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Nine players who shone before and after moving to Premier League

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Premier League is always mentioned int the debate about which is the strongest league in the world.

But definitely the Premier League in recent years has the greatest competition. This is unlike La Liga that has only four to five top-level teams, or Serie A, which has not yet managed to find the balance of the golden days.

Each league has its own style and difficulties, but when a player is transferred to the Premier League, they have difficulty adapting to the great intensity of the game.

From this many players fail to adapt, even though they come from a great success in a different European league.

Below you have nine players who were successful in other leagues, failed in the Premier League and managed to get back to the old success.

1. Iago Aspas

Before joining Liverpool, Aspas was the hero of Celta Vigo. He scored 46 goals in 139 games. But the Spaniard failed in England, then was loaned to Sevilla and finally returned to Celta Vigo. After his return he scored 50 goals in 101 appearances.

2. Simone Zaza

The Italian has a long list of career clubs but in European football we shined with Sassuolo, where he scored 20 goals in 63 games. He then moved to Juventus, where he won Serie A, Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup.

Then the 26-year-old was loaned to West Ham where he failed. The rescue was found at Valencia, where in 11 matches has scored nine goals in 2017/18 season.

3. Florian Thauvin

After success with Bastia and Marseille, where he scored 25 goals in these teams. He then moved to Newcastle where he totally failed, in 16 matches scored just one goal. But Thauvin’s rescue found him returning to Marseille, in 12 games this season has scored five goals.

4. Memphis Depay

It seems that the nicknameĀ ‘new Ronaldo’ is already forgotten for the Dutchman. At PSV Eindhoven he scored 39 goals in 90 appearances, which attracted Manchester United to transfer him to Old Trafford. In The English club he scored only two goals in 33 appearances.

He then moved to Lyon and in this season has scored six goals in 11 appearances.

5. Diego Forlan

After shining in Argentina with Independiente, his appearances received the attention of Alex Ferguson, who transferred the Uruguayan for 8.2m euros in 2002. But the striker at Old Trafford failed and reminded the fans of just two goals against Liverpool at Anfield. He then returned to La Liga to play for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, where he became one of the best players in his role.

6. Paulinho

Starting his football in Brazil with Pao de Acucar, Paulinho decided to make the switch to Lithuanian side FC Vilnius and Polish side LKS Lodz to further his development.

The Brazilian made the switch back to his former side and then Bragantino, before making a name for himself at Corinthians. Making 86 appearances for the Brazilian giants, his box-to-box nature caught the eye of Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Brazilian struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, and he decided to make a switch the Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande two years later.

The 29-year-old currently plays for Barcelona, where he is making his mark and silencing doubters who believed he wouldn’t be a big player for the the Spanish side.

7. Radamel Falcao

“El Tigre” in Porto surprised everyone, where after the transfer from River Plate managed to score 41 goals in 51 games. Good appearances continued at Atletico Madrid and Monaco, but failed at Manchester United. The Colombian scored only four goals in 26 appearances for the Red Devils.

But he returned to Monaco and this season in nine games has scored 13 goals.

8. Luuk de Jong

Before failing at Newcastle United, Luuk de Jong was considered one of the greatest talents in Dutch football. He started the glitter at De Graafschap and blew up at FC Twente, then moved to Borussia Monchengladbach.

But in the Premier League things did not go well, in 12 matches with Newcastle he did not score any goals. After that he moved to PSV where in 105 matches scored 55 goals.

9. Angel Di Maria

He made a name for himself in Benfica and this paved the way for transfer to Real Madrid, where he shone. Then the Argentine moved to Manchester United and under the command of Louis van Gaal, scored only three goals in 27 appearances.

The 29-year-old lasted just one season at Old Trafford. He made the switch to PSG where he has won multiple trophies for the French giants.


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