The best of the Premier League’s one-season wonders

Rob Tonkinson

Sometimes football just throws up anomalies, whether it’s Leicester City winning the Premier League or Fulham and Middlesbrough making European finals, yet nothing quite beats the mystery of the one-season wonder.

Sadly for football, one of English football’s best one-season wonders hung up his boots recently, former Swansea City striker Michu ending his career at just aged 31 and just four years since the career of his life, scoring 22 goals and leading the line as the Swans won their first major English honour the League Cup.

Whilst everyone loves players that consistently hit 30 goals, there’s something of a cult hero admiration of players that have one great season and then fail to live up to the hype ever again.

Whether it’s reminiscing about the wonder goal they scored, the time they were capped by their country or even the amount of points they won you on your Fantasy League team after picking them up on the cheap, everybody has their own favourite one-hit wonder.

Since the early days, the Premier League has thrown up many a one-season wonder, whether it be Ghanian sensation Tony Yeboah who smashed in goal of the season efforts for fun at Leeds United or the likes of Kevin Phillips scoring 30 goals in his first top flight season, all sadly, have felt the blow of a loss of form.

Even more recently, arguments could be made for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, two of the Foxes key components of their unforeseen Premier League championship run but they’ve been omitted from this list, given that last season could just be a hangover from the year before.

Some were rewarded handsomely with new contracts, big money deals or England caps, all sadly disappointed in their next ventures, still, they have that one season they can dine out on.

There were others that could have made the list and I’m sure in future, they’ll be even greater one-season wonders to come.

Could one of the stars of recently promoted sides Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion or Huddersfield Town be making this list very soon?