The Premier League has seen some great players over the years, but what tends to pass people by is the amount of 'stars' that are expected to reach the heights of the game, yet find themselves struggling to find their feet in the top tier of English football.

Here are a list of five of the biggest Premier League flops in the modern era.

1. Eric Djemba-Djemba

After two successful season's at French side Nantes, Djemba-Djemba made the move of his lifetime to Premier League giants Manchester United. 

At the time, he was hyped up to be the next Roy Keane as Sir Alex was in search of a replacement.

But alas, it was not to be. Eric spent two seasons at United, appearing only 20 times in the Premier League and scoring only twice. He was quickly shipped off to Aston Villa.

2. Alberto Aquilani 

Now, when one thinks of failures in the footballing world, Aquilani definitely isn't a name that comes to mind. 

During his nine-year spell at Roma, he asserted himself as a confident, capable Italian midfielder. 

But it was after this that Alberto truly flopped. In 2009, he landed a transfer to Liverpool, but again, this was short lived.

A poor three years at the club followed, in which he appeared only 18 times, finding the back of the net once as injuries consistently got in the player's way.

He spent two of the three years on-loan to Italian clubs Juventus and AC Milan.

3. Nicklas Bendtner

Rising up through German youth football, Bendtner was picked up by Arsenal in the summer of 2004. 

In the reserve team, Nicklas showed that he was very prolific in-front of goal. 

When he finally made it into the first-team, he managed to bag 99 appearances, scoring 22 times.

However, in comparison to the Gunners previous strikers, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, this just wasn't acceptable. Three seasons of Bendtner's Arsenal career were spent elsewhere, on-loan at clubs such as Birmingham and Juventus.

4. Andy Carroll

Carroll was at Newcastle when the Geordie boy received a life-changing deal to join Liverpool. 

But before this, Andy was no failure, scoring 31 times in 80 appearances for the Magpies. 

Once the move was made however, he was out on pitch a healthy 44 times, but only managed to bag six goals over two years. 

Following his hefty £30m transfer fee, he was a huge disappointment.

5. Fernando Torres

The move that broke the transfer record in the Premier League. Torres bagged a move from Liverpool to Chelsea, costing Blues owner Roman Abramovich £50m of his well-earned cash in 2011. 

Torres was prolific at Liverpool, with 65 goals in 102 appearances. 

But once the move was made, Fernando became notorious for missing easy chances and simply not performing. 

To this day, he has appeared 82 times for the Blues, scoring only 15 times.


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