Premier League One-Season Wonders- Where are they now?
With fans of the Premier League being treated to the delight of Mo Salah this season, one can only hope, similarly to Harry Kane’s inaugural season, that it continues to the next. We know of course that despite the wonderful football of the Egyptian, there is always the possibility he could be one of the many one-season wonders we have seen over the years in the Premier League. So lets have it, who are the most notable? And where are they now?
Michu (Swansea City)
First up, the Spanish forward who flew onto the Premier League scene in 2012 and for a fee of just £2 million it was considered an absolute bargain when the goals came in. It wasn’t like he was completely unheard of; he spent the previous season with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga netting 15 goals.
His first season in the Premier League saw him score 18 goals and help Swansea to 9th in the table, winning the League Cup in the process.
He fell out of favour in the next season, went on loan to Napoli and failed to make more than three appearances and now after spells at Langreo and Oviedo he is now retired at 31.
Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers)
Good old Roque.
He is probably the poster boy of one season wonders.
Santa Cruz was seen as a fairly decent signing for Blackburn in 2007 bringing a wealth of experience from Bayern Munich but did better than some may have tipped him to when he banged in 19 goals in his debut Premier League season.
This led to much transfer speculation around the Paraguayan in the following year which may have affected his form and he only managed 4 goals in 20 appearances and was eventually shipped off to Manchester City for £25 million.
It is fair to say that is as far as his career went and he now plays back in his native Paraguay.
What a bizarre situation this was.
15 goals in 23 appearances led to Sven Goran Eriksson putting in a £9 million bid for the Zimbabwean forward and Harry Redknapp could not believe his luck.
One problem however, Benjani did not want the move at all, bit of a problem really.
Nonetheless, Benjani made it on the plane to Manchester after being pushed on it by Harry and his career was ended on that moment.
Asomoah Gyan (Sunderland)
The Ghanaian arrived at the Stadium of Light for a whopping £13 million in 2010 and excited the Tyne and Wear crowd with his celebrations and goals.
After just a season however, he decided to triple his salary and head to the United Arab Emirates.
Who can blame him?
Here he is doing bits for Ghana:
Grant Holt (Norwich City)
He may be a bit of a one-season wonder but it is a great story with Grant Holt.
Holt jumped from League Two in 08/09 with Shrewsbury to League One with Norwich and then all the way to the Premier League within 4 seasons.
His first season in the Premier League ended with 15 goals and serious talk of an England call-up but it wasn’t meant to be for Holt and after an average second season he was shipped out to Wigan.
Grant Holt now plays his trade as a player-coach for Barrow in the National League.