It happens every season, a player is signed for big money, but fails to live up to the hype. The Premier League has seen its fair share of flops over the years. Fabien Barthez anyone? So, who ranks in this season’s top 5 Premier League flops list?
Until Manchester City’s recent surge in form, defender John Stops looked like one of the biggest Premier League flops in some time. The centre-back arrived from Everton last summer for £47.26 million. What City received was an error prone defender that has shown little of what made him so sought after. Although he wasn’t infallible while on Merseyside.
Over the course of Manchester City’s last four Premier League fixtures, Stones has scored some of his highest ratings of the season, according to WhoScored.com. But he still has a ways to go to get off our list as one of the 5 biggest Premier League flops of the season.
Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford stormed on to the scene last year, but his sophomore season has been anything but brilliant.
Rashford has already appeared in double the Premier League games this term, but has only returned three goals. Last year, the forward played only 11 times and tallied five goals as he become a beloved part of the Red Devils.
Things haven’t been great for the teen under Jose Mourinho thus far, which is why he lands on our biggest Premier League flops of the season list.
Not too long ago, Daniel Sturridge was an important part of Liverpool’s attack. The striker was scoring goals for fun and was nearly unstoppable.
Yet, under Jurgen Klopp, Sturridge hasn’t hit the same heights. Sturridge rarely wants to play the high-pressure system that Klopp prefers, which is one reason he regularly finds himself on the bench.
Nine Premier League games, 543 minutes and two goals is all that this Premier League flop has delivered in 2016-17.
West Ham were set to buy Simone Zaza from Juventus after a successful loan spell. Unfortunately for all parties, that successful loan spell never happened; and the Hammers shipped him out in January.
Zaza was highly sought after, but why? The Italian striker had one good season in Serie A playing for overachievers Sassuolo in 2014-15. Arguably, his performances were down to the creative spark of Domenico Berardi. Yet, Zaza was the one many teams desired.
Zaza scored just five goals in Serie A last season, but was must remembered for his amazingly catastrophic penalty miss at the Euros. Perhaps that is why West Ham wanted him.
It took this Premier League flop just a few months before leaving east London. Arrivederci!
A back up at Manchester City, Wilfried Bony was expected to be the main striker for Stoke upon his arrival. Despite scoring twice in 11 games, Bony has been one of the biggest Premier League flops this term; and often finds himself on the bench. If he is on the pitch, he sure isn’t scoring.
His poor play showed in Stoke’s early season form as the Potteries were mired in the relegation zone. Only on loan, one has to question how Bony is valuated at £17m currently.