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The Top 5 Premier League Striker Flops

Saturday 14th January 2017
Last year Everton boss Ronald Koeman insisted that striker Oumar Niasse will never play under him whilst he's the boss at Goodison. Niasse has since joined Hull this transfer window. Let's face it, the forward was a bit of a flop for Everton. With that in mind, here are five other Premier League strikers who flopped spectacularly on the big stage.

Number Five:

Roberto Soldado
Back in 2013 after the sale of Gareth Bale, Tottenham were in desperate need of a goal scorer to help propel them towards the top four in the Premier League. Daniel Levy forked out a club record £26 million fee to activate the buy-out clause and bring the Spanish striker to the Lane. Despite scoring a penalty on his debut against Crystal Palace, he went on to score just six more goals in 52 games. Not a great return on the £26 million the club had invested.

Number Four:

In 2008 Sheikh Mansour acquired Manchester City, and since then City have enjoyed arguably the best period in their history. Sadly, they might want to forget that ever signed Brazilian flop - Jô. He cost City £18 million, a deal which then manager Mark Hughes described as “a massive coup for the club” however, Jo didn't hit the heights. Scoring just three goals in 21 games before being shipped out to Everton on loan. Hughes was later sacked and a couple of years later, City won their first piece of silverware for 35 years.

Number Three:

Andriy Shevchenko
Whilst in Italy Andriy Shevchenko won pretty much everything, including the Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003. He scored an incredible 175 goals in 296 games across seven years. In 2006, Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich came calling and in the same year after the first deal fell through (in 2005), Shevchenko swapped Milan for London and joined Chelsea for £30.8 million. Injuries did halt his goal scoring ratio but he left Chelsea having scored 19 in 68 games, and for a player who is awash with honours, that wasn't good enough and he was sent back to Milan after just two years.

Number Two:

Afonso Alves
Before we discovered Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's ability to achieve an eye-watering goal to games ratio, Afonso Alves was tearing up the Eredivisie. In 2006, having scored 45 goals in 29 games, including scoring seven goals in one game, Middlesbrough came calling and in the 2007/8 season paid a seemingly cheap £13 million for the Brazilian. But he could not find his form and managed a dismal 10 goals in 42 games. The season after he joined Middlesbrough were relegated after scoring just four goals all season.

Number One:

Without a doubt, Sir Alex Ferguson brought some world class players to Manchester United: Cantona, Rooney, Ronaldo, De Gea, Cole, the list goes on. However, for every Cantona, there's a Djemba-Djemba. A heavily ridiculed figure at Old Trafford, Bebé joined United in 2008 but failed to establish himself anywhere near the first team and he was sent out on several loan spells in Turkey and Portugal. He made just two appearances for United in a torrid four-year spell. Ferguson did admit that he hadn't seen Bebe play before signing him, there's a lesson to be taken onboard by any football manager out there.
Tom Staniszewski
I'm Tom and I'm currently a third year journalism student based in Southampton. I'm a Crystal Palace fan and get to as many games as I can. I enjoy watching football from various leagues across Europe and I plan to host a football related radio show in the near future.

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