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    The Premier League's Best One-Season Wonders

    Harry Kane is the name on everyone’s lips in the Premier League in 2014/15. Notching up 24 goals to date in all competitions, the Spurs striker has been a revelation this campaign.

    It is fair to say that not many people outside White Hart Lane would have known too much about Harry 12 months ago. From a number of unspectacular loan moves to lower league teams, overnight sensation Kane has become the focal point of the Tottenham strike force, with a graduation to the England first team almost an inevitability.

    Yet whilst every Spurs and England supporter hopes he can help lead his club and country to glory, for some strikers they unfortunately do not always live up to their initial exploits. Whilst we hope this is not the case with Harry, we feel it is necessary to remind people of some of the best one-season wonders the Premier League has seen.

    Roque Santa Cruz
    In 2007, Blackburn Rovers paid Bayern Munich £3.5m for the Paraguayan striker. With many South American strikers struggling to adapt to life in England in the past, the impact Santa Cruz made at Ewood Park was remarkable. Finishing as the league’s fourth top scorer in 2007/08 bagging an impressive 19 goals and landing Rover’s player of the season on the way, Santa Cruz was on the radars of Europe’s top clubs.

    Following a disappointing season the year scoring just four goals for Blackburn, Manchester City agreed to sign the striker for £17.5 million. He failed to make any impact on the blue side of Manchester and has never lived up to his initial Blackburn form since.

    Santa Cruz is currently playing for Mexican side Cruz Azul.

    Andy Carroll
    Perhaps a controversial choice as a one season wonder. It may seem harsh but just like Kane, Carroll was once seen as the future of England’s strike force. Following a great campaign scoring 19 times in Newcastle’s Championship winning season in 2009/10, the Geordie striker was soon making waves in the Premier League bagging 11 times in his first 20 games for the Magpies.

    On a mad transfer deadline day in January 2011, Liverpool splashed out £35m on the English forward. Never quite regaining his best form at Anfield, Carroll was never in the plans of incoming manager Brendan Rodgers who loaned and subsequently sold him to West Ham United.

    An unfortunate amount of injuries has unquestionably halted Carroll’s career and pushed him further and further away from an England recall. However at only 26, there is plenty of time for him to salvage his career.

    Michael Ricketts
    Remember him? Having scored 24 times in Bolton’s play-off winning season in 2000/01, Ricketts made a spectacular start to life in the Premier League the following season. Starting with a goal in Wanderers’ 5-0 opening day win against Leicester, Ricketts’ career was going from strength to strength.

    Having found the net 15 times before February- including a famous winner at Old Trafford, the striker’s fine form was rewarded with his first and only England call up at the start of 2002. Having failed to impress in his first 45 minutes for the Three Lions, Ricketts was hauled off at half-time and his career has plummeted drastically since.

    Failing to score again that season for Bolton, Ricketts signed for Middlesbrough the following season for 3.5m. Never regaining his goal-scoring form, the striker proceeded to appear for 10 more teams and was even released by Southend in 2006 on the basis of being overweight.

    Ricketts has been without a club since 2010.

    Yet another striker who genuinely looked the real deal in his first season in the Premier League.

    Having signed from Rayo Vallecano for £2m in 2012, Michu made an instant impact to life at the Liberty Stadium scoring twice on his league debut in the Swans thumping 5-0 win at QPR. This was only the start of his fine goal-scoring ability, his best was yet to come as he went on to notch an incredible 22 goals in his first season in Wales – including a goal in the club’s historic first ever League Cup win Against Braford.

    Claiming the team’s and supporter’s Player of the Year award, like Santa Cruz a few years before him, Michu became linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs. It then went downhill for the Spaniard as he managed just 2 goals in the Premier League the following season.

    Loaned to Napoli at the start of the season, Michu has flopped so far in Italy managing just three starts.
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