Top 10 one-season wonders in the Premier League
A look at the players who sizzled briefly in their first seasons, but went on to find the going tough in the following seasons.
Every new signing in football is bound to fill the fans with massive expectations. Quite a few of them find it difficult in the first campaign as they struggle to adapt to the fixtures congestion and the physical requirements of the league. Some of them live up to the hype that the transfer generated, and get off to an electric start with their new teams.
However, in most cases, the second season doesn't prove to be as fruitful for them - the players stumble and lose their way and slowly move out of the limelight, never to be heard of again. In the PL, this phenomenon is more evident for some unfathomable reason.
Here are some of the players who got off to blistering starts with their teams, but couldn't continue in the same vein of form in the subsequent seasons:
#10 Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson looked set to earn himself a bright future from the moment he made his debut for Manchester City in 2006. The young midfielder, who was the engine in the middle of the pitch, was proclaimed as 'England's next big thing'.
However, a spate of injuries derailed a promising career and he could hardly even get himself ready to get onto the pitch. He made his final appearance aged 24, and sadly had to announce his retirement when he was just 25.
After 23 appearances in the 2007-08 season when his hamstring injury happened, he went to make only 4 more appearances in the PL over the course of the next 3 years. Since then, he has been under treatment for mental health problems in the UK.