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Top 10 best one-season wonders in Premier League history


There are some players who make a career out of only one good season and then they fail to retain this form and they became one-season wonders.

So here are 10 of the best one-season wonders the Premier League has ever known.

10. Benjani Mwaruwari

Sven-Göran Eriksson snapped up the Zimbabwean after scoring 15 in 23 for Portsmouth but he unfortunately couldn’t continue his form with the Citizens as he he duly flopped with them as he only scored 4 goals one of them was on his debut against Manchester United.

9. Jon Stead

​A £1 million signing from Third Division Huddersfield Town by manager Graeme Souness it seemed like good business for the Lancashire club. But after smashing in six goals in 13 in his first season, but he was never quite the same and is now in League 2 playing for Notts County

8. Charlie Adam

​Charlie Adam had a fantastic time at Blackpool he scored 13 goals in their lone Premier League season and this led to a move to Liverpool but being brilliant for Blackpool isn’t the same as being brilliant for Liverpool as the Scottish made a switch to Stoke City after a very average season with the Reds.

7. Robinho

​Robinho went on to score 14 Premier League goals in 31 appearances in his first season in England, he scored only one goal in his second season with the Citizens against lower league club Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup He moved back to his previous club Santos on loan.

6. Andy Johnson

​The Crystal Palace legend netted 21 goals to finish second only to Thierry Henry as the top scorer in the Premier League, He couldn’t save Crystal Palace from relegation on the final day and he also couldn’t find his ability to score as he did come back to the Prem with Everton, Fulham and QPR.

5. Michu

Michu came to the premier league from Rayo Vallecano in La Liga as a complete unknown in 2012 but he became Swansea’s talisman as he scored 18 goals in his debut season but the forward went of the boil as quickly as he came to it making just 20 league starts for the Swans and Napoli over the last two seasons.

4. Michael Ricketts

​In July 2000, then First Division side Bolton Wanderers signed him for £400,000. He scored 24 goals in his debut season as the Trotters won promotion to the Premier League, Michael Ricketts took the Premier League by storm scoring 15 goals by February for Bolton following their promotion but by the end of May he hadn’t scored any more.

3. Marcus Stewart

​Ipswich Town legend Stewart netted 19 timesin the 2000/01 season as he helped the Tractor Boys finished fifth and to play in the UEFA Cup, However, it wasn’t just Stewart who was a one-season wonder as Ipswich were relegated the following season.

2. Amr Zaki

​Wigan signed the Egyptian on a season-long loan in July 2008 from the Egyptian side El Zamalek and his impact was instant as he bagged 10 goals in the first half of the season but his time with the Latics ended after he refused to return from one of Egypt’s World Cup qualification matches, leading his former-club manager, Steve Bruce, to label him as the most “unprofessional” player he had ever worked with.

1. Roque Santa Cruz


​The £3.5million striker was an instant hit when Blackburn bought him in 2007. The Paraguayan scored 19 goals in 37 Premier League games for Blackburn Rovers in the 2007/08 season, he was so impressive that Man City paid £17.5million for him in 2009, but he was never able to reproduce that form and now he is playing with the Mexican side Cruz Azul.

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