9 Premier League Loans That Haven’t Lived Up To The Hype

9 Premier League Loans That Haven’t Lived Up To The Hype
Apr 6, 2017


The loan market is often a great way for managers to add talent to their squad for a low fee or to see how a player performs before a potential permanent deal. Often, footballers who find themselves frozen out of the first-team go on loan to maintain fitness, rediscover their form or develop as a player; see Jack Wilshere at Bournemouth, Mamadou Sakho at Crystal Palace and Nathan Ake at Bournemouth (since recalled to Chelsea). However, the system occasionally flops and the players struggle at their new clubs. Here are the 9 Premier League players who have flopped at their loan clubs this season.

Wilfried Bony – Stoke City (On Loan From Manchester City)

After a disappointing 18 months at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola decided Bony was surplus to requirements, the Ivorian striker had struggled for game time at the Etihad and with Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus joining Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho in the Winter, Bony was allowed to leave on loan. Stoke seemed like a good fit, they had quality creative players in Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and Joe Allen but have long-since lacked a quality striker. Given his record at Swansea, it seemed Bony was that striker they were looking for.

However, the move has failed to work out. His two goals in the Premier League came against his former side Swansea and he has fallen behind Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch and January signing Saido Berahino in the pecking order and he admitted recently that he didn’t know why he wasn’t playing. A summer switch back to Swansea has been suggested but it’s unlikely that the City he’ll be playing for next year will be Stoke or Manchester.

Jonathan Calleri – West Ham United (On Loan From Deportivo Maldonado)


The Argentinian was one of three loan signings from the Summer that had West Ham fans dreaming of a European tour. All 3 are featured on this list. Calleri was brought in to give their creative players; such as Dimitri Payet, a goal-scoring outlet. Safe to say it didn’t go as planned. His only goal came in the 94th minute of a 3-1 win against Middlesbrough. Not great for the man who aimed to be “The next Tevez”. With West Ham already being linked with replacements for him, it’s unlikely Calleri’s talents will be on show in the London Stadium next year.

Jason Denayer – Sunderland (On Loan From Manchester City)

A young Belgian international defender with many admirers, the arrival of Denayer seemed ideal for a Sunderland side preparing for their annual relegation battle. With a defence boasting John O’Shea, Papy Djilobodji and Lamine Kone, it seemed that Denayer would add some solidity to the Black Cats’ backline. However, David Moyes – with his infinite wisdom – decided a man who has played in defence for the entirety of his young career should be deployed in midfield. With Sunderland bottom of the league, it’s not a switch that has been a success. His struggles are not entirely down to him, with most of Sunderland’s team suffering from poor form and a David Moyes shaped shadow looming over the club and the city.

Jon Flanagan – Burnley (On Loan From Liverpool)

The “Scouse Cafu” was a member of Liverpool’s title challenging team of 13/14, starting on both flanks as a full-back but has suffered from injuries since then. After making his return last season, Liverpool decided to loan him out to regain his fitness. Burnley are a team who – on the surface – have players that are average at best but Sean Dyche has a habit of making the average impressive. An example of this is Matthew Lowton, Flanagan’s rival in his more natural right-back position. The former Villa man has been one of the Premier League’s less appreciated players this season but such is the life of a fullback. Flanagan has been limited to a rotational role at Burnley, appearing mainly in the cups, where he was part of the side who lost at home to non-league Lincoln City.

Adnan Januzaj – Sunderland (On Loan From Manchester United)

Januzaj scored a brace against Sunderland in 2013 to get his first two goals for Manchester United. He fell out of favour with Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho decided to loan him out to a Sunderland team managed by David Moyes; the man who oversaw the Belgian’s breakthrough at Old Trafford. The winger – once touted as Ryan Giggs’ successor – has failed to set the world alight. His one goal for the club was a late winner in the League Cup against Shrewsbury meaning he retains an undesirable statistic of having more bookings for simulation in the Premier League than goals.

Kenedy – Watford (On Loan From Chelsea, Now Cancelled)


Let’s face it; nobody remembers this transfer happening. Kenedy seemed to have broken through at Chelsea. His talent and ability to play as a wing-back had some thinking the Brazilian would have at least a substitute’s role under the 3-4-3-loving Antonio Conte so it was a bit of a surprise to see him loaned out. Despite this, Walter Mazzarri was another who favoured a 3-at-the-back system and so a player with Kenedy’s energy could have had a big impact on Watford’s season particularly as they were lacking in wide players. His Watford career lasted 15 minutes in a 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor before his loan was cancelled and he returned to Chelsea.

Alvaro Negredo – Middlesbrough (On Loan From Valencia)

The Spaniard’s arrival on Teeside was an eyebrow-raising move as many saw it as a real statement by former Real Madrid man Aitor Karanka. Fans expected him to bring experience, talent and – most importantly – goals to a Boro side who boasted an imperious defensive record from the championship but lacked a regular goal-scorer from that campaign. Alongside the explosive Adama Traore and the talented Viktor Fischer, you would have been forgiven for expecting their offensive issues to come to an end. That was not the case. In 23 Premier League games for Middlesbrough, he has scored 6 times. His frustrations have reflected Middlesbrough’s, no club has scored fewer goals than the Riverside team in the Premier League.

Gökhan Töre – West Ham (On Loan From Besiktas)


The Turkish international has been one of the Süper Lig’s best players for a while but his exploits at West Ham have not showcased many skills, goals, assists or anything that matters really. His biggest contribution to the Hammers has been the cross which provided Antonio with the goal which marked West Ham’s first win at their new home. West Ham reportedly paid £2.5m for the winger’s services for a season with the option to make the deal permanent for £10m. It’s unlikely that they will be exercising that option.

Simone Zaza – West Ham (On Loan From Juventus, Now Cancelled)


Completing the trinity of West Ham flops is Italian international Simone Zaza. Before he moved to London, he made headlines for the wrong reasons for his Euro 2016 antics. Brought on in stoppage time of extra time with Italy drawing against world champions Germany; it seemed he was brought on for the most dreaded of tasks: a penalty shootout against the Germans. After all the build-up, all Zaza had to do was score his penalty to keep Italy in the game. After what seemed like the longest run-up for a penalty ever, the Juventus man sent his penalty straight into Row Z. This turned out to be a metaphor for his 6-month West Ham career. In his 11 first team appearances for West Ham, he never scored and must have left West Ham fans wondering if Carlton Cole was up for another comeback.

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