Mario Balotelli leads the flops of the season

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The end of the Premier League season is in sight and it would appear that Chelsea will emerge victorious with Jose Mourinho's side clear of the chasing pack.

We will then head into the summer transfer window and, with coffers increased following another lucrative TV deal, there will be exorbitant sums splashed while the sun is shining.

But as teams draw up lists of potential acquisitions then perhaps they ought to take a look at this one first before deciding on who they really want to sign.

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1. Mario Balotelli

Bankable, comical, Italian, maverick, problematic, childish, unpredictable. All are characteristics attributable to only one footballer in this universe: Mario Balotelli.

When Brendan Rodgers brought Super Mario to Anfield many thought it was the perfect opportunity he had to resurrect his flailing career. But it never happened.

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Four goals in 26 appearances, one goal in 14 Premier League games are pretty shocking statistics. We all though needed a manager that would handle him properly, which was the man at Liverpool's helm. It failed spectacularly!

Balotelli never fitted into their system. Rodgers likes to play with mobile forwards and a midfield that transitions defence to attack within the split of a second.

At times Balotelli looks lost in the Liverpool team – it would have even been better if he was a square peg in a round hole, but rather he was like a lamb playing around a vast portion of grass not knowing exactly what to do.

2. Radamel Falcao

Watching Radamel Falcao fluff a chance against Man City with his left foot was the final nail to his coffin. Grandmothers across the globe would have provided a better finish.

His pace is gone, along with his physicality. Somehow, the rumours flying around about his purported fake age should be revisited and investigated thoroughly. But his loss of form is still quite unimaginable.

The only reason Balotelli topped the floppers chat is because Falcao would be giving the benefit of doubt due to his injury problems amounting from last season.

3. Dejan Lovren

Liverpool fans, time to close your eyes again with Dejan Lovren the culprit this time around. Oh sweet Brendan Rodgers, two of your players have made the list after what was a rather poor summer in the transfer market.

Lovren’s problem is unclear, but it could be a lack of confidence. He was brilliant for Saints last season only to come to Liverpool and get marginalised and has at times been the club's fifth choice central defender.

4. Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala has the physical characteristics of a top defender but sadly lacks the organisational part. He can’t maintain a proper defensive line, he keeps opposing attackers on-side far too many times and pops up with the occasional own goal.

A defender with such high reputation in the Portuguese league, who cost Man City £31.8 million, hasn’t lived up to the billing. He can improve though.

5. Didier Drogba

When Chelsea announced the second coming of Didier Drogba, there was a euphoric atmosphere across Stamford Bridge.

Yes, no one expected him to be the match winning behemoth he was seven seasons ago, but at least there should be a standard you shouldn’t fall below. He fell below such standard, and is now basically a passenger in the current Chelsea squad.

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