The 2013/14 season of the Premier League has already been one of the greatest ever, with it full of talking points.
From Manchester City's dominant home record, to the return of Jose Mourinho, to, well, Manchester United, it has had it all. And as with every other season, there have been huge disappointments. We take a look at the biggest of those.
First up is a man who is on the fringes of the world's greatest international team, Spain, aswell as his club. Roberto Soldado came into Tottenham with a £26million price tag hung around his neck, and it was always going to be tough for him to live upto that. He made a relatively impressive start, which hinted that he would be able to make the transition.
However, just five goals all season (four of which have been from the penalty spot) has seen him fall out of favour with new boss Tim Sherwood, with his place taken by the in-form forgotten man, Emmanuel Adebayor.
Team mate Erik Lamela has also failed to live upto his price tag, which was £4million more than Spurs paid for Soldado. The Argentine youngster came with a huge reputation but poor form, management changes and injuries has seen him make just three Premier League appearances, without impressing.
Unlike Soldado, however, he is only 21 and has youth on his side. Should he eventually come good, Tottenham could have one hell of a player on their hands.
The next two transfers are ones who have disappointed for entirely different reasons at the top of the league. The biggest transfer of the summer belonged to Arsenal, whose late deal to secure one of the worlds greatest players, Mesut Ozil, was the biggest in the clubs history.
It all started so well, with the former Real Madrid man contributing a number of assists early on in the season. However, in mid December it all turned sour, when teammate Per Mertesacker lambasted him for not applauding supporters in the 6-3 loss at Manchester City. Since then, he has been on a downward spiral, culminating in his poor performance against Liverpool, which led critics to question his place in the team.
The other plays for Manchester City, has a ponytail, is 33 and shows an alarmingly slow realisation to what is going on around him. Martin Demichelis was maybe the strangest transfer of the summer.
Arriving from Athletico Madrid for £4million, the veteran was in Madrid for just two months, before they allowed him to leave. Since then, he has looked out of place at the Etihad, highlighted by his annhilation at the hands of Eden Hazard in Chelsea's recent 1-0 victory against City. Could he be the difference between success and failure for Pellegrini's men this season?
The next pairing are players whose clubs are wavering at the wrong end of the table, despite big spending. This summer, Cardiff City broke their transfer record to sign influential midfielder Gary Medel, yet he can be considered a bit of a disappointment.
This is perhaps a somewhat unfair pick considering he has impressed for the strugglers. The £11million man is a virtual ever present, and has been the stand out man for the Bluebirds. However, any player who commands such a fee should not be in the relegation zone, and more could maybe be asked of him to lift Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men up the table.
Down in the lower regions of the Premier League, a £16 million disaster has been hiding away. Norwich City are the joint lowest scoring team in the league, yet unlike Cardiff, this is not down to having few recognised forwards.
Ricky Van-Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper arrived in the summer for a combined £16million fee, yet have just six goals between them (five of those belong to Hooper.) Much more was expected for the pairing, and if they do not begin to live up to expectations, it is unlikely Delia Smith will be able to afford such lucrative wages in the Championship.
Finally, is a man who is not necessarily a disappointment as such, more of a horrible disaster. Dani Osvaldo arrived in Southampton, and was expected to be a goalscoring machine. The £15 million they spent would suggest so. However, five months, three goals, one £40'000 fine and a bloody nosed teammate later, Osvaldo finds himself loaned out to Juventus. It's fair to say he won't be coming back in a hurry.
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