The Premier League is often considered to be the most competitive league on the planet. The league’s excitement, the intensity of competition, and unpredictable nature make it thrilling to watch and endeared it and its participating teams to billions of fans worldwide. However, after failing to make it big in England, a few players have chosen to relocate to Serie A.
While the league has had its share of heroes, it has also had its share of failures and people leaving for better opportunities. It either didn’t work out for these athletes, or got less than they deserved.
● Thierry Henry
Henry, Arsenal’s all-time greatest scorer, had his most productive years in North London.
But, before dazzling the Premier League with his delicacy and skill, the World Cup winner from France had to find his feet at Juventus.
Henry scored just three goals in 19 games after a £10.5 million move from Monaco, where he thrived.
He was used as a wing-back and wide midfield before Arsene Wenger transformed him into one of the best strikers of his generation.
● Joe Hart
Hart’s career took a turn for the worse when Pep Guardiola took over as Manchester City manager. He is now rebuilding his career in Scotland with Celtic.
The England goalkeeper was loaned out to Torino after being frozen out by the Spanish coach, who preferred a goalkeeper with greater footwork.
First, Hart had the humiliation of having his name misspelt on the squad sheet.
Then, after a teammate’s pass landed in a puddle and resulted in an Empoli goal, he allowed one of the most amusing goals ever.
It’s easy to forget that Hart has 75 England caps, is still only 34, and was regarded as one of Europe’s best young goalkeepers until being dumped by City.
● Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho became one of the most feared midfielders in the country during his time at Liverpool.
His goals and vision were frequently the centres of attention, earning him a £142 million transfer to Barcelona.
However, he wasn’t well-liked in Italy when Brendan Rodgers brought him to Anfield for barely £8.5 million.
He struggled to make an impact at Inter and was loaned to Espanyol in 2012, where he played under Mauricio Pochettino.
By 2013, he’d moved to Liverpool, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Suso came out from Liverpool’s academy in 2012, but he faced stiff competition from the likes of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, and Philippe Coutinho, among others. As a result, in his first and only Premier League season, he only played 14 games and was finally leased out to Almeria.
At Liverpool, Suso was unable to make it to the top.
His return had no effect, and in 2015 he joined AC Milan in Serie A, where he established himself as a dynamic winger.
Suso made 126 appearances for AC Milan, including 21 goals in the 2016 Supercopa Italiana. He was a challenging prospect and an essential component of Rossoneri’s fortunes due to his work ethic and ball intelligence.
● Mohamed Salah
Since joining the Reds from AS Roma in the summer of 2017, the winger has been a revelation.
What makes his journey even more remarkable is that his first tenure in the Premier League was uninspiring, prompting him to join Fiorentina in Serie A to obtain game time and fulfil his potential.
Salah rose to prominence while playing for AS Roma.
Salah put his time in England behind him and scored six goals in 16 appearances for Fiorentina on loan. He was then loaned to Roma, who made him a permanent signing a year later. Salah scored 29 goals in 65 games in the eternal city, mesmerising everyone with his scorching pace, finishing prowess, and general talent on and off the ball.