Premier League

Michu to Santa Cruz: 5 Premier League one season wonders

Arjun Singh Devgan
Michu enjoyed a brilliant 2012 season for Swansea City
Michu enjoyed a brilliant 2012 season for Swansea City / AFP/GettyImages
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The Premier League is widely considered to be the most competitive league in the world and across it's 30 seasons, fans have witnessed a number of great goalscorers ply their trade - though not all of them are able to maintain their form beyond one season.

Here, we take a look 5 one-season wonders in the league.

1. Michu (Swansea City) - 18 goals in 2012/13

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FBL-ENG-PR-READING-SWANSEA / AFP/GettyImages

Michu was an unknown quantity when he joined Swansea City from Rayo Vallecano in 2012 for £2million. However, his signing proved to be a masterstroke as he ended the season with 18 league goals to his name, firing Michael Laudrup's side to a ninth place finish.

His performances earned him Swansea's Player of the Year award, though it was as good as it good for him in England as he struggled with injuries and form the next season, managing only two goals, post which he was sent to Napoli on loan in 2014.

2. Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace) - 18 goals in 2004/05

Andy Johnson
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion / Paul Gilham/GettyImages

Andy Johnson's goals helped Crystal Palace get promoted to the Premier League in 2004 and he continued his amazing form in England's top-flight by finishing the season with 21 goals in the league.

Despite his goals, Palace were relegated that season, though his form led to an England call-up and a move to Everton in 2006. While the striker did score goals during his career, he could never live up to his golden run in 2004.

3. Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers) - 19 goals in 2007/08

Roque Santa Cruz
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City - Carling Cup / Matthew Lewis/GettyImages

That Blackburn Rovers managed to sign Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich for just £4.5million in 2007 was something of a coup and the Paraguayan lived up to his reputation in his debut season - netting 19 goals in the league.

His goals helped Blackburn finish seventh that season, and despite a drop in his goal return in his second season, he was signed by Manchester City in 2009.

He struggled for the Cityzens though, scoring just three goals in 19 league appearances for them.

4. Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United) - 13 goals in 2011/12

Papiss Cisse
Newcastle United FC v FC Girondins de Bordeaux - UEFA Europa League / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Newcastle United signed Papiss Cisse in January 2012 in order to boost their chances of European qualification, and the striker was brilliant for them, scoring 13 league goals in just 14 games.

However, in his subsequent four full seasons in the league, Cisse could only manage to score 24 goals, as he failed to maintain his brilliant start with the club.

5. Michael Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers) - 12 goals in 2001/02

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Bolton v Southampton X / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Michael Ricketts led Bolton Wanderers to the Premier League and netted a respectable 12 goals in the league in 2001/02, which led to an England call-up for a friendly against Netherlands.

Six goals the next season cemented Ricketts place as a one season wonder as he failed to reach those heights again in his career.

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