15 ultimate Premier League one-season wonders and what happened to them next

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Harry Kane was once dubbed as a one-season wonder… remember that?

The Englishman seemingly appeared from nowhere to become one of the Premier League’s must see talents in his breakout year.

Jamie Vardy held the mantle too, after the Leicester title winning campaign. Even Mohammed Salah was labelled a one-season wonder after his first season on Merseyside.

All were able to shake off the title, and in doing so have become some of the Premier League's most enduring figures.

Others, however, haven’t been so lucky. We've taken a look at 15 of the Premier League's most iconic one-season wonders – and what happened to them next…

Saido Berahino – 2014/15

It's easy to forget, Saido Berahino is still only 27 years old – or that Saido Berahino existed altogether.

It wasn't too long ago Berahino burst onto the scene in the 14/15 season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions for West Brom.

Big things seemed to be on the horizon for the Englishman with an international call-up, and a big money move in the works. However, after a move to Tottenham collapsed he fell out with the club, and was soon moved onto Stoke, where he failed to score for over 900 days.

Berahino – now in Belgium – still plays on the international stage: not for England, but for Burundi.

Michu – 2012/13

For a brief period, Michu was one of European football's hottest strikers.

Netting 22 goals in all competitions in the 12/13 season, the Spaniard could do no wrong. His performances propelled Swansea to a top-half finish, and a League Cup triumph.

There was even an international call up for Spain who, at the time, were reigning World and European champions.

The good times couldn't last, though, and after only scoring twice the following season Michu went out on loan to Napoli, and one season later found himself in Spain's fourth division.

He retired soon after still dreaming, presumably, of those days at Liberty.

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  • Demba Ba & Papiss Cisse – 2011/12

    Okay, so we're cheating a bit with this entry. Two players? Well, let us explain.

    They're Senegalese, they both played for Newcastle, and they caught lightning in a bottle in 2012.

    Ba started off life on Tyneside in electric form, and by January he had notched 15 times. When his scoring slowed down, it was picked up by his new striker-partner. Cisse found the net 13 times in 14 games, including that unforgettable strike against Chelsea.

    The duo only spent one more season together at St James Park, failing to recapture the highs of the previous campaign.

    However, their careers seem to be intertwined, both moved to China before a spell in Turkey.

    Asamoah Gyan – 2010/11

    Arguably the surprise star of 2010 World Cup, Asamoah Gyan earned himself a move to, checks notes, Sunderland.

    It seemed to be the coup of the summer when Gyan hit the ground running. He ended his first season in English football with 10 goals, but that was as good as it got for The Black Cats.

    He left Sunderland the following summer for Al-Ain in the Middle-East where he continued to find the net.

    Now back in his native Ghana, Gyan still regularly turns out for Legon Cities, whilst managing a hat full of business on the side.

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    Robinho – 2008/09

    There was, understandably, a lot of excitement at Manchester City when they snatched Robinho from under Chelsea's nose on deadline day in 2008.

    The fleet-footed Brazilian, at first, looked worth every penny; Robinho brought a samba-show to Eastlands week after week bagging 14 goals along the way.

    Injuries and poor attitude were his downfall as his goalscoring touch waned the longer he spent in Manchester.

    After clashing with new boss Roberto Mancini, City cut their losses as they sold him to AC Milan in 2010, when the dream of a second coming of Pele was long gone.

    Andrey Arshavin – 2008/09

    After impressing at Euro 2008, Arshavin moved from his native Saint Petersburg to North London.

    It’s easy to forget how good Arshavin was in his first couple of months in England. He netted four at Anfield and swept up the Premier League Player of the Month award for April.

    Hopes were high for the Russian going into his first full season as a Gunner. However, consistency was Arshavin's shortcoming and, despite showing flashes of potential, he was soon out of the first team.

    A return to Zenit beckoned in 2012, firstly on loan and then permanently. Arshavin is still playing at the age of 39 for Kairat in Kazakhstan.

