Ghana’s World Cup player Kevin-Prince Boateng has been voted as the third biggest flop of the 2014/15 Bundesliga campaign in a Kicker poll, taken by 183 of his fellow top flight players.
Mario Gotze, who won the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, was named the biggest flop, second only to Hamburg’s Rafael Van der Vaart, with Kevin-Prince Boateng coming in third place.
The 23-year-old played 32 Bundesliga games, starting 28, and scored nine goals in the process. He scored only one goal less than in the previous season, albeit in five extra games.
However, Gotze has been criticised heavily for his attitude and immaturity, and despite his undeniable talent – he still has a lot to prove in a Bayern Munich shirt.
ESPN reported Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, now Bayern President saying: ‘It’s time for him to finally grow up.’
Meanwhile, Rafael Van der Vaart, who is now off to Spain to play with newly-promoted Real Betis in La Liga, was the unwanted winner of the award – despite being Hamburg’s joint total scorer in the league.
The Dutchman scored four Bundesliga goals in 24 appearances, amazingly making him Hamburg’s joint top scorer with Pierre-Michel Lassoga. However, this didn’t stop him being labelled the league’s biggest flop during what was probably his last season in Germany.
As for Kevin-Prince Boateng, he was, alongside Sidney Sam, released by Schalke before the end of the campaign. The Ghanian scored zero goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances and was the dullest star in an extremely dull campaign in Gelsenkirchen.
Boateng will also presumably be leaving Germany this summer, with Schalke telling him to find a new club.
Not everyone is a loser here, as there was also a ‘one to watch’ poll.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi won the award after an impressive season, which saw him score 12 Bundesliga goals and make his Germany debut. The first of his 12 goals came nine seconds into the campaign; when he slotted home against Borussia Dortmund he created history – the fastest ever Bundesliga goal.
Bellarabi won the award ahead of Kevin de Bruyne, who scored 10 goals and created 20 during an outstanding campaign, with Cologne defender Jonas Hector finishing third in the category.
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