Things haven't exactly gone to plan for the World Cup winner

The shocking Premier League table since Chelsea signed Enzo Fernandez for a British transfer record

It’s just over a year since Chelsea broke the British transfer record to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

The midfielder’s stock had grown massively, having just played a pivotal role in Argentina’s World Cup triumph in Qatar.

Widely regarded as one of the finest young talents in all of Europe, Fernandez was continually linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in a protracted transfer saga that went all the way down to deadline day – for a mammoth fee of £106.8million.

Having finally got their man, the rising star was tipped to help turn around the Blues’ ailing form. When he signed for the club, they were sat 10th in the Premier League table and adrift of the Champions League places.

But things ended up going from bad to worse. Graham Potter was sacked in early April and results somehow dipped further as Frank Lampard made a miserable return to the dugout.

Twelve months on, Chelsea find themselves 10th in the table and out of the top four race once again.

Fernandez himself has shown more than a few flashes of becoming a quality performer for Chelsea, particularly under his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino this season, but he hasn’t been able to have the impact he desired.

“We need time, it’s a process with a lot of new players,” the midfielder told ESPN Argentina in December.

“The group came together this year, it isn’t easy to quickly find a good way of playing.

“But we are doing all we can to find that style as quickly as possible.”

We’ve taken a look at the Premier League table since Fernandez signed for Chelsea to get a feel of how they’ve fared with English football’s most expensive player.

Note: we’ve only included the 17 teams that have been in the English top flight throughout that time, so not including last season’s relegated trio or 2023-24’s newly-promoted sides. All teams have played 41 games unless otherwise specified.

1. Man City – 90 points (played 39)
2. Liverpool – 89 points
3. Arsenal – 80 points
4. Aston Villa – 79 points
5. Manchester United – 74 points
6. Tottenham – 68 points (played 40)
7. Brighton – 66 points (played 42)
8. Newcastle – 65 points
9. West Ham – 58 points
10. Wolves – 56 points
11. Brentford – 51 points (played 39)
12. Everton – 50 points
13. Bournemouth – 49 points (played 40)
14. Fulham – 47 points (played 40)
15. Chelsea – 46 points
16. Crystal Palace – 45 points
17. Nottingham Forest – 38 points

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