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Five Players That Disappointed Premier League Fans This Season

With the completion of the most bizarre Premier League season, NAIJ.com rates the most disappointing players that didn’t lie up to expectation.
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Chelsea mounted the worst Premier League title defense ever, Manchester United never got to grips to what it means to be a top club, Liverpool were too inconsistent and Arsenal…well…they were Arsenal. Yay!!!

Leicester City won the league against a 5000/1 odds while one of the divisions most established clubs in Newcastle and Aston Villa were relegated.

While Players like Mesut Ozil, Riyad Mahrez, Harry Kane, Odion Ighalo, Jamie Vardy raised their game (Vardy was a prolific scorer in the lower leagues actually) and surprised everyone, others faltered.

Below are the players who failed to match the ambition or expectations of fans and their clubs;

1. Eden Hazard: The worst of the bunch though he did improve towards the end of the season with great goals and performances. It seemed like Jose Mourinho was toxic to his career but he still never recovered under Guus Hiddink.

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Was expected to break the duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but was so poor, it was reported Chelsea were ready to cash in. He looked good in the last four games of the season and expect him to shine this summer during the Euro 2016 tournament.

2. Memphis Depay: Another who was expected to reach world class level under the gua=idance of the man who made him a world star in the 2014 World Cup where he scored three goals.

He started brightly at Manchester United following his move from PSV but his manager started criticizing his output and his poor form became the stuff of legend.

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At one point he looked overweight, at another point, he looked like he was not interested in playing for Louis Van Gaal. if Jose Mourinho, he would be expected to improve his game. Still has time to fulfill his potential.

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3. Branislav Ivanovic: Was one of the worst defenders in the league this season. After a solid 2014-2015 season where he chipped in with important goals in key matches, Ivanovic became a laughing stock this season.

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Many were baffled by Mourinho’s decision to gave him the captaincy band in John Terry’s absence while a move to the center of the defense did not work the trick as he kept on being bamboozled by wingers.

Was the worst of Chelsea’s defenders this season!!!.

4. Bastian Schweinsteiger: Came in as a World Cup winner, an European champions and one of the best midfielders of his generation but there is a general feeling that Manchester United bought him two years late.

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Sure the former Bayern Munich man showed his quality in flashes but injuries disappointed his rhythm and his transfer looks like money wasted as United look likely to miss out on top four places.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger on the ball against West Ham

The midfielder’s knees have sold him out while the sideways possession tactics of Van Gaal did not help his course. United fans would likely see more of him during Euro 2016.

5. Theo Walcott: Was so poor, fans could be forgiven for forgetting that this was Theo Walcott’s tenth year at the Emirates. Forget his goal against Manchester City, Walcott was nothing to write home about.

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Many fans would be happy to see Walcott leave the club but this looks unlikely. The Englishman was even left out of the England squad to partake in the Euro 2016 tournament.

Hopefully he will bounce back next season…

 

 

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