10 Premier League flops with incredible YouTube highlight reels
5. Remy Cabella
Cabella was an integral part of the Montpellier team that upset big-spending PSG to win Ligue 1 in 2011/12. Two years later he was on the move to Newcastle for £8m – and Toon fans were excited. Videos like the one above depicted Cabella as exactly the kind of young, French talent that had previously thrived on Tyneside. After watching his range of skills, Magpies were warmed by visions of David Ginola, Laurent Robert or Hatem Ben Arfa in their pomp.
In reality, the physicality of the Premier League proved too much for the winger’s sensibilities. He had his moments, including a decent January when he scored his only goal for the club. But by the end of the season, Cabella still hadn't settled and returned to France with Marseille.
6. Yaya Sanogo
Though it seems hard to believe now given what followed, there was once a time when Arsenal fans were excited about Sanogo. He was a top scorer for France as they won the 2013 U20 World Cup and a raw talent with club side Auxerre, so YouTube was littered with clips displaying the forward’s obligatory "goals, skills and assists" ahead of his big move to north London.
What those videos failed to highlight was Sanogo’s other, less impressive, contributions. It didn't take long before Gunners fans became familiar with those attributes during an underwhelming four-season spell at the Emirates where the gangly forward netted just one goal in all competitions.
7. Muhamed Besic
Besic wasn’t just heralded as a talented midfielder capable of playing at the highest level in this YouTube highlights reel – he was dubbed “the future of Bosnia”. Though the video depicted a tough-tackling ball-winner with a decent range of passing, Toffees fans were left feeling short-changed when “definitely not the future of Everton” arrived for £4m in July 2014.
The Bosnian struggled with the pace of the Premier League and picked up eight yellow cards during his debut season at Goodison Park. A spate of injuries hampered his progress in the following seasons and Besic increasingly found first-team opportunities hard to come by. He was loaned to Middlesbrough in January 2018.