There’s not a great deal of patience in Premier League football, with fans writing their signings off after a run of sub-standard performances. Fans declare that the Premier League is the most difficult league to play in, and some players have struggled to perform in the highest tier in England.
Whilst some players move too early in their careers & struggle to adapt, other players leave it too late & the intensity of the Premier League is too much.
What’s interesting with the younger players, is that they have managed to become a success after leaving the Premier League.
It’s hard to believe that Adnan Januzaj is still just 25 years old. He signed for Man Utd in 2011, from the highly rated Anderlecht Academy. He spent 6 years contracted at Old Trafford, but a number of failed loans hindered his development.
Things were looking good for Januzaj under David Moyes & he was one of the only players to shine during his spell as manager, but things turned when Louis Van Gaal was appointed.
Van Gaal declared that Januzaj has no self-awareness of his mistakes, and stated Januzaj and Depay wasted their opportunities. He survived Louis Van Gaal, but it was Jose Mourinho that put him on the transfer list.
In 2017, Real Sociedad snapped Januzaj up for £7 million, which ended all hopes of him becoming the next Cristiano Ronaldo… as he was once tipped.
Adnan is enjoying his time in La Liga, becoming an integral part of the squad. It’s just what he needed after a tough time with loan moves. He’s scored 10 goals and assisted 11 times since signing.
He’s a great example that you can leave the Premier League and re-ignite your career. He’s still got plenty of gametime left too, as he’s just 25 years old.
Looking for a star in Marseille, Newcastle signed Florian Thauvin for just over £13 million. Remy Cabella would leave Newcastle, going in the opposite way.
He was criticised by the media for turning up to a home game wearing a tuxedo, which he stated affected his performances immediately. He was unable to shine at St James Park, which partly can be attributed to the fact that Newcastle were underperforming in general.
He failed to perform & was loaned back to Marseille, after just half a season. He later made his loan move permanent & he’s back to his best now. There’s a fine line between being a flop & not being given a chance, but ultimately he failed to make an impact in the Premier League.
He was sold for £9 million. Back at Marseille, he’s scoring and assisting for fun. He’s scored 81 goals and assisted 48 times, during his time in France.
Jerome Boateng now has a full pedigree, with lots of titles to his name. He’s found his feet with Bayern Munich and pushed on, but things weren’t all so great for him.
After signing for Man City in 2010, he was sold in 2011 to Bayern. It’s another case of him not being given the chance to settle, but equally, he didn’t hit the ground running.
Man City were in a huge transitional phase, where they didn’t have time to develop players. They were spending huge amounts of money to increase their stature, which led to quite a few flops arriving. Boateng wasn’t the only flop, there was Robinho, Balotelli & Mangala who all failed to shine.
At 32, he’s planning for retirement now, but he can be proud of his achievements.
Another player which wasn’t handed the chances he deserved was Suso, at Liverpool. He spent 5 years at Anfield, but only made 20 appearances. He’s had his fair share of clubs, playing for AC Milan, Genoa and now Sevilla.
He’s never been a prolific goalscorer, but he’s only 26 years old and plays predominantly as a winger. He’s represented Spain 5 times. His most recent achievement was guiding Sevilla to the Europa League Final, where they become champions.
Mohamed Salah is the one example who actually returned to the Premier League. Initially Scouted by Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Chelsea, Salah joined for £11 million from FC Basel.
He couldn’t hold down a first team spot under Mourinho and was eventually loaned out to Fiorentina with an option to buy. Salah performed great & Fiorentina activated their clause to buy Salah at the end of the season. The transfer didn’t complete, as Mohamed Salah refused to make the transfer permanent.
Instead, he joined Roma on loan. Fast forward a few years, and he made the loan move permanent, costing Roma £13 million.
This is a rare story of a flop turning things around. He simply wasn’t given the chance at Chelsea, but Salah learnt his trade in Serie A. His form wasn’t going un-noticed & Liverpool had seen enough in 2017. They opened their chequebook, spending just shy of £40 million to bring him to Anfield.
We don’t need to explain any further than that. Mohamed Salah is now reportedly worth £108 million.