8 Players Who Immediately Flopped After Coming to the Premier League


The Premier League can offer many things for football players. The highest competition in Queen Elizabeth’s country could be a golden opportunity for gridiron actors to become stars.

However, the Premier League, which is claimed to be the most intense competition in the world, can also be a graveyard for anyone who is unprepared and unfit.

Many star players who failed in the Premier League. Including these eight players, the Daily Star version.

They failed to shine in the Premier League, even just dropping by a season and then going to find their luck elsewhere.

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Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria was even traumatized by Manchester United. Di Maria had a difficult time in Manchester in 2014 after not having a good relationship with Louis van Gaal.

“My problem at Manchester was the coach. Van Gaal was the worst in my career,” he said.

Di Maria made 33 appearances that season but still contributed 12 assists and four goals.

Afonso Alves

Afonso Alves

The Brazilian arrived at Middlesbrough with an extraordinary reputation, having scored 45 goals in 39 games for Dutch side Heerenveen. But he flops the following season.

In 31 appearances for Middlesbrough in the 2008/2009 Premier League, he only scored four goals and made three assists.

Massimo Taibi

Massimo Taibi

Replacing Peter Schmeichel will never be an easy task for any goalkeeper. Taibi was far from the mark when he signed for United.

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The Italian cost him £4.5m, but even that seemed overpriced after several appearances, including a horror display against Southampton and a 5-0 loss to Chelsea.

Jean-Alain Boumsong

St James Park Stadium, home of Newcastle

Newcastle paid 8.5 million euros to re-sign the centre-back from Rangers in 2005. But, it failed.

One of his most phenomenal mistakes was against Liverpool where he failed to make the most basic clearance before tackling Peter Crouch. After 41 appearances for the Magpies, he somehow managed to secure a move to Italian giants Juventus.

Per Kroldrup

Everton spent £5 million to bring the centre-back to Goodison Park. After four years at Udinese, his career on Merseyside is definitely one to forget.

The Dane has only made one appearance for the Toffees, having picked up a groin injury before the ball was even kicked. He missed the first few months of the 2005/2006 season.

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Sean Dundee

Dundee has scored just three goals in the German league for Karlsruher SC. However, that did not stop Liverpool from signing him in 1998 for £2 million.

He only managed to make three appearances as a substitute towards the end of the season, and was one of the worst players to ever wear the Reds jersey.

Mateja Kezman

Kezman impressed in the Dutch League by scoring 105 goals in 122 games for PSV.

But Kezman’s career with Chelsea in the Premier League did not go smoothly, he was only able to score seven goals in 40 appearances.



Manchester United have a habit of recruiting talented young players and turning them into stars.

But sadly they misfired when they signed Bebe in 2010. The Portuguese winger arrived with a lot of hype following him, but his debut season at the club was shaky. He only scored two goals in seven appearances in all competitions.

During his four years at Old Trafford, he was loaned out to Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira before leaving for Benfica without playing for the Red Devils again.

Source: Daily Star


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