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Seven Attackers Who Had To Leave The Premier League To Revive Their Careers

Just like Thierry Henry found his feet immediately on his arrival in the Premier League, others only reached their path to glory out of it. Here Ramez Nathan names a few.

With Kelechi Iheanacho still failing to fulfil his potential and Michy Batshuayi not impressing Antonio Conte for the second season in a row, we name the players that had to leave England for a better future.


Mario Balotelli

Famously known for his bib struggles and chicken hats at Manchester City as well as flopping big time with Liverpool, the once-named Italian wonderkid came to be the troublemaker of the Premier League.

After hitting rock bottom in England, ‘Super Mario’ moved to French side Nice, were he scored braces against Marseille and Monaco in his first month in Ligue 1.

The No. 9 found the right path to revive his career at Les Aiglons, firing in ten league goals, which has helped Nice into sixth place.


Iago Aspas

Another Liverpool flop, Aspas moved to the Premier League for the 2013/14 season, but failed to score a single goal for the Reds.

This was followed by another disappointing spell at Sevilla, but he was soon sent back to his home club Celta Vigo where he has recovered his form.

Other than leading his team the Euorpa League semi-final last term, Aspas was Celta Vigo’s top scorer, bagging 19 goals in La Liga. So far this season he has nine La Liga goals to his name.


Konstantinos Mitroglou

Arguably the worst transfer in Fulham’s history, as the expected saviour made only three appearances failing to help get the London side clear of relegation in 2014.

The Greek poacher went back to his homeland where he won the Superleague. He spent the following year at Benfica claiming the Primeira Liga title as he notched 16 goals.

Now at Marseille, he has scored two goals so far this term.


Mohamed Salah

Failing to make an impression under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Salah opted for Italy were he kicked off his journey in purple at Florence.

The Egyptian dazzled the Fiorentina fans with his excellent performances, knocking Roma out of the Europa League and scoring a double against Juventus in the Coppa Italia, only to be bought by the former side at the start of the 2015/16 season.

With I Giallorossi, Salah formed a double act with Eden Dzeko, scoring 44 goals in Serie A. The last duo to do so for Roma played over 80 years ago.

With unfinished business at the Premier League, the 25-year-old signed for Liverpool this summer and is shocking the footballing world as he currently leads the top goalscorer race in the globe’s most prestigious league.


Juan Cuadrado

Another Mourinho victim that only started four matches for Chelsea, Cuadrado found a true home at the warm embrace of the Old Lady.

Following a disastrous spell with the Blues in England, Cuadrado signed for Juventus where he became a cornerstone in Massimiliano Allegri’s lineup.

Since joining Juventus, La Vespa have won two Serie A titles, two cups and reached the Champions League final last season.


Simone Zaza

Famously known for the memes created depicting his sky high penalty with Italy at the Euros and failing big time with East London’s West Ham, Zaza is now making the headlines in La Liga.

After a horrendous spell with the Hammers, scoring no goals in six months, the 26-year-old striker moved to Valencia where he impressed enough at the Mestalla to make his move permanent.

Zaza is currently the only player other than Lionel Messi to reach double figures this term in La Liga, he has won the September Player of the Month award and is leading his side to fight for the title as they are sitting only four points short of leaders Barcelona.


Radamel Falcao

Once the most dominant force for Porto and Atletico Madrid, setting goalscoring records for both sides, failed to perform after he opted to move to Manchester United, scoring less than five goals. An unsuccessful loan move to Chelsea wasn’t to prove much better.

Fans thought ‘El Tigre’ had vanished after his two years in England, however upon his return to Monaco the Colombian striker took the world by storm with his incredible displays.

The captivating performances of Falcao led Monaco to win Ligue 1 last term, breaking the Paris Saint-Germain reign over French football, while they also knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League and successfully reaching the semi-final last season.

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