The Premier League Flop Team of The Year
March 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

For every single Ibrahimović, Kanté or Gabriel Jesus that gets brought into the Premier League, you’ll also find 4 or 5 Eric Djemba-Djembas or Djimi Traores. The most infamous of all was Ali Dia who blagged his way into the Southampton squad in the ‘90s but nobody here is quite on that level. Here are our top 11 underperformers in the Premier League so far this season.

Goalkeeper – Liverpool

Before I proceed, yes I will be choosing just one player for every position but when it comes to the Liverpool goalkeeping conundrum, like Jurgen Klopp, I just couldn’t decide who was worse. It’s not often that sections of fans would be screaming for a goalkeeper to be dropped to allow someone back into the side who just weeks before had also been dropped. For this reason, Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet are our flop goalkeepers.

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Right Back – Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)

The Argentine full back was previously lauded for his ability to get up and down the right wing, assisting and scoring goals while providing a rock at the other end is now beginning to show his age. The 32 year old has lost his recovery pace, is playing alongside the overrated Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones. The attacking side of his game is hindered by his reluctance to go forward.

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Centre Back – José Fonte (Southampton/West Ham)

The former Southampton captain was in such poor form at the start of the season that he lost his place to Maya Yoshida, the Japanese centre half, and was unable to retain it. Rather than bide his time, the Portuguese forced through a January transfer to West Ham where his debut ended in a disastrous 4-0 hammering to Manchester City. It’s been a campaign to forget so far for Fonte.

jose-fonte-southampton-west-ham

Centre Back – Wes Morgan (Leicester)

The man who lifted the Premier League trophy in May of 2016 is being made look a Sunday League footballer week in, week out. Not helped by Robert Huth beside him and the absence of the dynamic N’Golo Kanté in front of him, it’s been a major turnaround in fortune this season. Leicester have returned to the bad business end of the table and relegation is not an impossibility.

wes-morgan-leicester

Left Back – Luke Shaw (Man United)

The big money signing from Southampton has been at Manchester United for an injury laden three years now. Under the current regime, he has not been able to force his way into the side in any shape or form and is coming under public criticism from management regularly along with his left wing partner Anthony Martial. After being dubbed ‘unfit’ by Louis Van Gaal, various media sources are suggesting that it is his attitude which hasn’t won over José Mourinho.

luke-shaw-man-united

Centre Midfield – Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

The man who was going to come to England and save Arsenal from falling into that same old trap of having no defensive midfielder breaking up the play. It seems like Emmanuel Petit was the last time Arsène Wenger had this role filled correctly. Since arriving, Xhaka has admittedly scored a couple of spectacular goals but when it comes to the biggest contests, the Swiss international looks out of his depth. He has also been sent off a couple of times.

granit-xhaka-arsenal

Centre Midfield – Jordy Clasie (Southampton)

Brought in from Feyenoord and expected to boss the middle of the park in the same way he has done in international games and the Dutch League. Instead, has had to play second fiddle to Ward-Prowse, Romeu and Davis as they simply outperform him every time they are on the field. Clasie was looked on in Holland as the next big thing, one of the players who was going to turn around the fortunes of the Dutch national side but for now, he’s just a squad player in a mid-table Premier League side.

jordy-clasie-southampton

Centre Midfield – Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Following his spell at Newcastle where he appeared to be a world beater, Cabaye was snapped up by free spending PSG. After playing second fiddle to other big name signings, he came back to England with Crystal Palace and has failed to revive that form. His first season did show more flashes of brilliance but so far this season, the 31 year old has not been at his best which is why Crystal Palace are struggling. If your creator in chief is off form, then other players will be too.

yohan-cabaye-crystal-palace

Right Wing – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

As was so abruptly pointed out in Sky studios following the EFL Cup exit, Sturridge has limited his play because of fear. He doesn’t accelerate as much as before because he doesn’t want another injury. His whole game has changed from being a threat in behind the defence to coming in between the lines looking for ball to feet. If he’s not putting the ball in the net then he has no threat anymore.

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Left Wing – Anthony Martial (Man United)

Another who was fallen on the wrong side of José Mourinho. The Frenchman with the constant appearance of someone who has just smelt something awful was the highlight of the Van Gaal reign, which is until he was forced out wide instead of playing in his preferred striker role. At the moment, his chances are limited to cup and minor league games. Early in the year he was scoring but not working hard enough, now it is the opposite and his manager is looking for both. Rumours of a Griezmann swoop could spell the end for his Old Trafford career.

anthony-martial-man-united

Striker – Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)

The obvious choice would have been Jamie Vardy but I think last season was a flash in the pan and he’s just returned to the level he is more accustomed to. It also stems from the players behind him dropping performance this year. However, Batshuayi was signed by Chelsea for a large fee and was earmarked as the number one striker with Diego Costa as ever being a liability. By that I mean his discipline and homesickness, not his performance level. The Belgian has been limited to substitute appearances and when Costa was left out following the China debacle, rather than turn to the Belgian, Conte used Hazard centrally which created more questions.

