Lukaku, Pogba: Ex-Premier League Stars Top List of Serie A Flops

Lukaku, Pogba: Ex-Premier League Stars Top List of Serie A Flops

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:29 PM
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  • Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan on loan after falling out with former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel
  • Paul Pogba re-signed for Juventus six years after he first left Turin in a world-record transfer to Manchester United
  • The two have failed to have the impact they had in their first spells and lead other flops in the league this season

The 2022/23 Italian Serie A season is 11 games away from the conclusion, and Napoli could be cruising to the title with a massive lead, 19 points clear of second-placed Lazio at the top of the table.

The clubs' transfer activity looks to reflect the season they are having. The league leaders appeared to be the club that made the best recruitment among the elite Italian football teams.

Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Juventus, Inter Milan.
Ex-Premier League stars Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba are among the flops of Serie A this season. Photos by Jonathan Moscrop.
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Sports Brief looks at the top five Serie A flops from the top clubs in no particular order, including three Premier League stars, two of whom were familiar with the league before this season.

Romelu Lukaku

The big Belgian striker helped Nerazzurri win the 2021 Scudetto under Antonio Conte before sealing a £97.5m move to former club Chelsea, as reported by BBC Sports.

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He fell out with former coach Thomas Tuchel and returned to Italy on loan but has failed to replicate the form that made him the league's most valuable player in 2021 and has been dealing with fitness issues.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba returned to Juventus on a free transfer, six years after he first departed for a club record £89m in 2016, having joined four years earlier on a free transfer, as reported by Sky Sports.

The France international midfielder has not made any impact in Turin, suffering an injury in his first training session, which ruled him out of the World Cup. Two weeks ago, he suffered another injury with no specific return date.

Divock Origi

The 27-year-old joined champions AC Milan when his contract expired last season but has struggled to hold down a place in Milan's attack and has only scored twice for thr Rossoneri in all competitions.

Charles De Ketelaere

The Belgian was Milan's most expensive signing of the summer. Football Italia reports that last season's champions paid €35m, including add-ons, to sign him from Club Brugge. He is yet to score for the club in 23 appearances.

Leandro Paredes

Juventus loaned Denis Zakaria to Chelsea and replaced him with Leandro Paredes on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. The Old Lady have decided against signing the 2022 World Cup winner and will return him to PSG in the summer.

Former Inter owner slammed Lukaku

Sports Brief reported that former Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti was critical of Lukaku's fitness and made a worrying admission about the Chelsea striker.

Though Inter would love to keep the 29-year-old, who has also expressed the desire to stay, he will return to Chelsea at the end of the season before the club decides on his next move.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.