    Amr Zaki – 2008/09

    2008/09 was a strange year in the Premier League, wasn't it?

    Wigan's acquisition of Amr Zaki on a season-long loan was met with bemusement. Bemusement that was soon turned to excitement after he ended September with five goals.

    The Egyptian finished the season with 10 goals in 22 games. However, after not returning from an international fixture, the loan wasn't made permanent.

    Zaki remerged in Hull a year later, his goalscoring touch, however, he’d left in Lancashire.

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  • Roque Santa Cruz – 2007/08

    Not just content with owning one of the best names in the Premier League, Santa Cruz set his eyes on the mantle of top scorer too.

    The Paraguayan – who outscored both Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney with 19 league goals – led Blackburn to a 7th place finish during the 07/08 campaign.

    His dizzying heights couldn’t continue, and an uninspiring spell at Manchester City followed.

    Now back in his native Paraguay with Olimpia, Santa Cruz is still a regular feature in the Copa Libertadores.

    Benjani – 2007/08

    After spending a season settling in on England's south coast, Benjani looked a changed man during the 07/08 season.

    He found the net 12 times during the first half of the season for Portsmouth, earning himself a move to Manchester City – who loved a one-season wonder.

    As quickly as Benjani found his shooting boots, he promptly lost them – only managing three more goals in sky blue. Pompey, on the other hand, lifted the FA Cup in May.

    He returned to Portsmouth in 2011, but after a short stint only scored once; hanging up his boots shortly after.

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    Benni McCarthy – 2006/07

    Long before Benni McCarthy was routinely laughed at during his spell at West Ham, he was a goalscorer; a good one at that.

    Off the back of a Champions League success with Porto, McCarthy carried on his form into the Premier League at Blackburn. He scored 18 goals – one more than Cristiano Ronaldo – in the 06/07 campaign.

    The goalscoring displays didn't last, and McCarthy only managed 19 goals over the next three seasons.

    After a poor stint at The Hammers McCarthy went home to South Africa to see out his playing days.

    Andy Johnson – 2004/05

    Crystal Palace haven’t always been a Premier League stalwart; they were once a yo-yo club existing between England's top two tiers.

    After Andy Johnson had fired Palace to their latest stint in the top flight, few expected him to continue his run of form. Johnson, though, had other ideas and scored 21 times throughout the 04/05 campaign.

    It wasn't enough to keep Palace's head above the water, however, and they were relegated by a single point.

    Johnson left soon after Everton came calling. He returned to Selhurst Park in 2014 for a swan-song before retiring a year later.

    Marcus Stewart – 2000/01

    Once upon a time, Ipswich Town were European Champions. In the 2000/01 season, a Marcus Stewart inspired Ipswich side earned a UEFA Cup berth.

    Stewart, who had been exceptional in their promotion season, netted 19 goals as The Tractor Boys became the surprise package of the season.

    Normality was soon resumed, and Ipswich failed to repeat their antics. Stewart only made 47 more appearances in the top flight – for Ipswich and Sunderland – yielding seven goals.

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  • Michael Bridges – 1999/00

    Michael Bridges is quite unfortunate to find himself on this list.

    As part of O'Leary's babes Bridges led a Leeds attack that finished third in 2000, behind Manchester United and Arsenal. He scored 19 times and finished as Leeds' top scorer.

    However, a serious injury derailed Bridge's career, and once back, he was never the same.

    After years in the wilderness – of the Football League – Bridges reemerged in Australia, where he saw out his playing days.

    Fabrizio Ravanelli – 1996/97

    Middlesbrough once employed the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

    Teesside was in dreamland when the silver-haired Italian signed from Juventus. He bagged a hat-trick in his opening day of the 1996/97 season, against Liverpool, and he led Boro to both domestic cup finals, which they lost.

    His lax attitude to training, and towards Middlesbrough, saw him sold at the end of the campaign when he relocated to the South of France.

    Ravanelli returned to England in 2001 with Derby where he remained for two years before his retirement in 2005.

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