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Teams of the week from around Europe – and the unlikely ascent of a goalscorer

The best performers in Europe’s top leagues, plus the story of Anthony Modeste, who couldn’t score at Blackburn but now can’t miss for Köln in the Bundesliga

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Anthony Modeste’s is a name fans of Premier League clubs could be forgiving for forgetting – if they had even taken note of it in the first place. He spent the second half of the 2011-12 season on loan at a Blackburn Rovers team that would go on to be relegated that season, and it’s fair to say he failed to have an impact.

In nine league appearances, the French forward was in the starting line-up just three times and failed to score a single goal. Those starts included a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, a 7-1 hammering at Arsenal and the 1-0 loss at home to Wigan that sealed Rovers’ fate on the penultimate weekend of the season. The one moment, if any, that you might remember him for was when he was shown a red card for kicking out at West Brom defender Billy Jones. His rating of 5.93 was the worst of any player to start more than one game that season.

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