Top 5 Flopstars That Needed A Loan To Recapture Their Form
With Andy Carroll being lined up for a loan move to West Ham, here are some other examples of flops being loaned out to recapture their form.
Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea -> AC Milan)
When Roman Abramovich paid £30.8m for the Ukrainian hitman, many expected Shevchenko to continue his phenomenal goal scoring record that made him famous with Milan. Shevchenko never quite hit those heights at Stamford Bridge and with his prospects at Chelsea dwindling, he found his way back to San Siro in a loan deal to try and rediscover his predatory instincts.
Even then Shevchenko struggled, returning to Chelsea before a move back home to Dynamo Kiev.
Francis Jeffers (Arsenal -> Everton)
Now regarded as one of the biggest mistakes Arsene Wenger has ever made as Arsenal manager, Francis Jeffers was an almighty disaster. He did however show great potential at Everton, which tempted Arsene Wenger into a £8m swoop for the striker. Jeffers struggled to make an impact at Arsenal and as a result returned to Everton on loan. Jeffers didn’t recapture his form and was sold to Charlton Athletic shortly after.
Robbie Keane (Inter Milan – Leeds United)
When Robbie Keane moved to Italy aged just 19, many thought that it was a risky move as Inter Milan were such a big club with great expectations. Marcello Lippi paid £13m for him but played him just 14 times in all competitions. When the opportunity to return to England presented itself, Keane jumped at the chance and was loaned out to Leeds United where he hit 9 goals in just 18 Premier League games.
It would’ve been interesting to see how Keane played upon his return to Milan, but Leeds saw enough during the loan spell to pay £12m for a permanent capture.
Kevin Campbell (Trabzonspor -> Everton)
Prolific Kevin Campbell left Nottingham Forest for a shot at success abroad with Trabzonspor in Turkey, but the stint there was marred by a staggering racial slur by the club president Mehmet Ali Yilmaz. Campbell continued his goalscoring in Turkey but knew it was time to head back to England. Everton gave him a chance and he returned with a bang, scoring 9 goals in just 8 games before sealing a permanent switch to Goodison Park where he continued to score goals.
Robinho (Manchester City -> Santos)
The Sheikh Mansour era kicked off in style when they signed Samba star Robinho in September 2008 for £32.5m. His spell at Eastlands started superbly with 15 goals in first season, but things soon turned sour for the former Real Madrid star as he slipped down the pecking order and rowed with Roberto Mancini.
A loan move to another of his former clubs, Santos, materialised in January 2010 and he immediately rediscovered his form with 11 goals in 22 games. His return to City was marked with a sale to AC Milan, where he has continued his revival.