Premier League XI: Flops of the Season

Emmanuel Adebayor, Thomas Vermaelen & Darren Bent have all been disappointing this season

Mark Maher
Published 04/12/2013 14:10 by Mark Maher, read by 5,525 people.

While some Premier League players have earned rave reviews for their performances this season, others have either flattered to deceive or downright disappointed.

Here is an XI for those players that fall into the latter categories.

Goalkeeper: Robert Green | Queens Park Rangers                                       

Signing a former World Goalkeeper of the year didn't help, but Robert Green was first choice for Queens Park Rangers until his blunder against Swansea City on the opening day of the season.

Mark Hughes immediately lost faith prompting him to sign Julio Cesar on a free transfer, dropping Green to the bench. No harm in being number two to the Brazilian shot-stopper, but Green's lack of appearances this season on wages of over £50,000 a week makes him a flop.

Defender: Joleon Lescott | Manchester City                                     

Signed from Everton for £24m in 2009, Lescott was a stalwart in the Manchester City side last season, helping them to the Premier League title.

However, this season Roberto Mancini seems to have lost faith in the defender and youngster Matija Nastasic has taken his place. Featuring 14 times this season – mainly due to Vincent Kompany’s injury - it’s reported that City are ready to cut their losses and let Lescott go for a cut-price £4m in the summer.

For an England international it has to be considered a disappointing campaign for the 30 year-old.

Defender: Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal               

Usually a colossus at the heart of the Arsenal defence since they signed him from Ajax in 2009, Vermaelan is enduring his worst season with the Gunners. His poor form this season has often seen him drop to the bench and the biggest snub was when he was axed for Arsenal’s crucial Champions League last 16 second leg tie against Bayern Munich – which summed up his season as a whole.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping the Belgian international can rediscover his form as quickly as possible with the club looking to secure a Champions League place.

Defender: Martin Skrtel | Liverpool                                           

Another player with a big reputation that has failed to deliver this season, Skrtel has also found himself on the substitutes' bench of late due to poor form. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems to have lost faith in the Slovakian, opting to play 35 year-old veteran Jamie Carragher instead.

The 28 year-old is not considered in Rodgers plans and it’s reported that he could be sold back to Zenit St. Petersburg at the end of the season.

Midfielder: Alou Diarra | West Ham United                                              

Arguably the biggest flop of the season, the France international – with 44 caps for his country - failed to make an impression for West Ham, making only two appearances this season.

Instead of doing his talking on the football field, Diarra decided to speak out against Sam Allardyce to the media and found himself shipped out on loan to Rennes. No doubt he will be sold at the end of the season.

Midfielder: Scott Sinclair | Manchester City                                              

Having enjoyed a successful spell at Swansea, Mancini splashed out £8m on the pacy winger. In doing so, the 24-year-old swapped regular first-team football to become a back-up for last season’s champions.

Rescued by Swansea after countless loan spells, Sinclair enjoyed his best football at the club but decided to leave for a bigger club. With the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri vying for the same positions in a star-studded midfield, Sinclair has made only a handful of appearances in a disastrous spell that will probably see him leave the club at the end of the season.

To rub salt into the wounds, he ended up missing out on Swansea’s Capital One Cup success in the process.

Midfielder: Nuri Sahin | Liverpool                                                     

At the start of the season, both Liverpool and Arsenal were battling it out for the 24 year-old Turkish international. Rejecting Arsenal, Sahin opted to sign for Liverpool on loan from Real Madrid for the season.

Having enjoyed a fantastic spell at Borussia Dortmund to earn him a move to Real, there was high expectations when he signed on Merseyside. However, failing to make much of an impact, Sahin spoke out against Rodgers saying he was played out of position

No doubt Sahin has the ability, which makes it a shame that it didn’t work out at Liverpool and the fact that he is now back at Dortmund, contributing to their Champions League semi-final heroics.

Midfielder: David Silva | Manchester City                                                     

Many will argue that this is a harsh inclusion but the reason why Silva makes the list is due to his inconsistency this season.

Also, as he was so instrumental to Man City’s Premier League success last season, it’s no coincidence that the club find themselves 12 points behind rivals Man United after Silva failed to keep up his outstanding performances.

Without Silva pulling the strings and making the team tick, Man City suffered for the first half of the season and left themselves with too much ground to make up.

On his day, Silva can be up there with the very best in the world, and the fact that some of his performances were only a shadow of what he can do – puts him on the list.

Midfielder: Esteban Granero | Queens Park Rangers                          

Although most of the QPR arrivals this season could be contenders for this list, Granero just edges it over team-mate Park Ji Sung. The Spaniard arrived from Real Madrid with a big reputation. Over the last two seasons he was constantly linked with clubs such as Liverpool, Tottenham and Milan.

However, Jose Mourinho valued him as an important player refusing to sell him until the signing of Luka Modric at the start of the season would limit Granero’s appearances.

So up steps QPR, luring Granero to the club with high wages and big ambitions to become a major force. However, the club have endured a disappointing campaign and look destined for relegation while Granero has failed to make any sort of impact.

Failing to adapt to the pace of the league, Granero often looked out of place, losing possession time and time again. His last appearance for the club was at the start of March.

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor | Tottenham Hotspur                 

Another surprise inclusion after Adebayor’s early strike for Spurs over Everton last weekend. However, he is here based on statistics as they show that he has scored a measly three goals this season from 20 appearances.

For a striker of Adebayor’s calibre, the former Arsenal and Man City striker has failed to deliver for a club with so many attacking options to provide for him. For a striker with only three Premier League goals in a team that sits fourth place in the league is simply not good enough.

Many Spurs fans have turned on him, and an average goal ratio of one every seven appearances for a club that have scored 55 times this season justifies his place. Many will also be quick to ask why Fernando Torres hasn't made the list but his 19 goals in all competitions thwarts Adebayor's record.

At 29 years-old he is expected to be at his peak, and although he still shows glimpses of his quality, he needs to do it more often - and that’s what disappoints most of the fans.

Striker: Darren Bent | Aston Villa                                             

For a player with such a clinical goal record, Bent went into this campaign hoping that he could fire Villa into Europe while also building on his England caps.

At the time, he was a regular for both club and country. However he wasn’t in manager Paul Lambert’s plans and the signing of Christian Benteke dropped Bent to the bench.

Rumours of Villa refusing to play Bent due to a clause in his contract emerged, as if he played a certain amount of games they would have to pay Sunderland millions extra due to add on fees.

Whatever the reason, Bent has only started once in 2013 and his miserable campaign was summed up when he returned from yet another injury last week only to be snubbed again by Lambert.


Mark Hughes| Queens Park Rangers            

Twelve games without a win before getting sacked by QPR after spending astronomical amounts of chairman Tony Fernandes’s cash – few can debate why Hughes makes this list.

Signing nine players – including Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa, Park Ji Sung and Esteban Granero - at the time of his sacking in November, QPR were the only team out of 92 league clubs without a win.


Shay Given | Aston Villa

Andre Santos | Arsenal

Maicon | Manchester City

Joe Allen | Liverpool

Peter Odemwingie | West Brom

Maroaune Chamakh | West Ham (on loan from Arsenal)

Fabio Borini | Liverpool


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