Premier League ‘flops’

Definition of Flop – to be completely unsuccessful; fail totally.

Informal: a total failure: the play had been a flop.

 The term ‘Flop’ is thrown around loosely nowadays and a lot of the time, it is unwarranted.

‘Flop’ I believe is calculated by value for money, for example:

Robin van Persie cost Manchester United £20M last summer. His job, as a striker, is to score and create chances. He has scored 19 goals and assisted 7 in the 26 appearances he has made for the Reds – Averaging a part in a United goal every game or in monetary value £769,230.00 per goal he is involved in.

Van Persie has been involved in 43% of Manchester United’s Premier League goals this season – In case you are confused, Robin van Persie is not a ‘flop’, however statistically, the following are:

Fabio Borini – Roma to Liverpool – £11.6M (€13.3M)

The little Italian has had a tough time since swapping the Stadio Olimpico for Anfield. The former Chelsea striker picked up an injury which kept on the sidelines for effectively the entire first half of the season, since returning he has sustained another injury which again has put him back on the sidelines.

£11,300,000 did see a lot for someone who had tried and failed in the Premier league earlier in their career and having managed only 8 games this season, the statistics seems to agree.

In terms of value for money, Liverpool have so far paid £1.600,000 per appearance Borini gas managed. In these 8 games, Borini hasn’t scored or been involved in any Liverpool goals. However, he managed a measly 12 shots at goal (only 4 on target mind) in those games meaning Liverpool have splashed out £1,100,000 per effort Borini has had.

Scott Sinclair – Swansea City to Manchester City – (£8M)

Despite Scott Sinclair being on 23-years-old, he has been around. Bristol Rovers, Chelsea, Plymouth, Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham, Crystal Palace, Charlton, Wigan , Swansea and now Manchester City are all clubs Sinclair has represented.

His £8,000,00 move from Swansea City to Manchester City has been by far his most lucrative yet; but equally has been his most disappointing.

Sinclair has made 8 Premier League appearances for City this season scoring just the 1 goal, which for anyone with a brain can work out this is £8,000,000 per goal. Also during these 8 appearances he has notched up 4 shots with 3 on target – £2,000,000 per Scott Sinclair effort at goal.

Despite this obvious waste on Manchester City’s behalf, money is not object at the Etihad.

Matt Jarvis – Wolves to West Ham United – £11.3M (Reportedly)

Little Matt Jarvis has been disappointing since moving to Upton Park, in actual fact he didn’t really impress me when he was at Wolves. None the less the statistics seem to agree with me.

Jarvis has been a regular starter for West Ham this season making 21 Premier League appearances – in turn this costing The Hammers £1,850,000 per Jarvis showing.

In terms of the impact the former Gillingham man has made at Upton Park, it is very little. In the 21 appearances made, he has scored 1 goal, £11,300,000 per goal, and hasn’t managed an assist as of yet – Impressive.

The three above players were purchased by their respective clubs to create goals, score goals and assist goals. Here is how the above three, in monetary value, compare to three better signings that were purchased for exactly the same reasons.


Amount per goal scored (PG)  Amount paid per assist (PA)  Percentage of goals involved in (PI)

Robin Van Persie – PG: £1.05M       PA: £2.85M       PI: 43% 

Miguel Michu – PG: £130,000       PA: £1M       PI: 47%   

Steven Fletcher – PG: £1.4M       PA: £14M       PI: 42%    

Fabio Borini – PG: N/A       PA: N/A       PI: 0%

Scott Sinclair – PG: £8M       PA: N/A       PI: 2%

Matt Jarvis – PG: £14M       PA: N/A       PI: 3%

(Please note that the transfer amounts are as reported)


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