10 Premier League flops with incredible YouTube highlight reels

These dazzling, overly-flattering compilations made us believe that new stars were arriving to light up the Premier League. Jack Beresford explains how it didn't quite work out that way

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1. Vincent Janssen

Tottenham fans must have thought their prayers had been answered when Janssen arrived at White Hart Lane from AZ Alkmaar for £17m in summer 2016, especially after viewing this highlight reel of the Dutch striker in action. It features Janssen scoring all manner of goals, from thumping finishes to leaping headers, for club and country.

Which is odd, really, when you consider the fact he only managed to score twice for Tottenham in 25 Premier League appearances - and one of those was a penalty.

2. Jonathan Calleri

West Ham have signed 42 strikers since David Sullivan and David Gold bought the club in 2010, but few boast a video tribute to match Calleri's. The Argentine loan signing arrived in the summer of 2016 and looked the real deal in this video, which showcased the 16 goals he'd scored in 31 games for previous club Sao Paulo – many of them rifled finishes after he'd bore down on poor opposition goalkeepers. 

Unfortunately for Hammers fans, it took the striker until January 2017 to do anything similar for West Ham. An injury-time strike against Middlesbrough proved to be Calleri's only goal for the club in 18 appearances.

3. Kostas Mitroglou

Mitroglou was courted by clubs across Europe after bagging 81 goals in 182 games for Olympiakos. Fulham ended up winning the race, though, signing the Greece international for a club-record £12m. Any concerns over his abilities were eased by videos such as the one above, demonstrating his lethal abilities as a penalty box predator in the Superleague.

But Fulham’s hardline manager Felix Magath saw otherwise, restricting Mitroglou to three appearances amid injury and fitness concerns. Fulham were duly relegated while Mitroglou (and his highlight reel) returned to Greece on loan. Bah. 

4. Andrej Kramaric

Leicester fans in 2015 must have thought they were getting something quite special if they'd come across this video of Kramaric. Not only did the compilation show their new Croatian signing scoring 28 goals in 31 games during his final season with Rijeka in 2014/15, but it also had the striker dubbed as the “new Davor Suker” by the optimist who created it.

A return of two goals in 15 league appearances quickly dispelled the notion that Kramaric was a future World Cup Golden Boot winner. The striker was shipped off to Hoffenheim early in the 2015/16 season, missing Leicester's Premier League title-winning campaign in the process.