5 Premier League Flops As the English Top Flight Season Closes With the FA Cup

5 Premier League Flops As the English Top Flight Season Closes With the FA Cup

Elijah Odetokun
May 25, 2024 at 8:37 AM
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  • The 2023/24 Premier League season ended last week Sunday
  • Manchester City edged Arsenal and won their fourth consecutive title
  • Mason Mount and some other top stars had poor seasons for their clubs

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Cole Palmer and Declan Rice were instant successes for Chelsea and Arsenal and needed no time to adapt despite changing clubs, delivering even better performances.

This has been different for some other stars, some of whom were in their first seasons at their new clubs but had poor outings that attracted criticism and loan cancellations.

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Mason Mount looks dejected after Manchester United lost 4-3 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on April 4, 2024. Photo by Robin Jones.
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Sports Brief looks at the top five flops in the Premier League this season, including two Manchester United stars.

2023/24 Premier League flops

1. Kalvin Phillips

Phillips joined Manchester City from Leeds in 2022 but has failed to live up to the billing that earned him the nickname “Yorkshire Pirlo.” He joined West Ham on loan in January after playing 89 minutes in the first half of the season. His time in London was also subpar. He featured in eight games, starting only three, and will return to the Etihad Stadium.

2. Mason Mount

Mount left Chelsea in controversial conditions and made his situation even worse when he joined rivals Manchester United for £60 million. He has failed to hit the ground running and struggled with injuries, and according to Transfermarkt, he missed 27 games in his first season. He scored one goal in the 1-1 draw against Brentford, underlining his poor season.

3. Antony

The Brazilian was in his second season for the Red Devils and had it worse than his first season. He scored his first goal of the season on January 28 against Newport County in the FA Cup. He scored a goal and made an assist in the league despite playing 29 games. Per Sun Sport, the club are ready to move him on if the right offer comes despite paying £86mil for him two years ago.

4. Ansu Fati

Barcelona’s €1 billion star Fati was loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion after Xavi Hernandez failed to count on him. He had six goal contributions in 27 games and will return to Spain. He could have another chance with Hansi Flick set to take over after Xavi was sacked.

5. Dominik Szoboszlai

Liverpool activated Szoboszlai’s release clause of £60.1mil to sign him from RB Leipzig in the summer. He started the season fairly strong but soon faded, and most of the praise he received was about his looks rather than his football. He scored seven goals in 45 appearances.

Fati joins list of La Masia graduates who flopped

Sports Brief reported on a list of La Masia graduates who flopped after Ansu Fati struggled to make an impact in the Premier League during his loan move at Brighton.

The Spanish attacker was rated as Barcelona’s next star, but two serious injuries dealt his potential a big blow. He could be shipped out of Barcelona this summer.

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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.