There are players that you see again and again at clubs that face relegation or even get relegated more often. For example, before joining Eintracht Frankfurt, Filip Kostic was considered a player who chronically attracted relegation and relegation battles.
A more recent example would be Ozan Kabak who, with the exception of Liverpool, has played against relegation his entire career and has also been relegated with Norwich and Schalke.
But with FC Groningen relegated this weekend, it’s clear none of them can keep up with this player. Groningen’s Elvis Manu has been relegated six times in the last seven years. Most recently at the weekend with Dutch FC Groningen.
Manu’s career start was promising. Trained as a youth club in Feyernoord Rotterdam, the Dutchman propelled his youth club to injury-time victory in the Europa League qualifiers in the 2014/15 season. He also scored three times in six games in the following EL season, including against Roma.
This was followed by a move to Brighton, a loan spell at Huddersfield and a return to the Netherlands with the Go Ahead Eagles. Manu was relegated for the first time with the Eagles. Since then, he has been in a downward spiral. In the following years, there were two more raids in Türkiye. Another followed in China in Beijing Renhe. For a short time, it looked like Manu could ride out the trend. At Ludogorets Razgrad, he played in the Europa League and actually didn’t get relegated.
But a year later he moved to Krakow and, having stayed there, ended up in Groningen. In all likelihood, the 29-year-old striker will leave Robbens’ youth club again this summer.
After Groningen, Manu is only on loan from Bulgarian first division club Botev Plovdiv. In Botev, you could just avoid relegation games for relegation this season. But who knows what it will look like next season if the unlucky Manu returns.