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10 Premier League flops with incredible YouTube highlight reels

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8. Angelo Henriquez

Manchester United fans must have felt that Alex Ferguson had unearthed another Javier Hernandez when Henriquez arrived from Universidad de Chile in August 2012. Those expectations would have only been ramped up by this thrilling video of Henriquez in action, perfectly soundtracked by Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. He was quick, agile and could finish with aplomb.

Henriquez never quite got going, though, with a loan move to Wigan in 2013 producing one goal in eight appearances overall. Following Ferguson’s retirement and the sacking of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal opted to cut losses and sell the Chilean to Dinamo Zagreb. He joined Mexican side Atlas for €1.5m in January 2018. 

9. Jean Makoun

Makoun was the only major signing of Gerard Houllier’s short-lived reign as Aston Villa manager, arriving at the club from Lyon for £6m in January 2011. "He has played in the Champions League. He'll be a good asset for the future,” Houllier claimed at the time. These highlights from Makoun’s time with Lyon seemed to back up those claims, showing the player driving forward in possession like a true midfield general. 

Except he wasn't, and it didn’t take long for the shine to wear off. Within a month the Cameroon international had been sent off to earn a three-match ban – one of only nine Premier League appearances for the Villans – which proved his most memorable contribution. With Houllier leaving later that season, Makoun soon followed in signing for Olympiakos on loan.

10. Rolando Bianchi

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first act as Manchester City manager was to shell out £8.8m for 24-year-old Reggina striker Bianchi, in a move that baffled many. But they clearly hadn’t taken the time to watch the “Rolando Bianchi Goal Parade” video on YouTube.

This grainy collection of clips chronicled Bianchi’s goalscoring efforts from his junior days right up to his time in Serie A with Reggina.

Made long before highlight reels of this kind became the norm, the video was about as close to a Bianchi goal parade as City fans would get. Despite scoring on his debut against West Ham, the Italian lasted just half a season (scoring four goals in 19 league games). In January, he left for Lazio on loan after criticising English cuisine and the country’s alcohol culture.

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