10 Big-Name Footballers Who Will Be a Flash in the Pan
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Everyone that loves football has a love/hate relationship with the transfer season.
We all want to see our clubs sign new players that could help the current crop move forward, while praying to our respected deity that we keep all the good ones we have and that they aren't poached by another side.
However, for all of those big moves that happen for your side, there are those that show so much promise yet fail to deliver. The term "flash in the pan," covers that frustrating reality to the utmost ability.
With that glaring thought in the back of our minds, here are 10 well known, big-name players that could unfortunately be just that at their new clubs.
Wayne Bridge on-Loan, Again
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Wayne Bridge may not be a superstar, but most everyone knows his name and who he is. His loan spell to Sunderland last season never truly got off the ground, nor did his one at West Ham in the 2010-11 season the year prior.
Once again, he has been sent packing by Manchester City with this season's destination Npower Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion as reported by BBC Sport.
He is likely to have a great first month or two, but unfortunately for Gus Poyet, the Bridge of the last few seasons is bound to rear his head and fail to make much of a difference in the long run.
Aside from having been listed as having ruined his Coca-Cola sponsorship deal by drinking a Pepsi according to USA Today, the former Barcelona and AC Milan star, Ronaldinho, just recently signed with Atletico Mineiro as announced by the Guardian in early June 2012.
Although he has one goal and one assist from his four appearances so far, the great form he is sure to exhibit in the beginning is almost certain to wain and lose its luster when he, once again, returns to his old habits of over partying and under training.
Catania's Argentine striker Maxi Lopez was thought a major talent when he went on-loan to AC Milan for 10 games at the end of the 2011-12 season. However, only two goals from his time in Milan failed to impress enough for him to seal a permanent deal.
According to ESPN, Lopez has agreed to a loan move with newly Serie A returned Sampdoria for the coming campaign.
Lopez is once again expected to make a great showing but fail to live up to his expectations.
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Former Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands was once a highly sought after target years ago when he was a solid attacker for Rangers.
A failed stint in Germany saw him return to the British Isles with Newcastle United, where his best season for the Magpies came in 2009-10 during their Npower Championship winning promotion campaign.
The Danish international has recently sealed a deal to move to Championship side Birmingham as announced by the Daily Mail, but there is no guarantee that a hot August and September in his honeymoon period will lead to a productive season in the long run.
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Brazilian striker Amauri was at the height of his Serie A power during his time with Palermo from 2006-08, where he scored 23 goals in 52 appearances for the Sicilians, earning a move to Juventus in 2008.
A solid 14 goal first season with Turin giants was all that ever truly came to pass as the following season's saw failure for him to live up to his previous showings.
A loan spell at Parma saw him enjoy a seven goal in 11 showings purple patch that gave people hope that he could return to form. However, Juventus were never again made believers, as they released him to free agency at the end of 2010-11.
Fiorentina then signed him up during the 2011-12 season to only see one goal from 13 appearances.
Parma apparently still have faith in the floundering 32-year-old as they signed him this past week as announced by Sky Sports. However, I have faith that he will flop once more.
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Dutch international winger Eljero Elia was once a massively hyped prospect during his day's at FC Twente in Holland and then Hamburg HSV in the German Bundesliga.
A move to Italian giants Juventus looked to finally be the player earning his dues in 2011-12 when he moved to Turin. However, like several other players, such as Diego, that moved to Juve from the Bundesliga, his career never happened.
His single season in Italy saw him only make five starts, with no goals and no assists and nothing but frustration.
After securing a move back to Germany with Werder Bremen in the past week, as announced by the New York Daily News, there is much fear that the player may have lost his top form that had originally earned him all of his accolades, and that his once hugely anticipated career may be on the outs.
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After a season with English Premier League side Stoke City, veteran defender Jonathan Woodgate is returning to his former club, Middlesbrough in the Championship.
The Independent announced the move this past week, but despite all of his experience and mental toughness, his body is likely to let him down once more after a strong start, as fatigue takes its toll.
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Pavel Pogrebnyak had a strong loan spell at Fulham during the second half of the 2011-12 season in the English Premier League.
His form earned him enough praise that newly promoted side Reading have picked him up as their marquee signing of the summer so far as they prepare to keep their place in the English top flight as long as possible.
ESPN announced the player's completion of transfer and personal terms just this week. However, despite his strong showing last season, Pogrebnyak is likely to start strong and then fade away.
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Arsenal's acquisition of Montpellier striker, Olivier Giroud comes with much pomp and circumstance over the lofty hopes for the players tenure at the London Club after his signing was announced by the Telegraph.
However, despite all the promise that he is believed to have, there is one glaring fact that causes his move to be looked at with close scrutiny. That fact is that the last several strikers that have moved from France to Arsenal have failed miserably.
Marouane Chamahk has been an utter disaster with only 12 goals and nine assists in 63 games since moving from Bordeaux at the start of the 2010-11 season. Additionally Park Chu-Young cannot even break into the first team after his move from Monaco last season.
Giroud has many critics to overturn if he is to be successful at Arsenal, but if history repeats itself, he is set to be another victim of the France to Arsenal curse.
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Greek international attacking midfielder Sotiris Ninis was once a highly tracked target by Manchester United during the summer of 2010, as the Daily Mirror once ran down a need to know list of facts on the youngster.
However, that move never came to pass. Now Italian side Parma have signed him from Panathinaikos as confirmed by Football-Italia.
The player was involved in the 2010 World Cup for Greece as well as the 2012 UEFA European Championship, but recent injuries have cast doubt on his future.
If he does not get the supporting cast around him he needs at Parma, he is destined to fail.