Five Of The Most Disappointing Players From The 2017/18 Season

Five Of The Most Disappointing Players From The 2017/18 Season
May 17, 2018

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Another historical Premier League season has reached its conclusion. From record-breaking point tallies all the way nail-biting moments at the bottom, for some the 2017/18 season is one to remember – for others, not so much. It could well be regarded a poor season across the board for teams outside of the top seven, but let’s focus on the individual performances of those who really should have achieved more. Here lie the top five most disappointing players from the 17/18 Premier League season.

5. Wayne Rooney

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Although 10 goals in a Premier League season is a statistic not to be taken granted of, the second coming of Evertonian Wayne Rooney to his boyhood club did not have the desired impact that was first suggested. England’s all-time highest goalscorer was drafted around the field for the majority of the campaign, playing in various positions in an attempt to revive Everton’s catastrophically underwhelming season. Rooney’s only real memorable contribution included adding a goal from his own half against West Ham to the scrapbook, but tired legs and inconsistencies in team selection led to fans questioning whether the 32-year- old is in the twilight of his Premier League career. A potential move to DC United could happen this summer.

4. Shkodran Mustafi

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It was less than two years ago when Arsenal signed the highly rated Valencia defender for around £35m. A solid season which contradicted Arsenal’s 16/17 campaign left Gooners with high hopes for a chance of a successful 17/18. The writing was etched onto the wall from the season before however; Wenger’s farewell season saw Arsenal finish outside the Champions League qualification places yet again. It was in this season where Mustafi’s defensive capabilities were truly exposed, with The Mirror now reporting that the 26-year old is likely to be sold. His exclusion from the German World Cup squad doesn’t help his case either. A season to forget for Shkodran.

3. Joe Hart

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Hart spent six years in an impressive, new breed Manchester City side, earning 75 England caps in the process. Joe was recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the league until a shaky Euro 2016 showing led to new City boss Pep Guardiola doubting his abilities, preferring a shot-stopper who could play with his feet. Hart’s confidence was shaken when he was told that he would be going out on loan to Italian side Torino in the 2016/17 season. Things did not go to plan for the Shrewsbury-born keeper the season after either, with West Ham dropping him due to his shaky performances. After a season which was supposed to reinstall confidence in Hart, he finds himself unwanted at his club and dropped by his country.

2. Ross Barkley

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Having been previously described by Roberto Martinez as “a mix between Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack”, a £15m move to Chelsea in the January transfer window of this year seemed like a steal at the time, however a mix of nagging injuries and poor performances meant that throughout the 17/18 season the 24-year old only accumulated 3 appearances – 131 minutes of football to be exact. Not only did this leave his chances of a World cup shout non-existent, but it has also led to various media outlets questioning whether his time at Chelsea is about to come to an unsatisfying end.

1. Renato Sanches

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Before Sanches arrived at Swansea he was regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young talents, winning the European Golden Boy award and being named the Young Player of the Tournament for Euro 2016 champions Portugal, as well as holding his own at Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich. However it was time for Renato to get some real game time, some competitive experience, some space to excel in an average team. It is safe to say that none of these things came to fruition. Probably the most anticlimactic debut in Premier League history, the 20-year old had an absolute shocker against Newcastle; giving the ball away once every three minutes, winning only 26% of his duels and attempting the games fewest passes. Karate kicking Joselu in the testicles when sloppily challenging for a high-ball (pun intended) summarised the Portuguese playmaker’s season – unpleasant to watch.

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