10 Premier League flops who proved themselves elsewhere

Preston North End v Manchester United - FA Cup Fifth Round
Preston North End v Manchester United - FA Cup Fifth Round
Varun Totadri
Modified 05 May 2021
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Over the years, the Premier League has proven itself to be the most difficult league to even the most gifted athletes in world football. The speed and physicality of the English top-flight has gotten the better of several footballers. Sometimes, huge expectations from passionate club fans can have a bearing on the player's mentality.

Many footballers have thrived on the expectations that the Premier League brings. The likes of Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry, Sergio Aguero and Cristiano Ronaldo were never overwhelmed by the occasion and went on to become Premier League legends.

However, some players have succumbed to the league's pressure and have sought to recapture their form by plying their trade in other leagues across the globe.

On that note, let's look at 10 Premier League flops who proved themselves elsewhere.

#10 Juan Cuadrado

Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League
Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

The versatile Colombian made a name for himself at Fiorentina before impressing for his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. His performances earned him a move to Chelsea in February 2015 in a deal worth £26 million, which also saw Mohamed Salah join Fiorentina on loan.

Juan Cuadrado made just thirteen league appearances for Chelsea in half a season with the club before being loaned out to Juventus for the next two campaigns. The winger was barely given a chance to prove himself with the Blues.

However, Cuadrado rejuvenated his career while on loan at Juventus, immediately becoming a regular starter for the club. He earned himself a permanent move to Turin in 2017 in a deal worth €20 million. The speedster is currently a key member of Andrea Pirlo's squad owing to his ability to play as a winger, right-back and wing-back.

#9 Henrikh Mkhitariyan

Manchester United v AS Roma - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg One
Manchester United v AS Roma - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg One

The Armenian international was one of the most sought after European talents after his excellent 2015-16 season with Borussia Dortmund. After registering 23 goals and 32 assists in 52 games across all competitions, Mkhitaryan deservedly won the 'Bundesliga Players' Player of Season' award, culminating into a move to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan struggled to cope with the speed and physicality of the Premier League in his first few months with the club, but soon became a regular in Manchester United's starting XI under Jose Mourinho. His performances also helped the team lift the Europa League trophy.

In his second season with the club, Mkhitaryan was often left on the bench as Mourinho adopted a more defensive-minded approach. He was eventually used as part of a swap deal to bring Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan was tipped to succeed at Arsenal because of the club's free-flowing, possession-based style of football. The 32-year-old, however, failed to have the desired impact during his time with the club and was eventually sent to AS Roma on a loan deal.

The former Dortmund star has become one of Roma's star players since joining the club. He has contributed 20 goals across 70 appearances in all competitions for the Italian giants and has formed a formidable partnership with Edin Dzeko.

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Published 03 May 2021
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