'Expectations': ESPN pundit claims Sancho and Grealish have both been better than Chelsea attacker this season

Alejandro Moreno picked Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku as a bigger flop than fellow major signings Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.

Speaking on ESPN, Moreno placed the Belgian international above the two Manchester players in terms of disappointment this season.

Breaking down the let-downs

It is fair to say all three of the summer recruits have generally failed to live up to their lucrative price tags.

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Grealish broke the British transfer record when he joined Manchester City in a deal worth £100m (Sky Sports).

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He has since only scored or assisted six times in total, with his place in Pep Guardiola’s side not always assured.

Sancho’s stats make for even grimmer reading.

After moving to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund for £73m (Sky Sports) – their third most expensive signing ever – the 21-year-old was expected to take the Premier League by storm.

The young forward has been less tornado, more gentle breeze.

Two goals and zero assists from 23 games is all Sancho has to show so far.

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Lukaku at a loose end

Meanwhile, Lukaku’s numbers have been marginally better.

Following that £97.3m (Sky Sports) club record return to Stamford Bridge last summer, the striker has scored eight times and provided a pair of assists.

Yet, the goals have arrived far too infrequently, much like his performances as a whole.

Chelsea re-signed him to turn their title hopes into a reality; as it stands, this dream remains in fantasy land.

“I’m going to say, in terms of expectations, and what this player was supposed to be for this club, and what he had done with his career prior to coming to this club, I’m going to say Lukaku,” said Moreno on the largest failure of three.

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“He had done much more in his career than Sancho ever did, coming into this new role with Chelsea.

“Think of what Chelsea was before Lukaku came.

“’Now, we have a goal scorer. No longer depending on Kai Havertz or Timo Werner, now we’ve got everything figured out, we are winning everything’. Maybe not.”

We will defend Lukaku to an extent by saying Sancho has been a far worse addition to his respective club.

Chelsea’s number nine could still pick up three items of silverware this term, whilst Grealish is set to win the league.

Meanwhile, the United attacker might only be celebrating a top-four finish when May comes around.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.