QPR midfielder Sandro is back in Brazil after it emerged the 26-year-old played for the whole of last season without a work permit, although the Super Hoops insist he hasn’t been deported.
The logical conclusion to such a saga should be that the former Spurs man’s season is struck from the record, although he’s not the only Premier League player of whom that could be said.
Here’s a not-so-magnificent seven whose 2014/15 top-flight campaigns proved pretty pointless:
When news broke late last August that Liverpool were on the verge of signing Balotelli for £16m, a few people laughed, and many are still laughing after the Italian notched just once in 15 Premier League games last term.
It was a winning goal, in the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Spurs, but take the two points gained away and Brendan Rodgers’ side drop a place to seventh, meaning they could have thrown their Europa League campaign in the qualifiers, instead of March, thus clearing the way for a crack at the top four.
It all started so well at Hull for the man who frequently talked up potential moves to a top-six club, as Charles N’Zogbia used to, before settling into bottom-half mediocrity.
Diame bagged four goals in his first eight Premier League games for Steve Bruce’s side, then failed to get on the scoresheet in his next eight appearances before missing 100 days through injury and playing just twice again in 2014/15.
Hull were relegated, meaning Diame’s early-season salvo was for naught.
The Colombian claimed a paltry tally of four Premier League goals in an off-the-pace season at Manchester United, but Falcao could reasonably claim to have banked four points for his temporary employers with those efforts.
Louis van Gaal’s men claimed fourth place by six points from Spurs, so the 29-year-old’s meagre contribution counted for nothing.
After the furore of the former England youth’s transfer roundabout from Man Utd-to-Standard Liege-to-Spurs two-and-a-half years ago, Fryers clearly failed to develop at White Hart Lane, and was picked up by former Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock last summer.
Four months later, after three minutes of Premier League action for the Eagles, the 22-year-old was on the move again, to Rotherham in the Championship, then Ipswich in April.
Found his level at least.
This Argentine striker landed on loan at Newcastle in August, having bagged six goals in 13 Ukrainian Premier League fixtures last term. No appearances in any competitions later, what was the point?
At least the overpriced Argentine forward got off the mark in the Premier League this term, after not managing as much in nine appearances during his first campaign with the Lilywhites.
Two in 29 top-flight games (five in 42 all comps) isn’t anything to write home about though. Nicknamed Coco, easy to see why.
The Ivorian powerhouse may have notched nine times for Swansea in the first half of 2014/15, but Bony’s goals directly contributed to Garry Monk’s side securing just six Premier League points, and what does he care anyway? He left pretty sharpish.
At Manchester City, Bony was even less productive, bagging just twice in nine top-flight outings over two largely meaningless, easy wins.