Former Liverpool ace Takumi Minamino has been branded 'flop of the year' following his move to Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in the summer transfer window.
Minamino, 27, penned a four-year deal at Monaco in June after completing a £12.9million switch, which could rise by a further £2.6m depending on additional clauses, to the French Riviera.
Claiming the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup during a two-and-a-half-year stint on Merseyside, Minamino racked up a cult hero status for his displays at Anfield, but failed to implement himself as a first-choice forward.
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Featuring just seven times for Monaco since his summer move, the Japan international has already been labelled 'flop of the year' by Le Quotidien du Sport – despite registering a goal and an assist in his latest outing.
"Minamino seems too frail physically and struggling in the intensity of the duels, we understand why he did not win in the Premier League," blasted the French outlet. A harsh remark considering the former Liverpool man producing two moments of magic in his 25-minute cameo against Stade Reims.
Introduced by manager Philippe Clement just after the hour mark, Minamino's 87th-minute strike sealed Monaco's first win of the season, slotting the ball in at the near post to double The Monégasque's lead.
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Three minutes later, the 27-year-old was once again in the thick of the action, producing a sizzling left-footed pass to Wissam Ben Yedder for the Frenchman to round off a 3-0 win with a delicate left-footed finish into the far corner.
The Japanese star is also not the first ex-Liverpool player to have been dubbed 'flop of the year' when departing Jurgen Klopp's side. Georginio Wijnaldum picked up the unwanted crown for his poor performances at PSG in the 2021/22 season, whilst Divock Origi was labelled the 'worst signing of the season' in a report in the Daily Mail.
"There is no doubt who the worst signing of the season has been in Serie A: Divock Origi," wrote Italian journalist Alvise Cagnazzo. "The Belgian left Liverpool hoping to finally nail down a starting spot at a top club, but his time at AC Milan has so far been a disaster."
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