25 Premier League Players Whose Stock Has Fallen After 2013/14
The 2013/14 Premier League season has come to an end, and there have been many underrated players who have surprised many with their performances in the top flight this season.
But who are the players who have gone backward in their development after being tipped for better things this campaign?
Here we review the 25 Premier League players whose stock has considerably fallen after the 2013/14 season.
Aston Villa: Christian Benteke
After scoring 19 goals in 34 league games in his debut season at Aston Villa, big things were expected of striker Christian Benteke in 2013/14.
But the 23-year-old crumbled under the weight of expectation in his second term, scraping just 10 league goals and enduring an 11-game goal drought.
According to The Independent, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea were sides being linked with his services last summer. Following his ruptured Achilles tendon in December, he’s now likely to remain in mediocrity with the Midlands outfit, while having missed out on this summer's World Cup with Belgium through injury.
Aston Villa: Andreas Weimann
After ending the 2012/13 campaign with 12 goals in all competitions, big things were expected of Andreas Weimann this season. Especially with big-names clubs having been linked with his services in the summer, with the Metro suggesting Liverpool could make an approach.
Weimann, 22, signed a new deal with the club and was given the No. 10 shirt, but it just hasn’t clicked for him in 2013/14. The Austrian international has scored just six goals all season in all competitions for Aston Villa, netting just twice in his last 15 league games.
Chelsea: Ashley Cole
Cole has been a regular for Chelsea since signing from Arsenal in 2006, but this season the veteran defender lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta and made just three league starts since January.
It got worse for the left-back following a phone call from England manager Roy Hodgson, who told him he wasn’t selected for the World Cup squad, as reported by The Guardian.
Cole has since retired from international football and could be ending his stay in the Premier League too, as he's yet to extend his contract with the Blues past this summer.
Cardiff City: Wilfried Zaha (on Loan from Manchester United)
Big things were expected of Wilfried Zaha when he was signed by Manchester United for £10 million on January 2013, with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson calling him a "player of potential," as reported by The Daily Mail.
But less than 18 months later, the 21-year-old found himself surplus to requirements during his loan spell at relegated Cardiff City, making just five league starts in four months.
Crystal Palace: Tom Ince (on Loan from Blackpool)
Tom Ince’s move to the Premier League has been long-awaited, with Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis tipping him to become a "top Premier League player" in The Guardian if he could continue his development. He joined Palace on loan from Blackpool in January to prove his worth in the top division after things became stale with the underachieving Championship side.
However, it didn’t pan out for him at Palace as the 22-year-old found himself an unused sub in six games for the Eagles, while making just one league start since March. Ince will be a free agent in the summer too.
Fulham: Brede Hangeland
Fulham defender Brede Hangeland used to be the ever-dependable man at the heart of the defence since his move to Craven Cottage in 2008. The club captain found himself previously linked with a move to Arsenal, according to The Telegraph; such was the nature of his consistent displays.
But this season, his age has seemingly caught up with him, with the 32-year-old missing three months due to a nerve problem and suffering relegation with a Fulham side that conceded a staggering 85 goals in the league.
Fulham: Konstantinos Mitroglou
Konstantinos Mitroglou has become a forgotten man at Fulham. Signing from Greek champions Olympiakos in January for £14 million, it was a shock he initially joined the Premier League strugglers, and even more surprisingly he's barely featured since making the move.
The 26-year-old made just one league start since his January arrival and looks destined to leave this summer. He scored 152 goals in 315 games prior to joining the Premier League, but wasn’t afforded any action under Cottagers manager Felix Magath despite the side being in a relegation battle.
Liverpool: Daniel Agger
Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger had a torrid season for the Merseyside outfit this season. He made just 16 Premier League starts in 2013/14, while the Express hinting that manager Brendan Rodgers was growing frustrated with his poor form.
To think the Danish international was previously linked with Barcelona and Manchester City seems a distant memory as Agger just wasn’t been good enough for the Reds when their defence needed him the most.
Liverpool: Lucas Leiva
The injury-prone midfielder barely featured for Liverpool during the second half of the season, making five league starts in 2014, and he found himself ousted from the team in favour of the impressive Jordan Henderson too.
Lucas once lavished in the praise for his abilities as a holding midfielder for Liverpool, but with Steven Gerrard having made the role his own this season, there’s not been much manager Brendan Rodgers can do with Lucas when his side are at full strength.
The 27-year-old has been a notable omission from the Brazil squad for this summer’s World Cup too.
Manchester City: Micah Richards
Micah Richards saw his stock fall the most this season. The long-serving Manchester City right-back has made two league appearances all campaign. The 25-year-old has been an unused substitute 16 times and his contract is up at the end of the 2014/15 season, which should see him seek out an exit this summer.
He was hoping to be regular in the England setup by now, according to a report from The Independent, but hasn’t featured for the national team since 2012.
Manchester City: Matija Nastasic
Injuries and poor form early this season led to Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic’s stock to greatly fall. Sky Sports football expert Jamie Carragher praised him for his performances last season alongside Vincent Kompany, but highlighted how he just didn’t hit the same heights in 2013/14.
With the vastly improving form of fellow defender Martin Demichelis, as documented by Sky Sports, Nastasic has a task to force his way back into the first team when fit.
Manchester City: Jack Rodwell
It seems criminal that the former Everton midfielder is in line to get a Premier League winners’ medal as Manchester City’s Jack Rodwell has played the minimum game needed— five appearances.
The 23-year-old has made just one league start for City this season and hasn’t represented the England national team since June 2013. Amassing 25 appearances in all competitions since joining from Everton in 2012 has seen Rodwell's stock plummet.
