Mario Balotelli has been the flop of the season

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Summer is always a time for fans of a football club to get excited amidst the mouth watering rumours that swarm their gullible little minds and when a deal eventually comes off, it seems to be all of your birthdays to come at once.

But then they step out onto the football field and all seems to slip away amongst the landslide of embarrassment.

Here, as chosen by Luke Greaves, are five summer flops of this Premier League campaign...

5. Rio Ferdinand

During his prime at Old Trafford, Rio Ferdinand was among the very best in the business and was able to win numerous honours during a long and distinguished spell with Manchester United.

But ever since his move to Queens Park Rangers in August, his fierce profile has been somewhat demolished and his decisive abilities have been dissolved. The scrutiny on Ferdinand has not been helped by his side's relegation battle.

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Ferdinand was heralded as a major acquisition for the Hoops, but injury paired with some poor form has led to the former England international being dropped to the bench on a weekly basis.

4. Radamel Falcao

Manchester United fans were absolutely buzzing to hear the news that the Red Devils had signed Falcao on a season long loan, but their positive opinions on the Colombian were short lived after he picked up yet another damaging injury.
Despite a recovery, Falcao has only one made it back into Louis van Gaal's starting line-up due to the improved form of Robin van Persie and sheer quality of Wayne Rooney. Falcao has just two goals this season.

3. Remy Cabella

Alan Pardew must have thought that he had pulled off the coup of the summer when he signed Montpellier goal machine Remy Cabella, and a prosperous performance against Manchester City on the season opener set his expectations at a high level.

However, Cabella is yet to prove his £9 million price tag with no goals in 15 appearances which could leave Pardew with no other option but to dump the Frenchman out of his plans if Newcastle are to progress.

2. Hatem Ben Arfa

Steve Bruce will be delighted that he didn't sign Hatem Ben Arfa on a permanent deal and waste any of his money on the Frenchman because he has contributed as little as possible since his deadline deal went through. 

His first appearance came against West Ham United ,where he featured for the last 15 minutes as a substitute, and has since played in a further seven games, offering no threat towards the goal in the way he did at St James' Park.

As a Hull fan, I have to feel sorry for the lad because he is trying his best to fit into the team but it just isn't working for him. On the few occasions I have seen him play in real life rather than on a television screen, I haven't been at all impressed and it goes without saying that the same applies for everyone else.

His lack of spirit and sheer laziness have helped slump this team's form and that is why we are so threatened with relegation. I would have liked to see Ben Arfa be given a second chance, but Bruce has confirmed the loan agreement is to be cancelled.

1. Mario Balotelli

Who else could be at the number one spot than the mischievous Italian himself, Super Mario. In fact I won't relate to him as that after his racist remarks concerning a picture that the striker posted on his Instagram.

Whilst his troubles off the field are getting on top of him, it seems as though the same applies on the pitch. Still yet to score for Liverpool this season in the Premier League, it looks to be a waste of £16 million for Brendan Rodgers.

However, I was particularly impressed with his substitute performance against Manchester United just over a week ago. He was ridiculously unlucky not to score and he looked red hot; the United defence could not handle him.

When he returns to play Burnley on Boxing Day, the Clarets will have to handle with him with extra care as he looks set to score any time soon. But his potential does not disguise the face he has been the season's biggest flop.

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Queens Park Rangers
Rio Ferdinand
Newcastle United
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Hatem Ben Arfa
Mario Balotelli
Manchester United
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