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Premier League players who lost their way

Monday 29th May 2017
The stresses and demands of the Premier League are intense for most players. In some instances, they actually become too much and players start to crack under the pressure. 

Some teams got the best from these struggling stars but others really, REALLY didn't - here's yet another list of Premier League history though, this time, likely stuff you've tried to forget:

Fernando Torres

'He's half a boy, he's half a girl...' and so on and so forth; Fernando Torres was hot property in Europe in the 2000's and he lit La Liga up for six years before moving to his favourite club: Liverpool. Torres' captain's armband is rumoured to have been printed with 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during his time at Atletico so there was only one option when it came time to leave the Calderon.

Annoyingly for Fernando, Roy Hodgson didn't really bring the best out of the Spaniard and Torres was transferred to Chelsea in January 2011 for £40 million - probably not the move the actually wanted. As it transpired, Torres picked up a Premier League, Champion's League and Europa League winners medal during his time at Chelsea for basically nothing at all.

Horrendous misses, an obvious decline in pace and several silly haircuts later and Torres is back in Spain doing what he does best - converting good chances into great goals.

Robin Van Persie

Contrary to Arsenal fan's belief that his name is pronounced: JU-DAS - Robin Van Persie departed Arsenal for Manchester United in 2012. Having grown tired of being a nearly winner. This isn't a slight on Arsenal, he really did leave in pursuit of trophies.

The Dutchman's first season at United was superb and he led the side to the club's 20th league title - exactly the reason he signed for the club in the first place.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of that very season leaving Van Persie without the mentor he wanted and without the man who promised him greatness. Enter David Moyes and RVP decided that everyone was getting in his way thanks to Moyes' tactics - apparently, Moyes favoured Rooney and Fellaini more than anyone else.

Fenerbache might not be the biggest club in Europe but it'll do for a wage packet.

Jonny Evans

That night against MK Dons thrashed Manchester United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup, where he was utterly ripped to shreds. Enough said, but if you want to be reminded......

Manuel Almunia

Initially signed as back up for the great Jens Lehmann, Almunia was something of a nobody at Arsenal. Relegated to cup matches only at the start of his Gunners career. A few penalty saves in his first season gave an indication that the Spaniard might actually have had some talent and, before long, he was making regular appearances in the first team as Lehmann was steadily fazed out.

Tragically, Almunia declined rapidly when he became the club's first-choice 'keeper and has been blamed for many of their 2000's failings.

Something of a reprieve was earned for Almunia once he joined Watford but nothing like the form he showed in his first season.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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