In the history of the Premier League, there have been a number of players who have failed to make the grade at their clubs, failing to reach their potential as a result of a lack of motivation from their greed or sheer poor quality. 

This article takes a look at the list of those earmarked as future greats, who would ultimately fail in their quest to achieve their potential. 

1. Mario Balotelli


Sold on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 from Liverpool to Nice, Mario Balotelli struggled to meet the expectations set for him following his moves to Manchester City and Liverpool in 2010 and 2014. 

Controversy on and off the field was never far from Balotelli at Manchester City, who had bust-ups in training with fellow players and even manager Roberto Mancini! 

Once called ‘unmanageable’ by Jose Mourinho, Balotelli also failed to score enough at Liverpool, who would flog him on loan to Milan before a permanent deal in the summer to  Ligue 1 side Nice. 

2. Memphis Depay


The arrival of £25m Dutch winger Memphis Depay in the summer of 2015 was met with great excitement following an outstanding season in Holland, which saw the pacey forward finish as top scorer with 22 goals. 

However, Depay has failed to nail down a spot in the starting eleven for much of his tenure at Manchester United following concerns over his attitude and inconsistent form.

For now it is difficult to say whether he will reach his potential but an Old Trafford exit could be looming at the end of the season. 

3. Tom Cleverley


Under Alex Ferguson, Tom Cleverley played regularly for Manchester United, making a significant contribution to the title-winning team of 2012. 

But ever since Ferguson’s retirement, Cleverley’s form dipped in the 2013/14 season with fans frequently using him as a scapegoat for United’s defeats. 

An unimpressive loan spell at Aston Villa soon followed his Manchester United departure, as well as an eventual transfer to Everton where he is hoping to increase his prospects for an England re-call. 

4. Jack Rodwell

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Rodwell enjoyed significant success at Everton, making 85 appearances between 2007 and 2012 before a £12m move to Manchester City. 

At City, He only made 16 appearances in four seasons, failing to displace the likes of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho in central midfield. 

He has since been transferred to Sunderland. 

5. Lazar Markovic


Signed from Benfica for £20 million, Lazar Markovic scored only three goals in 34 appearances in his only season at Liverpool. 

The winger would then be sent out on loan to Fenerbahce and Sporting Lisbon in the two following seasons, and will find it difficult to get back into the Liverpool team once his loan expires.

6. Angel Di Maria


The Argentine proved to be a massive disappointment in his only season in the Premier League, scoring just 3 goals from 27 appearances following a record-breaking £59.7m deal for Manchester United to buy him from Real Madrid. 

Di Maria’s form would suffer after a promising start and a burglary at his house would unsettle the winger, who would then move to PSG where he has re-established himself as a key player again. 

7. Andriy Shevchenko


The current Ukraine boss moved to Chelsea in a £30m deal from Milan, having netted 127 goals in 208 matches for the Italian giants. 

However he would score only nine goals in three years, struggling to adapt to the English Premier League and unable to fulfil those high expectations. 

8. Stevan Jovetic


The former Fiorentina striker’s time at Manchester City was a large disappointment, as injuries prevented Stevan Jovetic from become a regular starter at the Etihad. 

In 2015, Jovetic was cut from the Manchester City Champions League squad in favour of new signing Wilfried Bony, and has since joined Inter Milan on loan. 

9. Robinho

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The Brazilian signed for Manchester City on a four-year deal for £32.5m in 2008, but would soon return to Santos two years later on loan. 

In his second season, he would score only one goal in an injury-hit campaign, and was pushed down the pecking order following several new arrivals at the club, which would signal the end of his time at the Etihad.