IT’S safe to say Saul Niguez’s loan move to Chelsea hasn’t gone the way he dreamed it would after he joined the Blues for more first team action.
After a disastrous stint at Stamford Bridge the Spaniard could be out the door as early as January having played just 47 minutes of Premier League football.
Saul has started just one Prem game for the Blues[/caption]
Saul joined Chelsea on deadline day in a season long loan deal with a £35million option to buy included.
Now he will reportedly be recalled by parent club in Atletico Madrid – ending one of the worst loan deals in football history.
But the 26-year-old isn’t the only big name who failed to live up to expectation while out on loan, as SunSport looks at who else disappointed on temporary deals.
Radamel Falcao at Man Utd AND Chelsea
The 35-year-old scored four times in 29 Red Devils appearances, and a dire once in 12 for the Blues.
Unsurprisingly neither Prem club opted for a permanent deal.
Falcao has enjoyed a successful career – but not in the Premier League[/caption]
Denis Suarez at Arsenal
Another ‘Big Six’ shocker.
Suarez was recruited from Barcelona in January of 2019 on a six month loan and was tipped to inject a much needed spark into the Gunners season.
But six games, no goals, and no assists later Suarez was sent back to Barca after a failed spell.
Alexandre Pato at Chelsea
The Blues have certainly had their fair share of loan fails – and Brazilian striker Pato is no different.
Signed on a temporary deal from Corinthians in January 2016 Pato didn’t even make his Chelsea debut until April of that year after struggling with injury.
And when he did play he hardly made his mark – turning out just TWICE in six months, scoring one goal at Aston Villa.
Pato had the briefest of spells in England[/caption]
Kim Kallstrom at Arsenal
The merry-go-round of loan flops turns its attention back to the Gunners with Swedish international Kallstrom.
He signed on loan in January 2014 from Spartak Moscow, despite a broken back.
The midfielder didn’t make his debut until March 25 and played just four times for Arsenal.
The decision to sign Kallstrom despite his injury raised many an eyebrow[/caption]
Renato Sanches at Swansea
The highly-rated Portuguese midfielder joined the Swans in a shock move from Bayern Munich in 2017.
He started four times for the club and made 15 appearances – with one goal and one assist.
Serge Gnabry at West Brom
Now one of Germany’s hottest talents Gnabry failed to make his mark in the West Midlands while on loan from Arsenal in 2015.
He returned to the Emirates having played just three times for the Baggies and failing to register a goal or assist.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Fulham
Unlike his successful stint at Crystal Palace Loftus-Cheek’s time at Craven Cottage was not a productive one.
He spent last season on loan with the Cottagers and was relegated with them after contributing a meagre one goal in 32 games.
Federico Macheda at QPR
Once tipped for stardom at Manchester United, Macheda found himself shipped out on loan to West London in a bid to find his feet.
Now 30-years-old and playing for Panathinaikos, Macheda had a goalless six game spell for the Hoops before returning to Old Trafford early due to injury.
After a stunning start to his career Macheda faded away quickly[/caption]
Ricardo Alvarez at Sunderland
One that has gone down in history.
Alvarez was brought in on loan from Inter in 2014 with the obligation to buy if the Black Cats survived relegation.
They did stay up but after 13 lacklustre appearances they didn’t want to sign the Argentine midfielder.
Inter enforced the obligation though and Sunderland were forced to pay close to £10million for a player who never wore the club’s shirt again.
Andy Kellett at Man Utd
Signed for United from Bolton in early 2015 Kellett, is now with National League North side Guiseley.
In fairness to the defender he was brought in largely as cover – but still failed to make a Manchester United appearance.
David Pizarro at Man City
Roberto Mancini signed the midfielder in 2012 in a bid to mount a challenge for the title.
The Italian boss got his wish, although he hardly had Chilean Pizarro to thank.
He played just seven times for the club and was swiftly sent back to Roma after the title celebrations.
Pizarro spent most of his time warming the City bench[/caption]
Antonio Nocorino at West Ham
Two starts and eight substitute appearances later the excitement was gone.
Jese Rodriguez at Stoke
Jese swapped Paris for Staffordshire in 2017 and spent a season with the Potters – although it wasn’t a very good one.
The fiery-tempered forward played just 13 times for the club – with one solitary goal to his name.
Andy Goram at Man Utd
United’s decision to sign 36-year-old Goram simply nicknamed ‘The Goalie’ on loan from Motherwell in 2001 was a barely believable one.
The Scottish side had even planned to release Goram before he joined the Red Devils.
And in two appearances for the club he was substituted in BOTH games – even managing to pick up a Jaap Stam back-pass along the way.
Goram also had a public feud with Roy Keane[/caption]
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