7 Premier League one season wonders you forgot existed from Michu to Amr Zaki

Across the Premier League's 30 seasons, fans have been blessed with a number of clinical goalscorers but not all players can maintain their stunning form beyond one season.

For some players, their debut season in the league represents their best return in front of goal, with some fading into anonymity after their output dropped off the next season.

Some of these remain ingrained in fans minds due to their cult status, with players such as Michu and Papiss Cisse's debut Premier League season's still fondly remembered.

However, not all one season wonders are as memorable, so here are seven one season wonders you forgot existed.


Michu was an unknown in every sense of the word when he joined Swansea City for £2million in the summer of 2012 from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano.

Despite a solid return in his last season in Spain, little was expected from him at the Swans as he lined up for his debut against QPR on the opening day.

Two goals and an assist later as Swansea romped to a 5-0 win was the start of a fine season for the Spaniard as he bagged 18 goals in 35 appearances to fire Michael Laudrup's side to a ninth place finish.

His goals saw him linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool, but his form dropped off in his second season as he scored just twice in an injury hit campaign.

A loan move to Napoli failed to reignite his form in front of goal and he left Swansea on a free transfer in 2015 to join Spanish fourth tier side UP Langreo, before retiring in 2017 aged just 31.

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Amr Zaki

Amr Zaki spent the 2008/09 season on loan at Wigan Athletic from Egyptian side Zamalek and is remembered by fans of the Premier League as much for his goals as his shocking miss against Manchester City.

He had made an exceptional start to life in England after scoring on his debut and had racked up eight league goals in his first 11 appearances.

However, from December onwards he scored just twice more in the league and is reported to have repeatedly gone AWOL following international breaks.

This drop in form meant that many fans main memory of Zaki is his open goal miss from a yard out in a 1-0 loss away to City.

He returned to the Premier League in January 2010, arriving at Hull City on a short term loan but failed to score in six league appearances and, ultimately, retired in 2015 aged 32.

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Marcus Stewart

The 2000/01 season ended with Ipswich Town finishing in fifth place and qualifying for the UEFA Cup, largely thanks to the goals of Marcus Stewart.

The English striker's 19 goals in 34 appearances was only topped by Chelsea's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, as he wasted no time in settling into the top flight.

He went on to score three goals in four matches in Europe the next season, but could only find the net six times in the league as Ipswich finished 18th and were relegated.

He joined Sunderland in 2002 but would only score one Premier League goal for the club before a journeyman career in the Football League including stops at Yeovil Town and Exeter City.

Roque Santa Cruz

Blackburn Rovers completed the £4.5million signing of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2007.

In his first season in England, Santa Cruz scored 19 goals and added a further seven assists in the Premier League, with a total of 23 goals in all competitions.

These goals fired Rovers to a seventh place finish and attracted interest from elsewhere, with newly rich Manchester City signing him in 2009 despite a drop in his goal return in his second season in England.

Santa Cruz scored just three times in the league for City and failed to find the net during a loan return to Ewood Park in 2011.

Michael Ricketts

Michael Ricketts scored 11 goals in just 20 appearances in the First Division to fire Bolton Wanderers to the top flight in 2001.

He followed this up with a respectable 13 goals in his debut Premier League season, earning an England call-up in the process.

The only English players to score more than Ricketts that season were Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler, with Bolton surviving by four points.

Six goals the next season and then two in the league in 2003/04 after moving to Middlesbrough cemented Ricketts' place as a one season wonder as he also failed to gain another England cap.

He retired in 2010 aged 31 after playing for nine teams in six years, including Leeds United, Southend United, Oldham Athletic and Walsall.

Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson top scored in the Championship in the 2003/04 season as his 27 goals helped Crystal Palace on their way to promotion.

He continued this stunning goalscoring form during his debut season in the top flight, with 21 goals as he finished second in the race for the golden boot.

What made his tally even more impressive was the fact that those goals came for a Palace side that finished second bottom of the league and were relegated.

Johnson played in the Premier League again for Everton, Fulham and QPR but the closest he came to his 2004/05 record was 11 league goals in his first season with the Toffees.

Papiss Cisse

Newcastle United signed Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse in January 2012 as they looked to bolster their attack as they chased European qualification.

Cisse smashed in 13 goals in 14 appearances as the Magpies ended the season in fifth place and earned a spot in the Europa League.

This run of games included three consecutive braces as he scored in six matches in a row and a pair of outrageous volleys in an away win over Chelsea.

In his subsequent four full seasons in the Premier League, Cisse could only provide a return of 24 goals as he failed to maintain his electrifying start to his Newcastle career.

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