Manchester City: Stevan Jovetic
When Manchester City showed off their summer signings, former Fiorentina striker Steven Jovetic was supposed to be the biggest addition and tipped to set the Premier League alight by The Guardian.
But with the 24-year-old making just two starts in the league all season, it just didn’t click for Jovetic. He was a wanted man by Arsenal among others, according to The Guardian, but three goals later and he’s no longer on anyone’s transfer shortlist.
Manchester United: Tom Cleverley
Manchester United's Tom Cleverley has had a season to forget. The 24-year-old made 22 Premier League appearances in 2013/14, but featured just seven times in 2014.
He was very fortunate to make the England provisional squad (via the BBC) for the World Cup, but won’t be in the final 23-man selection unless there’s an injury to the midfield.
As written on Bleacher Report, Cleverley has been made a scapegoat for United’s poor season, but the Old Trafford academy product has only made one league appearance since the middle of March, suggesting the club consider his showings subpar too.
Manchester United: Rio Ferdinand
Longtime Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could not have had two more contrasting seasons with the club. In 2012/13, he helped the side to their 13th Premier League title and was named in the PFA Team of the Year, via Sky Sports.
This season, he’s made just 12 league starts and is leaving Old Trafford this summer as he has not been offered a new contract. All in the space of a year Ferdinand has gone from hero to zero.
Manchester United: Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be a player featuring the most on the list of top Premier League flops from 2013/14, but it seems inconceivable he was named in the top 100 best players in the world by The Guardian in 2012.
Fellaini scored 11 goals in 31 games from midfield in his last season for Everton, but did not score in his 16 league appearances for Manchester United this campaign.
His performances for United have been criticised, which has led him to recently vow to the supporters that he’d improve for 2014/15, as reported by The Telegraph.
Norwich City: Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
From scoring goals for Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League and having Newcastle and Liverpool interested in his services, according to The Independent, to getting relegated with Norwich City 10 months after joining the Norfolk club, Van Wolfswinkel’s stock has dropped considerably.
The 25-year-old’s form has been atrocious, scoring just one league goal in 25 appearances this season. He’s likely to leave the newly relegated club this summer, but his form would suggest few will consider him to be anywhere near to the £8.8 million valuation City shelled out for him last summer.
Norwich City: Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper is another Norwich striker who didn’t pull his weight this season. Signed from Celtic in the summer for £5.5 million, the 26-year-old had hopes of making his case for the England national team if he could prove his worth in the Premier League, via BBC Sport, after scoring 82 goals in 138 games in Scotland.
But Hooper didn’t come close. With six goals in 32 league games for the Canaries in 2013/14, his profligacy certainly played its part in City’s relegation.
Sunderland: Jozy Altidore
After an ill-fated spell in the Premier League with Hull City as a youngster, Altidore rebuilt his reputation in the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring 39 league goals over two seasons with AZ Alkmaar.
However, the Premier League curse has struck again as the U.S. international only bagged one league goal following his move to Sunderland this summer.
The 24-year-old last started a league game in March and since only amassed around 90 minutes on the pitch.
Swansea City: Michu
If only the World Cup was last year instead of this summer, it could have been different for Swansea City forward Michu. The Spaniard enjoyed a dream debut after joining the club for £1 million from Rayo Vallecano in 2012/13, scoring 18 goals in 35 league games.
But injuries hampered his second season at the Liberty Stadium, where he scored just two league goals in 17 appearances.
Michu made his only cap for Spain in October 2013, but is nowhere near the national team seven months later. The form of summer signing Wilfried Bony has cause a lot of Swans fans to forget all about the 28-year-old, who played in just five league outings in 2014.
Tottenham: Roberto Soldado
Following his move from Valencia in the summer, striker Roberto Soldado was tipped by many to set the Premier League alight. This was a player who was coming off the back of scoring 34 goals in all competitions for club and country last season in Spain.
However, the 28-year-old endured a torrid time with Spurs, scoring a meagre six goals in 28 league games— four of which were penalties.
To make matters worse, he’s also been left out of the Spain provisional squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Tottenham: Erik Lamela
Signed as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has to be the biggest disappointment of the season. He joined the club in a £26.4 million deal from AS Roma, but has scored just once in his 10 appearances for Spurs.
He’s been left out of the Argentina squad for this summer’s World Cup too, and it was recently revealed he’s been hiding a back injury ever since his move to the club, according to The Guardian.
Tottenham: Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend was the name on the end of everyone’s lips after scoring a dream goal against Montenegro on his England debut in October, but the 22-year-old didn’t find his best form, with injuries playing their part in his diminished influence on the Tottenham side through the campaign.
He was recently ruled out of the World Cup through injury, but would have been incredibly lucky to have been included based on merit this season.
West Brom: Scott Sinclair (on Loan from Manchester City)
Scott Sinclair has been anonymous this season with his loan side West Bromwich Albion. The 25-year-old has barely got a look in with his parent club Manchester City since signing in 2012 and won’t be coveted by any side this summer.
He’s played just 301 minutes of Premier League football this season, while making just three substitute appearances in 2014. Sinclair has fallen way down the pecking order.
West Ham: Andy Carroll
With West Ham manager Sam Allardyce consistently attributing his side’s poor form earlier this season down to the absence of striker Andy Carroll via The Daily Mail, it was a lot of pressure on the 25-year-old following his return.
And the pressure proved to have gotten the better of Carroll's campaign, with just two goals scored from 15 league games.
Carroll was somehow named in the England World Cup provisional squad as reserve in case of injury, but he’s not come close to hitting the same heights as in his impressive loan spell with the Londoners last season.