Top Flops Of The 2016/2017 Season
Football Seasons are often remembered for title successes, classic encounters between top teams, incredible solo goals and fairy tale runs.
In real life, for every Cinderella story there are also tales of woe. 34 days before the start of the new league season, we figured- what better to do than take a look at last season’s flops? The ultimate Starting XI of players across Europe signed in the hopes that they would make big impacts but couldn’t quite find their feet.
CLAUDIO BRAVO — £17m Barcelona -> Manchester City
Speaking of feet, here’s a man who was signed for his but turned out to be a mishit.
Coming off the back of three successful years for club and country (Barcelona and Chile) Bravo was handpicked in the summer to replace fan-favourite Joe Hart as incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola favoured building from the back.
While he was supposed to be an answer for Pep’s ball possession kind of game play, the 33 year old Chilean posed more of problems than solutions. Bravo managed the fourth worst save rateof any premier league goalkeeper to make at least 10 premier league appearances in a season since 2009–10.
Bravo conceded 28 goals from just 22 games. I have seen a basket do a better job in goal than Bravo…
John Stones : £47.5m Everton — Manchester City
When a twenty-something year old defender costs almost £50m, there are certain expectations. To say John Stones did not meet them would be understating it.
He was supposed to be the next best thing after Alomo Bitters they said, boy were they mistaken. He struggled to live up to his big money move and only found consistency in making high profile mistakes.
If Stones does not go on to realize his potential, he will go down as one of the most expensive mistakes in Premier League history.
EZEQUEL GARAY : Zenith St Petersburg
Valencia £30m Let him who has not had a bad game cast the first stone, our next flop has had a bad season sadly so we are within our rights to hurl stones at him. After a distinctly average expedition at Russia with Zenith St Petersburg, GARAY returned to Spain with Valencia, a move which initially looked every bit of a bargain. What played out instead was the Argentine enduring a difficult season as his presence in the team proved insignificant. Perhaps the most telling stat to this effect was that Valencia shipped in a massive 65 goals in La Liga last season. Not a good look.
Moussa Sissoko : Newcastle -> Tottenham Hotspur £30m
Moussa Sissoko is the bag of chips you buy at the mall only to realise you bought a bag of fresh air. The only difference is that a bag of chips does not cost you 30million. After flattering to deceive at the Euros,it was suggested he was worth every bit of the money Spurs paid for him- beware work rate merchants. The French international was so poor that he couldnt even improve the Spurs bench. Signed for his pace and power, the Frenchman’s lack of technique and guile ensured he struggled to cope with the short passing, aggressive tempo of Tottenham.
ANDRE GOMEZ (£45.8m) Valencia>>> Barcelona
Huff, puffed and flopped Andre Gomes deserves special praise for managing to look so bad playing alongside Lionel Messi. Summer signing André Gomes has had a torrid time since joining the Catalans as his performances last season clearly showed he doesn’t have what it takes to play for a club like Barcelona. The Portuguese international has come to symbolize everything that went wrong with the current Barça squad contribution to the team has been without substance. If your argument is that he was played out of position, drop your address please, let us arrange a duel.
PAUL POGBA (£89m) Juventus -> Manchester United
Paul Pogba hogged the headlines with his return to Manchester United (POGBACK) and considering his huge price tag, much was expected from the Frenchman.
While he was far from abysmal, he rarely was the game changer you’d expect the World’s most expensive footballer to be.
Pogba’s gameplay was peppered with dribble, needless long-range shots and the seeming nervousness of his price tag. Although the club and Pogba himself tried to minimize the ”most expensive footballer in history” tag, it would seem Pogba is focused on proving his worth.
NICOLA GAITAN (£21m) Benfica -> Atletico Madrid
The Argentine international’s move to Atletico Madrid looked like an exciting addition when it announced. What played out instead was the 29-year-old struggling to make any meaningful contribution to his new side,which made his transition from the first team to the bench very justifiable.
GANSO (£8.3m) Sao Pablo -> Sevilla
From an accomplished Brazilian international Who plied his trade at Sao Paolo to a trail blazing benchwarmer at Sevilla.
The midfielder failed to live up to expectation at his new club — primarily because he has struggled to adapt to the rhythm of the Spanish game Ganso performances most times for Sevilla looked like a man disinterested and detached.
VINCENT JANSSEN : £18m AZ Alkmaar -> Tottenham Hotspur
Taking a pick from the collection of disappointing Attacking signings last summer is no easy feat but it will be a sin to leave out our penalty merchant, Vincent JANSSEN.
Having signed for Tottenham in the summer from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, Spurs fans were hoping the big Dutchman would be able to deliver in the absence of Harry Kane’s form.
What’s that thing they say about the best laid plans? The former Eredivisie top scorer fired more blanks than 200 anti-riot policemen. Two goals in 18 Epl appearances is the stuff of fluff. Spurs fans were desperate Janssen wouldn’t become an another Roberto Soldado 2.0 but life’s what it is.
GABIGOL. Santos — Inter Milan(£26M )
Brazilian football is littered with stories of young talents who fail to achieve their potential in Europe. It will be harsh to condemn Gabigol to the ranks already but without an upturn in fortunes soon, who knows?
Gabigol, known for scoring goals has found first team chances very difficult to come by in the Serie A and might very well be considering a move away.
Paco Alcacer : Valencia-> Barcelona £26.6m
Signed for over £26 million from Valencia, Alcacer was supposed to be the fruit of a summer spent chasing forwards. He was expected to make the difference when the MSN strike force couldn’t but fate had other plans. Unable to find the net until December, the 23 year old was made no real claim that to Luis Suárez’s starting berth.
Manager — Unai Emery
Simeone Zaza: (Juventus to West Ham loan)
Sofiane Boufal : Lille to Southampton)
Emanuele Giaccherini: (Sunderland to Napoli)
Kevin Volland : Hoffenheim to Bayer Leverkusen)
Ahmed Musa : Cska Moscow to Leicester City
Hatem Ben Arfa : Nice to PSG