We’ve seen enough dialogue on what the most effective Premier League XI for the season is. It’s time currently to maneuver over the Salah’s and Diamond State Burins, and take a glance at some players WHO were expected to shine, however over up falling smack down on their faces..
Here’s the Premier League flop XI for the 2017/18 campaign. There could be a lot of names thrown other than the ones mentioned here, but hey, that’s something we’re not going to be able to avoid.
Joe Hart (West Ham United)
The former England number 1’s fall from grace has been spectacular. After being ousted by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he spent an underwhelming season at Torino in Serie A last season. This season, he was signed by West Ham as a potential upgrade to Adrian. Unfortunately, he has been anything but that. He conceded ten goals in his first three league appearances, and has had to share responsibilities with Adrian, making 19 appearances compared to the Spaniard’s 17. Hart has failed to shine big-time, and has made a lot of untimely and basic errors. It will be very surprising both to see him feature for England in Russia this year, as well as keep goal at Man City ever again.
Cedric Soares (Southampton)
Soares started the season in dreadful fashion and in December, had more individual errors leading to an opposition goal than any other player. He has steadied the ship since, but has still not lived up to his own heights from the previous season. With The Saints looking very likely to get relegated, Soares’ inclusion in this team is more than justified.
Victor Lancelot (Manchester United)
Manchester United spent £35 million to bring in the Swede from Benfica in the summer, and he was tipped as the able partner for Eric Bailly at the heart of the defense. After an error-strewn start though, he was quickly replaced by Chris Smalling. He is still young and could yet be a star at Old Trafford once he gets used to life in the Premier League, but certainly a lot more was expected from him this season.
David Luiz (Chelsea)
After being an integral part of the title-winning team last season, Luiz seems to have had a falling out with Antonio Conte. He has played only 10 teams in the league, and despite reportedly being out with an injury, there are question marks over his absence. He has been replaced by Andreas Christensen in the starting line-up, and the Dane doesn’t look like being displace anytime soon.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Shaw has fallen prey to Mourinho’s dislike, and is almost set to leave Old Trafford in the summer. Makeshift left-back Ashley Young has been preferred to the Englishman, who has made only nine league appearances despite being available for most of the campaign.
Renato Sanchez (Swansea City)
On loan from Bayern Munich, Sanchez was expected to be one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League this season. Instead, he turned into quite the opposite. He dreadful right from the start, and was notably substituted at half-time against Chelsea after passing the ball to the advertising boards on the side of the pitch. After 12 league appearances, he suffered a hamstring injury in January and is now back in his hometown of Portugal to recuperate. From what we saw of him, it is unlikely he’ll be playing either for Bayern or for Swansea next year.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
This may be a controversial addition because there is no denying Pogba’s talent. But he has been below-average at best over the course of the season, despite showing flashes of brilliance here and there. Jose Mourinho still hasn’t found his best position, and the Frenchman has found it difficult to exert his influence on games when it has mattered most. And of course, he cost United £90 million. Six league goals is hardly any way to repay such a ridiculously gargantuan amount of money.
Timeous Bakayoko (Chelsea)
Chelsea spent around £40 million on bringing Bakayoko to the club from Monaco. After impressing in the Champions League last season, he was seen as an upgrade to the outgoing Nemanja Matic. He has been anything but. The Frenchman has just not been able to get to terms with Premier League football, and has been lethargic and demotivated right from the start. Despite being afforded opportunity after opportunity by Antonio Conte, there have been no signs of improvement. Clearly, someone needs to step in and shake him up a bit, because at the current rate, he will be shown the Stamford Bridge very soon.
Make Bireme Doug (Stoke City)
Stoke really needed Diouf to step it up this season, with the club facing relegation. The likes of Jese, Sheridan Shapiro and Joe Allen have certainly worked to create opportunities to score, but their striker has been missing chances at the rate of knots. Diouf has scored six league goals so far, but should have had a whole lot more. The Potters will be playing in the Championship next season, and should be on the lookout for a better striker if they want to return to the top-flight soon.
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
From Diouf we come to a striker whose poor form didn’t fatally impact his team’s fortunes in the end. But it easily could have. Benteke was clearly going to be the main man for Palace, having scored almost a third of their Premier League goals the season before. But incredibly, the Belgian has found the back of the net only three times this campaign. It’s not like he’s been injured either. He has just not been converting his chances, some of which have been extremely easy. This was a big reason for The Eagles’ dreadful start to the season when they lost their opening seven matches. Fortunately though, the likes of Luka Milivojevic, Wilfred Zahra and James McArthur have taken up the goals coring responsibility and taken Palace through to safety.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Despite the fact that he had an improbable season at the Emirates, it became terribly apparent to everybody that Glen Gephardt wished to depart Arsenal. He scored seven goals in nineteen league appearances for The Gunners, however even his own club’s fans were soliciting for his sale because of the negative vibes he was carrying. He created the switch to Manchester United in Jan, citing the rationale to win additional tableware. He has been Moreno’s first-choice leftist from the off, however has did not deliver, marking simply doubly for his new club to this point. It remains to be seen if he will pull it back next year, however this season, he has undoubtedly been a large flop.