A player can easily go a couple of weeks or even months without performing, but deep down, everyone knows the player still has the talent somewhere, it's just about finding it.
A footballer cannot just lose their talent and that is where the saying “form is temporary, class is permanent” comes from, but in some cases, it really does look like a player has just lost everything he used to have.
Below are the top five Premier League footballers who have lost their way after promising so much.
5. David Silva | Manchester City
Now this will get a lot of debating I am sure, but this season has been terrible for the City Spaniard, especially when you compare his performances from last season. He was deadly down the wing and influential in the centre of the park, but this year he has been non-existent.
He has only scored on four occasions in the Premier League this season and just hasn't looked as dangerous as he was last season.
Now he isn't as bad as the other four I will be mentioning, but I personally feel this season, he has not been half as good as he was last year.
4. Nani | Manchester United
The year after Cristiano Ronaldo left to join Real Madrid, it looked like Manchester United already had a ready-made replacement (just not as good), as Nani was one of the side's most influential players.
In 2010 and 2011 he was arguably United's best player in both seasons as he was always looking a threat and he contributed with many goals and many assists for the Red Devils.
However nowadays he cannot even get close to the United team and it looks like he is certain to be leaving the Premier League in the summer.
3. Fernando Torres | Chelsea
He may have scored 21 goals in all competitions this season but he still looks half the player he once was, especially during his spell at Liverpool.
He lacks confidence and he just cannot seem to turn on the magic like he could during his time at Anfield.
The Spaniard will score a couple of goals in one-game sparking thoughts that the old-Torres is back, but then he will go five or six games doing absolutely nothing.
2. Emmanuel Adebayor | Tottenham
Came into England football to play for Arsenal and after a couple of seasons getting used to English football, he then turned into one of the top strikers in the league.
He had the strength, the pace and the skill and was brilliant around 2008/2009 and many Arsenal fans were labelling him as the new Kanu.
He then betrayed the club and joined Manchester City where he put in another good season, but his career then went down-hill from there.
Now plying his trade at Tottenham, and despite the rare glimpses of quality, he doesn't look like he actually cares about football anymore. He doesn't chase the ball, he doesn't fight for the ball and he just comes across as a guy who wants to get paid and go home.
1. Andrey Arshavin | Arsenal
Signed from Zenit St Petersburg by Arsenal when he was one of the hottest-properties in European football.
The little Russian put in one of the best displays in the European Championships in 2008 and was then snapped up by Arsenal.
His first few weeks at the club were sensational. He scored on his debut against Blackburn Rovers and then scored four goals away at Anfield during a 4-4 draw. He also scored the winner against Barcelona a few years later, but apart from that, the majestic winger has long-gone.
He barely gets on the bench now for Arsenal and will 100% be leaving the club in the summer as his contract runs out.
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