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The Premier League Flop Team of The Year
March 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

For every single Ibrahimović, Kanté or Gabriel Jesus that gets brought into the Premier League, you’ll also find 4 or 5 Eric Djemba-Djembas or Djimi Traores. The most infamous of all was Ali Dia who blagged his way into the Southampton squad in the ‘90s but nobody here is quite on that level. Here are our top 11 underperformers in the Premier League so far this season.

Goalkeeper – Liverpool

Before I proceed, yes I will be choosing just one player for every position but when it comes to the Liverpool goalkeeping conundrum, like Jurgen Klopp, I just couldn’t decide who was worse. It’s not often that sections of fans would be screaming for a goalkeeper to be dropped to allow someone back into the side who just weeks before had also been dropped. For this reason, Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet are our flop goalkeepers.

goalkeeper-liverpool

Right Back – Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)

The Argentine full back was previously lauded for his ability to get up and down the right wing, assisting and scoring goals while providing a rock at the other end is now beginning to show his age. The 32 year old has lost his recovery pace, is playing alongside the overrated Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones. The attacking side of his game is hindered by his reluctance to go forward.

pablo-zabaleta-man-city

Centre Back – José Fonte (Southampton/West Ham)

The former Southampton captain was in such poor form at the start of the season that he lost his place to Maya Yoshida, the Japanese centre half, and was unable to retain it. Rather than bide his time, the Portuguese forced through a January transfer to West Ham where his debut ended in a disastrous 4-0 hammering to Manchester City. It’s been a campaign to forget so far for Fonte.

jose-fonte-southampton-west-ham

Centre Back – Wes Morgan (Leicester)

The man who lifted the Premier League trophy in May of 2016 is being made look a Sunday League footballer week in, week out. Not helped by Robert Huth beside him and the absence of the dynamic N’Golo Kanté in front of him, it’s been a major turnaround in fortune this season. Leicester have returned to the bad business end of the table and relegation is not an impossibility.

wes-morgan-leicester

Left Back – Luke Shaw (Man United)

The big money signing from Southampton has been at Manchester United for an injury laden three years now. Under the current regime, he has not been able to force his way into the side in any shape or form and is coming under public criticism from management regularly along with his left wing partner Anthony Martial. After being dubbed ‘unfit’ by Louis Van Gaal, various media sources are suggesting that it is his attitude which hasn’t won over José Mourinho.

luke-shaw-man-united

Centre Midfield – Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

The man who was going to come to England and save Arsenal from falling into that same old trap of having no defensive midfielder breaking up the play. It seems like Emmanuel Petit was the last time Arsène Wenger had this role filled correctly. Since arriving, Xhaka has admittedly scored a couple of spectacular goals but when it comes to the biggest contests, the Swiss international looks out of his depth. He has also been sent off a couple of times.

granit-xhaka-arsenal

Centre Midfield – Jordy Clasie (Southampton)

Brought in from Feyenoord and expected to boss the middle of the park in the same way he has done in international games and the Dutch League. Instead, has had to play second fiddle to Ward-Prowse, Romeu and Davis as they simply outperform him every time they are on the field. Clasie was looked on in Holland as the next big thing, one of the players who was going to turn around the fortunes of the Dutch national side but for now, he’s just a squad player in a mid-table Premier League side.

jordy-clasie-southampton

Centre Midfield – Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Following his spell at Newcastle where he appeared to be a world beater, Cabaye was snapped up by free spending PSG. After playing second fiddle to other big name signings, he came back to England with Crystal Palace and has failed to revive that form. His first season did show more flashes of brilliance but so far this season, the 31 year old has not been at his best which is why Crystal Palace are struggling. If your creator in chief is off form, then other players will be too.

yohan-cabaye-crystal-palace

Right Wing – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

As was so abruptly pointed out in Sky studios following the EFL Cup exit, Sturridge has limited his play because of fear. He doesn’t accelerate as much as before because he doesn’t want another injury. His whole game has changed from being a threat in behind the defence to coming in between the lines looking for ball to feet. If he’s not putting the ball in the net then he has no threat anymore.

daniel-sturridge-liverpool

Left Wing – Anthony Martial (Man United)

Another who was fallen on the wrong side of José Mourinho. The Frenchman with the constant appearance of someone who has just smelt something awful was the highlight of the Van Gaal reign, which is until he was forced out wide instead of playing in his preferred striker role. At the moment, his chances are limited to cup and minor league games. Early in the year he was scoring but not working hard enough, now it is the opposite and his manager is looking for both. Rumours of a Griezmann swoop could spell the end for his Old Trafford career.

anthony-martial-man-united

Striker – Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)

The obvious choice would have been Jamie Vardy but I think last season was a flash in the pan and he’s just returned to the level he is more accustomed to. It also stems from the players behind him dropping performance this year. However, Batshuayi was signed by Chelsea for a large fee and was earmarked as the number one striker with Diego Costa as ever being a liability. By that I mean his discipline and homesickness, not his performance level. The Belgian has been limited to substitute appearances and when Costa was left out following the China debacle, rather than turn to the Belgian, Conte used Hazard centrally which created more questions.

michy-batshuayi-chelsea

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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