Top 10 Premier League Flops 2010/11

Each and every season that goes by in the English Premier League there are more and more players that are brought into the league that simply can’t back up the transfer fee paid for them and here is a list of our top ten Premier League flops.

1.     Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres has become the biggest Premier League flop since the start of this season following a British transfer record £50 million transfer from Liverpool to current club Chelsea.

Since making the transfer in January on the closing day of business, Torres has failed to live up to the huge price placed on his head after failing to score a single goal up until last weekend,

During his time at Liverpool, Torres has become one of the most prolific goalscorers in the clubs history but it seems that the transfer caused a huge dip in form that lead to the striker being referred to as a Premier League flop and one that takes this season’s top spot.

2.     Edin Dzeko

Yet another striker that had a proven goalscoring record before making his move but following the transfer has failed to be able to get into the English way of playing.

Costing Manchester City £32.5m, expectations were high for the striker but he has failed to deliver on those and now he is regarded as being a fringe player at the club rather than the first time superstar that the club expected him to be.

3.     Alexander Hleb

The former Arsenal midfielder headed to Barcelona and began to find the quality associated with him but after falling down the pecking order at the Spanish giants, he opted to agree to a loan transfer back to the Premier League with Birmingham City.

Since returning to the English game, Hleb has struggled to re-adapt to the way in which the game is played and has admitted that the style of football played at Birmingham City simply isn’t what he is used to.

4.     Stephen Ireland

Made his name at Manchester City after an impressive season last year, which saw a number of huge performances and goals from the centre of the field but it seems that the season was a one off, leaving his recent performances for Newcastle seemingly of lower quality than ever before.

5.     Yossi Benayoun

A strange purchase for a Chelsea side that had just completed the winning of the Premier League title but obviously the manager thought that the midfielder had more to offer the club than anyone else that would cost the club £6.6m.

Used as a fringe player, his performances tend to border on being average rather than ground breaking and in our eyes he has simply not lived up to the money spent on him from Liverpool.

6.     Joe Cole

Joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Chelsea which has to be seen as very clever business, Cole has failed to be able to make a claim for a regular first team place in the squad.

This has meant that Cole has been little more than a substitute for the club, used when they have tiring legs within the midfield.

A wasted talent in our eyes and looks set to be sold off in the summer with Liverpool saying that they see him surplus to requirements and gearing up to sell the former England playmaker for a fee thought to be worth £10m.

7.     Mario Balotelli

Joined Manchester City from Italian giants Inter Milan for £29m and seemed to be a great signing but the 20 year old has turned out to be yet another flop to enter the Premier League, struggling to make the transition between Italian football and British.

Balotelli has been in more trouble with the law than he has scored goals for the club, leading to talk that Man City will look to relieve themselves of the troubled striker and look to sell him back into the European leagues.

8.     Gai Assulin

Known for his time at Barcelona, Assulin came to the club with the weight of expectation on his shoulders and once the two clubs were finally able to agree a worthy transfer fee that suited both parties the deal was completed.

The fee paid for the midfielder was never disclosed by either party but paying anything for a player that has not made even one single appearance for the club has to be considered as bad business.

9.     John Carew

Carew came to the Premier League with a wealth of European experience under his belt and great things were expected from the aging striker but it seems that with the evolution of the Premier League and the players within it, Carew is more than a little behind the times.

Seen as more of a target man than anything else he was loaned to current club Stoke City but has failed to make the splash that many thought he might be able to.

10.  Sulley Muntari

Muntari is a force to be feared within the Italian game, his passing, vision and power suits the game completely but since joining Sunderland on loan he has failed to keep the pace, being nothing more than average at best and fading into the mass of ‘okay’ players currently playing in the Premier League.

Feel free to comment below  and shout your say who should be on the hit list

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  • I am confident Torres will score some more goals now that he has finally put an end to his goal drought. He will prove he is worth £50 million.

  • chris

    and where is bebe then? Does not even make it on the list, lazy yourno

    • Jaja

      It does say add to the list 🙂

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