The 2015/2016 season finally came to an end with such spectacular fairy-tale ending. Leicester...
The 2015/2016 season finally came to an end with such spectacular fairy-tale ending. Leicester City, a team that narrowly escaped relegation the previous season, won the league in remarkable style. The season was not without drama and it continued right till the final day with Arsenal finishing second
The season saw players break out in style and redefine themselves while new entries who were relatively unknown took the league by storm. But it was not the same for all, as top players who came into the league with high expectations fell considerably flat. We take a look at the top 5 transfer flops of the 2015/2016 Barclays Premier League season.
Radamel Falcao, Loan.
The Premier League’s floppy disk. Chelsea would try to slot him into their setup hoping it would yield better returns than at Man Utd but El Tigre was having none of it. Back-to-back struggles at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge makes people wonder if Falcao should consider early retirement.
His season was plagued by injuries at Chelsea and would score one goal in 12 appearances. If Chelsea take up the option to sign him, they would have to pay £38m to Monaco for his services. No way it is happening.
Salomon Rondon, £12m.
The Venezuelan striker joined West Brom for a club-record fee in August and was unable to live up to the hype that saw him play exceptionally well at Zenit Saint Petersburg.
At the beginning of the year he had scored just five goals in 27 matches but would score an extra five in 13 matches to take his tally to 10 goals in 40 competitive appearances.
Pedro Rodriguez, £19m.
The former Barcelona ace joined Chelsea after much tussle between the London club and Man Utd over his signature after starting his career at Spain. This season proved to be a strange one for Chelsea and Pedro got affected too.
The Spanish forward scored 8 goals in all competitions (38), his lowest tally in top flight football and while the media thought it would hurt his chances at making the EUROs, the winger found himself called up to much surprise.
Christian Benteke, £32.5m.
You have to feel for the Belgian striker. Rumors of leaving Aston Villa had followed him since his arrival at Villa Park and his first move away to Anfield becomes an expensive disaster.
A second most espensive transfer of all time at Liverpool scored just 10 goals in 42 appearances. A striker is judged by goals scored but to be fair, the style of football at Liverpool does not suit the Belgian that much.
Memphis Depay, £30m.
The Man Utd player who was signed from PSV Eindhoven failed to break grounds in the Premier League this season and saw him after long stints of trials fall to the bench. The Dutch player who could come off as self-absorbing with his turning up to an U21 game in a Rolls Royce, scored 7 goals in as many as 45 appearances and his absence in the F.A Cup final squad was a big sign of how far he had fallen.
The Dutch winger blamed the novelty of the league and heavy training sessions on his poor form with Giggs suggesting his flashy lifestyle was a cause of his drop in form. Fans at Old Trafford are hoping a new manager would unlock his potential, a player, who many believed was the Cristiano-Ronaldo reborn.