The English Premier League has undoubtedly the most diverse set of talented players from all over the world. They are the players that amaze us day in and day out. They are the ones that make us jump out of our seats when they make a remarkable run or when they score an unbelievable goal or make a great, last minute block. They are what is best about the Premier League. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes the manager makes the wrong call when they sign a player. Sometimes the media hype creates unbelievable expectations from the player. So much is expected from them in September but by January we can’t wait for the team to sign someone else instead. This is a list that attempts to name all those hyped players with possible reasons as to why they have not been able to match their expectations.
#1 Shinji Kagawa
The first ever Japanese player to play for Manchester United is a case of being hyped by the fans rather than the media. With no big names available over the summer, fans were looking a player who could pick out the right pass, keep possession and provide the creativity that Manchester United only got from Wayne Rooney till now. While Moyes was trying to get Cesc Fabregas or Andy Herrera, fans wanted Moyes to give Kagawa a chance.
Kagawa has had his share of chances this year. He has appeared in 10 games with only an assist to his name. Although he looked good at the start of the season when linking with Rooney and Valencia, the arrival of Juan Mata will surely reduce his chances of returning to the starting XI.
Now with Van Persie's injury, Kagawa was introduced into the starting lineup against West Ham and he went on to have the best game of his season. Hopefully the Japanese international can keep up this form.
Stats for the 2013/14 season (up to Gameweek 30): 0 goals 1 assist