Serie A Premier League rejects XI
There have been a fair few players who have gone on to seek better times in Italy after failing to cope with the rigours of the Premier League.
We have taken a look at the names and put together a team of the Premier League rejects who currently have a home in the somewhat slower pace of life in Serie A.
Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)
The former Arsenal shotstopper had eight years in the Premier League with the Gunners but missed out on the Arsene Wenger sides that lifted the trophy. So often down the pecking order and fighting for starts, Szczesny finally decided to leave north London in 2015, initially for Roma before settling at Juve.
Davide Santon (Roma)
This ex-Newcastle United left-back came to the Premier League with high hopes after his move from Inter Milan in 2011. However, the Italian’s spell in the north east was not blessed with a host of great times, and after losing his place to Paul Dummett, Santon scurried back to Serie A and now plies his trade with Roma.
Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)
Just a loan spell in the Premier League for this man but Ranocchia won’t want to dwell too much on his time in England with Hull City. The centre-back was part of the Tigers side that suffered relegation back to the Championship and not many have seen him in Yorkshire since.
Federico Fazio (Roma)
Three years and just 20 appearances for Tottenham sums up Fazio’s time in the Premier League. The defender was sent out on loan twice with former club Sevilla and then Roma before eventually getting out of north London to settle in the Eternal City.
Two Premier League titles to his name yes, but it’s unlikely Danilo will be long remembered as a Manchester City great by the faithful at the Etihad Stadium. Arriving for £26m and on a five-year deal, the Brazil international saw his time in Manchester cut short this summer and is now beginning a new chapter with Juve.
Andreas Cornelius (Parma)
With just eight appearances for Cardiff City, Cornelius’ time in the Premier League was short-lived. The Denmark international could not keep the Bluebirds in the top flight and swiftly flew off to Copenhagen before eventually ending up at Parma on loan from Atalanta.
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Gary Medel (Bologna)
Another from the old Cardiff gang, not many wanted to mix it with the ‘Pitbull’ that was Gary Medel. A fiery character to say the least, he too could not keep the Welsh outfit in the top flight and now he’s starting a new chapter in Serie A with Bologna.
Pedro Obiang (Sassuolo)
Again, a player who arrived with great promise, the standard of the Premier League was just too much for Obiang. Always struggling to find form for the Hammers, Obiang left the Londoners after 91 appearances and three goals to his name over four years.
Fabio Borini (AC Milan)
Chelsea, Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland all enjoyed, to a greater or lesser extent, the services of Borini for his time in the Premier League. While Borini did shine at times with the Black Cats, he failed to make the cut at Chelsea and disappointed during his time at Anfield.
A man who looked like a world-beater one moment and a pub player the next, Gervinho does at least make the cut for our Serie A Premier League rejects XI. Nine goals in 46 games for Arsenal, and after a spell at Roma and a sojourn in China with Hebei China Fortune, Gervinho seems to be fairing better with life in Serie A at Parma.
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)
The Premier League was just not the place for Cuadrado, who has since gone on to great things with Juventus. It might have just been the case of wrong place at the wrong time but it certainly did not work out for the Colombian at Chelsea, with no goals in 13 appearances.
Four Serie A titles with the Old Lady since will have erased the bad memories from Stamford Bridge for sure.
Honourable mentions: Marten de Roon, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Vlad Chiricheş, Ragnar Klavan, Jordan Veretout.