Five players struggling at big clubs

Updated: February 28, 2012, 2:02 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

We're approaching the point where big clubs start to consider their transfer options for the summer -- but what of the players who made the step up last year? Here are five who have struggled to adapt to life at a big club in 2011-12.

Stewart Downing, Liverpool

Few thought Downing was worth the 20 million pounds Liverpool paid to bring him to Anfield, but of all the club's summer signings, he seemed unlikely to fail. He was Aston Villa's best player last season, ...

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