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5 Player Exits That Have Made Their Teams Significantly Weaker This Season

For teams, the transfer window may be a challenging time. Finding a team’s inconsistencies is one thing; addressing them by adding players who fit the correct type of profile is quite another. Another big source of concern for organizations is player departures, which particularly impacts teams with a smaller size.

 

Footballers are justified in wanting to play for the top clubs in Europe, in seeking a new challenge, or in seeking a larger paycheck. However, the selling club must make an effort to ensure that the departures don’t disrupt the team’s flow, and that can be challenging.

 

This summer saw a large number of top footballers change teams. Without further ado, let’s examine five player departures that substantially affected teams.

5. Paulo Dybala – Juventus


This summer, Paulo Dybala’s deal with Juventus was supposed to expire. Argentina’s international player and Juventus couldn’t agree on the conditions of a new contract. The Bianconeri’s choice to break a commitment they made to Dybala in October was a major factor in the exit.

Juventus have agreed to pay Dybala an annual salary of €8 million for a four-year contract, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Argentina international was unhappy with the new rules after Juventus changed the agreement’s provisions.

Since then, he has switched for free to AS Roma. Juventus’ offense has unquestionably lost a lot of imagination as a result of Dybala’s departure. The Old Lady’s start to the new season has been shaky, with two wins and three draws in their first five Serie A games. They also lost their Champions League opener to Paris Saint-Germain by a score of 2-

4. Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund


At the age of 22, Erling Haaland is regarded as one of the top strikers in the world. Over the course of two and a half seasons, he made 89 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions, scoring 86 goals and contributing 23 assists. The departure of the excellent Norwegian striker would have had a significant impact on Dortmund.

Dortmund required a player of Haaland’s caliber in order to compete with Bayern Munich, who were the dominant team. They no longer possess their X-factor, and they will undoubtedly fall behind the Bavarians in the Bundesliga.

Haaland, meanwhile, has had a successful start to life at Manchester City. He has so far made eight appearances for Pep Guardiola’s team in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and contributing an assist.

3. Jules Kounde – Sevilla


After four gameweeks, Sevilla is ranked 17th in the La Liga standings. They have not yet recorded a victory this season in either the La Liga or the Champions League, losing their opening match in Europe against Manchester City 4-0 in the middle of the week.

The Andalusians have played five games this season and have only scored three goals while giving up twelve. Losing their starting center backs Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos is the primary cause of their defense’s confusion.

Kounde’s move to Barcelona seems to have had the biggest impact on the two. By allowing such a talented player to join a rival for a fee of €55 million, Sevilla has put itself in risk.

2. Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea


Thomas Tuchel has been fired as Chelsea’s manager as a result of the team’s terrible start to the new campaign. They invested more than €180 million this summer to improve their defense. However, the quality at the back has only become worse this season, which says a lot about Antonio Rudiger’s skills.

Under Tuchel, the Germany international was a monster at the back. In Chelsea’s backline, he was a tough presence who wouldn’t give attackers any breathing room in the final third.

Rudiger left Chelsea for Real Madrid on a free transfer after negotiations over a new contract between the two sides fell through. In the Blues’ first six Premier League games of the season, they have given up nine goals.

1. Sadio Mane – Liverpool


In 51 appearances for Liverpool last season across all competitions, Mane contributed five assists and 23 goals. Liverpool believed that letting Mane leave in the summer wouldn’t have much of an impact after signing Luis Diaz from FC Porto in January 2022.

They allowed it to happen, and now they are beginning to regret it. The Merseysiders’ season has gotten off to a shaky start. They lack the bite and edge Mane gave to their attack, and frequently they have appeared to be moving forward without teeth.

The Senegal international, who has five goals in eight appearances across all competitions, is expanding at Bayern Munich in the near future.

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