We have picked our team of the year so now it’s time to look at who has done the worst. This is of course highly subjective and controversial so we want to hear from you too!
We have lined up a 4-3-3 formation just because that seems to be the most popular formation in the Premier League this team!
GK – Joe Hart (WHU) produced 4 clean sheets out of 19 appearances for the hammers in the premier league, which is disappointing for someone who was England no. 1 during their world cup qualification. A few blunders did his reputation no good and he is struggling to make it on the plane to Russia.
RB – Newcastle is Javier Manquillo (NEW)‘s third club in the Premier League and it looks likely to be his last. He did feature regularly for the Magpies earlier in the season and amassed 20 League games but has yet to feature since Feb. More poignantly, he was not featured over Newcastle’s run of four wins which probably kept them up this season. The Spanish has a contract till 2020 but a move away from St James looks more likely.
CB – The rise and fall of David Luiz (CHE) has been quite dramatic over the past few seasons. Last term he was among the best as the Blue cruised to the title. This year, he started okay before getting sent off against Arsenal in September and it has been downhill since. Injuries also limited his league appearances to just 10 but even after his recovery he has been largely overlook by Antonio Conte. If Chelsea fails to finish in the top four, there will be a clear-out over the summer and Luiz will be the first name out of the door.
CB – Kevin Wimmer (STK) arrived at Stoke at a price tag of £15m and had been expected to be a regular centerback with Ryan Shawcross alongside him. Quite frankly it has been a disaster since. Wimmer showed nothing worthy of his price-tag and has not featured for his club since Jan, even spending some time with the reserves. Stoke look set to be relegated and Wimmer is not someone they will trust at the Championship level.
LB – Luke Shaw (MNU) is another player whose value has plummeted even further this season. He made his first league appearance only in December but has only been involved in 8 league games. His performance in United’s FA Cup quarter-finals against Brighton was openly lambasted by Jose Mourinho and chances are he will never play another game in the United shirt. His contract is only until this summer and leaving Old Trafford looks set to be the only option for the Englishman.
DM – Tiemoue Bakayaoko (CHE) whilst a lot of Blues fans were worried over the summer about the eventual sale of Nemanja Matic to the Red Devils, boss Conte was seemingly satisfied that he had found an even better replacement in £40 million signing Bakayoko. Taller, stronger and younger than Kante, he was once described by French boss Deschamps as the complete midfielder and looked set to boss the midfield for the Blues alongside Kante. Fast forward one season, and Chelsea’s season looked all but over, having failed to even qualify for Champions League. Bakayoko has prior to their recent game against Burnley managed just 47 minutes of football since February. Matic on the other hand, has played almost every minute of the Red Devil’s season to help them to a respectable runners up position. It’s still early days for Bakayoko given his tender age, but he will need to fare a lot better with his performances if he wants to command a regular starting spot with any of the top Premier League teams.
CM – Grzegorz Krychowiak (WBA) is another player with a big reputation from another team which started the season very promisingly with cash to splash from new Chinese owners. Krychowiak looked very assured in his first appearance for the Baggies and was already touted by many as a fantastic addition to the Baggies aging midfield. As the season wore on and as the Baggies started losing games, it was apparent that both Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew didn’t feel Krychowiak did enough on the pitch. It was telling that Pulis substituted Krychowiak for Claudio Yacob during half-time during his final game before getting sacked and Krychowiak subsequently lost his place in the squad to 19 year old Sam Field and spent the bulk of his season warming the bench for the relegated Baggies.
CM – Davy Klaassen (EVE): fresh from the sale of Lukaku and with cash to splash, the start of the season was looking very bright for the Toffees who invested heavily with various big name signings. One of them was Dutch international and former Ajax captain Klaassen who came with a big reputation. Unfortunately, after starting the season with a promising win and then a draw against the eventual champions Man City, Everton’s season nosedived in the same way as Klaassen’s career. He has thus far only made 4 appearances for the Toffees in the Premier League and neither ousted manager Koeman, stand-in manager Unsworth and even current manager Allardyce gave him much of a chance thereafter. A winter deadline loan move to Napoli also failed to materialise, so he’s probably the bookmakers bet to be the first to head for the exit this summer.
FW – Christian Benteke (CRY) – A firing striker will win you the title or save you from relegation. Palace has been in relegation trouble whole season until recently and the main reason is Benteke is simply mis-firing. Only 2 league goals to his name in 28 matches thus far. Even Chris Smalling has scored more (4) than him in lesser games. He had a respectable first season at palace last year with 15 goals but for 32 million pound striker, his return is clearly unacceptable.
FW – Alvaro Morata (CHE) – Being one of the 2 most high profile strikers to have signed for a new Premier League club this season, Morata has certainly failed to deliver. He was brought in to fill the big boots of Diego Costa but has only managed to lead Chelsea into the Europa League next season. Last season, Diego Costa bullied opponents and bulldozed his way to goal. This season, the only bulldozing Morata has managed was onto the bench, when he was dropped by Conte on numerous occasions even when he was fit. With only 11 league goals this season, he’s even behind the likes of Jamie Vardy, Son Heung-Min & Glenn Murray on the scoring charts!
FW – Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI) arrived at Leicester with the potential to be Jamie Vardy’s long term successor but is ending the season as a £20m flop. He started a grand total of five games this season and has played a total of just over 600 minutes. He found the net for the first time in March and has failed to convince anyone that he is good enough at this level. He has done himself no favour in terms of national team selection as well – he looks set to miss out on Russia 2018.
The FF Fly has been playing various forms of fantasy football for almost a decade without winning anything. Mid-table Mediocrity is his favourite alliteration of all time.