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Football’s Ultimate ‘One Season Wonders’

Miguel Michu
Few have higher debut seasons than Michu | Alex Livesey/Getty Pictures

Admit it, we have all seen a participant tearing it up and instantly thought ‘wager they’re gonna flop subsequent 12 months.’

Normally we’re confirmed incorrect – keep in mind when Harry Kane was sure to fail after a powerful first season? Nonetheless typically, simply typically, after a panoramic season, a participant will staggeringly flop the next 12 months. When this occurs they’re labelled as ‘one season wonders’.

Let’s check out the highest ten gamers who’ve earned the accolade.

Michael Bridges
Accidents performed a major function in Bridges downfall | Michael Steele/Getty Pictures

Bridges established himself as one in all England’s brightest younger forwards after scoring 19 targets in his debut season at Leeds.

Sadly for the striker, nevertheless, the remainder of his profession was blighted by harm. He performed simply ten video games over the subsequent 4 seasons at Leeds, earlier than being launched in 2004.

DJ Campbell
The striker was lethal in his debut season within the Premier League | Chris Brunskill/Getty Pictures

DJ Campbell stunned everybody by tucking targets away with ease in his debut season within the Premier League. He discovered the web 13 occasions for Blackpool that marketing campaign – though his targets weren’t sufficient to maintain them within the prime flight.

Queens Park Rangers followers would have been brimming with pleasure when the striker signed for them the next 12 months…yeah…they should not have been. He scored as soon as for the Rs.

Wigan Athletic's Egyptian player Amr Zak
Zaki was renown for his lack of professionalism | IAN KINGTON/Getty Pictures

Zaki had an excellent begin to life in England, scoring 5 targets in his first six video games. By Christmas he’d scored ten occasions for Wigan together with an acrobatic effort towards Liverpool, and at one level he was the third-highest goalscorer within the league.

It appeared Wigan had unearthed an actual star. After being linked with a bunch of prime golf equipment everybody anticipated his goalscoring exploits to proceed after the brand new 12 months.

That is not fairly the way it labored out. The Egyptian went goalless for the remainder of the marketing campaign and famously refused to return to the membership after a world fixture.

Grafite
Grafite was devastating alongside Dzeko | Mike Hewitt/Getty Pictures

Grafite’s greatest remembered for forming an unstoppable partnership with Edin Dzeko. The pair racked up 54 targets between them as they fired Wolfsburg to a exceptional Bundesliga title method again in 2009.

After scoring 28 targets that marketing campaign he may handle simply 11 the subsequent season; not a dangerous returns, however he’d set his requirements fairly excessive the 12 months earlier than. One other disappointing season adopted earlier than he was shipped off to United Arab Emirates facet Al Ahli.

Carlos Alberto
His profession peaked very early | Phil Cole/Getty Pictures

After serving to Porto safe an unlikely Champions League title, the younger Brazilian appeared to have the world at his toes. The 19-year-old had began each recreation within the knockout rounds and opened the scoring within the remaining.

Nonetheless, the departure of Jose Mourinho noticed a downturn in type for the Brazilian. He rapidly fell out of favour beneath the brand new supervisor and returned to Brazil.

Alberto later tried his luck once more in Europe at German facet Werder Bremen however that proved disastrous. He returned to Brazil in 2010 by no means to be seen on European shores once more.

Benjani
Benjani may by no means recreate his early 2007/08 type | Ben Hoskins/Getty Pictures

Maybe it is extra correct to name Benjani a half-season surprise.
Having joined Portsmouth from French facet Auxerre, the Zimbabwean had a reasonably uninspiring first few seasons within the league.

In 2007/08 nevertheless, one thing awoke within the Portsmouth striker. A person possessed, he scored 12 targets by January earlier than being promptly snapped up by Manchester City.

No matter had awoken in Benjani seemingly dozed off once more when he arrived in Manchester and he’d rating simply three targets all through the remainder of the season.

Michael Ricketts, Craig Curran
Ricketts needed to drop down the divisions to rediscover his goal-scoring contact | Hamish Blair/Getty Pictures

After serving to Bolton Wanderers get promoted to the top-flight, Ricketts took to Premier League soccer like a fish to water. By February, the striker had already scored 12 occasions. His exploits even caught the attention of England supervisor Sven-Göran Eriksson who rewarded Ricketts along with his worldwide debut.

This proved to be a defining second within the striker’s profession and it is protected to say he positively peaked right here. He did not rating for the remainder of the marketing campaign and scarcely discovered the web all through the remainder of his profession.

Vincent Janssen
Janssen flopped dramatically at Tottenham | Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Pictures

Janssen burst onto the scene in spectacular style, scoring a sensational 31 targets in his debut season with AZ Alkmaar. He was promptly snapped up by Tottenham Hotspur who will need to have thought they’d a celebrity on their fingers.

It is protected to say that is not the way it labored out, and after only one season and two targets, Janssen was shipped out to Fenerbahce on mortgage.

Sadio Berahino
Not how he imagined his profession panning out | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Pictures

Berahino was one of many shock packages through the 2014/15 season, scoring 20 targets in all competitions for the Baggies. After being rewarded with an England call-up most followers anticipated large issues from the younger ahead.

Sadly, he’ll most likely be greatest remembered by followers for throwing a tantrum after a transfer to Spurs fell via and tweeting that he’d by no means play for the membership once more.

He finally moved to Stoke however his goalscoring contact had fully eluded him on the level, and he famously went over 900 days and not using a purpose.

Miguel Michu
The Spaniard having fun with an excellent first season in Wales | Julian Finney/Getty Pictures

After being plucked out of obscurity by newly-promoted Swansea, the Spaniard took the Premier League by storm.

Michu scored a surprising 18 targets through the 2012/13 season and rapidly established himself as a fan favorite. Sadly, he fizzled out simply as rapidly as he exploded onto the scene. The next season he managed simply two targets, and only a few seasons later, Michu was enjoying in Spain’s fourth division.

Don’t be concerned Michu, the streets will not overlook you.

— to www.90min.com

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