Top Five: Footballers who struggled after big moves - featuring Tottenham, Liverpool flops

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Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have all signed players who have flopped.

Fernando Torres is the obvious one, of a player who flopped after a big money move.

Arguably the best striker in the world at one point, he excelled with Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, before signing to Chelsea for £50 million, and becoming a laughing stock to the football world.

The most recent case of this ‘Torres Curse’ is with Gareth Bale, who has become the enemy of all involved at Real Madrid due to a series of increasingly poor performances.

Following Madrid being knocked-out in the Champions League semi-final, Bale once again came under scrutiny, and it is expected that he will leave Spain this summer to get away from the pressure.

Bale has been bad, but Torres’s transfer fee and complete ineptitude in front of goal undoubtedly makes him the biggest flop in Premier League history.

To show our condolences with Bale, we look at five other players who have struggled after making big money moves.

Andriy Shevchenko - AC Milan to Chelsea

The example that Torres was going to follow was shown by Shevchenko a few years prior, following his £30 million transfer to Stamford Bridge. One of the best goalscorers of the 2000’s, he never reached his heights in London, and ended up leaving the club in 2009.

Andy Carroll - Newcastle to Liverpool

Unhappy to have just picked up £50 million from selling Torres to Chelsea, Liverpool went out and splashed £35 million of Andy Carroll, who had a acceptable goal record at Championship level, having never really impressed in the Premier League. It was a surprising move, and one that was derided, as he failed to become the Torres replacement the club were looking for.

Jack Rodwell - Everton to Manchester City

A victim of City’s transfer policy, Rodwell left Everton as a highly rated England international in 2012, only to leave last summer to join Sunderland with just 25 appearances to his name. The 24-year-old has looked far from the player he was destined to become, and the move to City looks to have ruined him.

Roberto Soldado - Valencia to Tottenham Hotspur 

Soldado’s career in North London mirrors that of Torres’s with Chelsea, as he arrived at Tottenham with an incredible goal record, but has never managed to reach his former heights. He looks almost embarrassed about his incredible loss of form, and it would be no surprise to see him leave White Hart Lane this summer.

Scott Sinclair - Swansea City to Manchester City

Similar to Rodwell, Sinclair was signed for his homegrown status, but never managed to make a mark at the Etihad. The winger made just 1 appearances for City, spending last season on loan with West Brom, and this season with Aston Villa - who want to sign him permanently this summer.

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