Some players don’t have it in them to keep their place at the top on a consistent basis. Such is the life of one-season wonders. They did manage to capture our attention, but very briefly. Here we take a look at the 10 best one-season wonders from Premier League.
10. Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers, Man City): He arrived at Blackburn Rovers from Bayern Munich in 2007 and scored 19 league goals in his debut season. One year down the line, he sealed a £17.5 million to Man City. But he failed to cement a spot in the City squad during his one and half seasons at the club.
9. Michael Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers): He scored 12 league goals for Bolton in 2001-02. He followed that up with six goals next season. But that was it for him. He did manage to win a solitary England cap though.
8. Mickey Evans (Southampton): He was more like a one-month wonder. He helped the Saints survive relegation by scoring four goals in the month of April during the 1996-97 season. He even won the Premier League player of the month award for his performances.
He managed to get a cult status among Saints fans, but couldn’t repeat his heroics in the following seasons. He spent most of his career at Plymouth Argyle.
7. Robinho (Man City): He was one of the first marquee signings after the club’s takeover by Middle East investors. He arrived with a huge pedigree and managed to score 14 goals in his debut season in Premier League. He struggled in his second season and failed to find the net. He was soon sold to AC Milan.
6. Michael Bridges (Leeds Utd): His case is a tragic one. He scored 19 league goals for Leeds in 1999-00 season to help them qualify for Champions League and reach Uefa Cup semi-finals. But, soon after, a serious injury disrupted his career and he was never the same player again.
Last heard, he was playing semi-professional football in Australia.
5. Michael Johnson (Man City): The former Man City player was once considered one of the brightest prospects of English football. He was the subject of a £12 million bid from Liverpool in 2008, but a series of injuries soon plagued his career.
He only managed one minute of professional football between 2008 and 2012 before his contract was cancelled by City.
4. Collin Johns (Fulham): Fulham signed the then 19-year-old striker from Twente for £600,000 in 2004. He scored 11 goals for the Cottagers in 2005-06 season, but that was pretty much it from the striker.
3. Mido (Tottenham): The Egyptian rose to prominence during his spell at Ajax. Following further spells at Marseille and AS Roma, he arrived at Tottenham in January 2005. He managed to score 11 goals for Spurs in the following season, but failed to replicate his form in the following seasons.
2. Amir Zaki (Wigan Athletic): No one had heard of him when he arrived on a loan deal at Wigan for 2008/09 season. He burst onto the scenes by scoring seven goals in his first eight games in Premier League. His hot streak soon faded away and he managed to add only three more goals to his tally that season.
He was criticized by Wigan boss Steve Bruce for his unprofessionalism and the Latics chose to not sign him on a permanent basis.
1. Michu (Swansea City): He’s a most recent case in our list. He arrived at Swansea City from Rayo Vallecano on a £2 million deal in 2012. He scored 18 league goals in his debut season for the Swans and help them claim the League Cup. He failed to replicate his goal-scoring heroics in following seasons due to injuries. He recently signed up for a fourth-tier Spanish club to resurrect his career.