Today, we look at the potential bargain buys of the summer, the players who have a lot of talent, but all that talent has been somewhat lost this season.
1. Diego Ribas
I think that noone can really come closer to the term talents who have lost their way this season. A Brazilian legend in the making just several years ago with Werder Bremen, but following a move to Juventus, everything turned very sour for the talented Brazilian.
Had several bright sparks at the start of his career in Turin, with him being deployed as the playmaker (aka: just behind the two strikers) giving him room to roam and dictate player. But an injury and loss in form to a very lost Juventus squad meant a managerial change, and newly crowned manager of Juventus, Luigi Del Neri, didn’t like the 4-3-1-2 formation that Diego works best in, he was personally a fan of the 4-4-2, thus signalling the end of the talented Brazilian’s Italian adventure.
2. Yoann Gourcuff
Had a very short stint at drawing comparisons to the likes of Zidane, etc. But everything has gone wrong this season for the Frenchman. Following a move to Lyon, the goals and assists have dried up. Put in this way, last season he racked up 9 goals and 10 assists in a total of 43 games.
This season, he has only managed a rather mediocre total of 4 goals and 6 assists in 34 games. And even he has noticed this change to his game. n early February 2011, Gourcuff admitted that he was “disappointed and frustrated” with his performances with Lyon since joining the club stating “”I expected a lot more of myself” and “It’s clear that my attacking contribution is not enough”.
A former Arsenal target that has in all honesty looks to have given himself no hope at all of a potential move to a big club anywhere else after his dismal season.
3. Joe Cole
Definitely the biggest disappointment of the season, even though he arrived on a free transfer. It has to be remembered that he is currently holding out at Liverpool for a huge pay packet. There was a huge buzz around Liverpool fans when Liverpool signed Joe Cole, with him being claimed the one that could potentially send Liverpool up the table again.
But ever since the Arsenal game, nothing has worked out correctly. At least in his point of view. Red card against Arsenal, countless injuries, lack of match fitness, all this has resulted him in only being able to play a part in their largely disappointing Europa League campaign, where he less than impressed.
4. Fernando Torres
Ever since the World Cup, he simply hasn’t looked like the kid that we knew from 12 months ago. Lack of goals, with his pace dropping quite a bit since his hamstring troubles from the time he was at Liverpool and his 50 million pound move in which he hasn’t shown anything of much importance to Chelsea’s campaign.
Form is temporary, class is permanent is the cliche, so he, along with the rest of the players on this list will certainly hope for a better 2011-12 campaign, as this has been one for him to forget. Made a mockery from all angles, what can I say other than what I have?