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Our Premier League underachieving XI for the 2015/16 campaign

Friday 6th May 2016
The Premier League season is rapidly drawing to a close, and it has certainly been one to remember – particularly for fans of Leicester City. The Foxes have already secured the title with two games to go, and full credit to them. This article isn't about overachievers however, so we've decided to take a look at the eleven players who haven't been anywhere near good enough for their respective sides.


Starting off the team, we have Simon Mignolet in goal. The Belgian has shown flashes of brilliance at times, but the amount of mistakes he has made this term is frightening. He clearly has plenty of talent and ability, but sometimes his decision-making is just far too rash and risky. He has single-handedly cost Liverpool way too many points this season.


Leighton Baines has been one of the best left-backs in the country for years, but this season he has struggled massively. Injuries certainly haven't helped his case, but when he has been match fit, he has done next to nothing. We've become accustomed to those brilliant free-kicks, pinpoint crosses and solid defending but that has not been there this season. Hopefully, this isn't the start of his decline.

Next up we have Dejan Lovren . He cost Liverpool £20million two summers ago, and he just hasn't been as solid as the Anfield side expected. Liverpool's defence has leaked goals at times this season, and that is down to a real lack of leadership from Lovren. They should stick with him though, because he has the ability to succeed.

The third defender in the team is Joleon Lescott . He signed for Aston Villa this summer, with the Villa Park faithful expecting a real solid, reliable centre-back. He has been anything but that, both on and off the field. He infamously suggested that it was a ‘weight off his shoulders' when Villa's relegation was finally confirmed, which pretty much sums up his time in the Midlands.


Onto the holding midfielders: Manchester United spent £25million to land Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, whom the club were really excited about. The Frenchman has been in and out of the side, but when he has played, he hasn't really done all that much. Perhaps he is just settling into life at one of the biggest clubs in the world, but he'll come good eventually.

Next to him is another man from Manchester – Fabian Delph . He performed the U-Turn of the season when he declined a move to City, before then going on to sign for the club the week later. His time at the Etihad has been nothing short of a horror show, having featuring just twelve times in the league. He clearly has the talent to succeed at one of the top clubs, but injuries haven't helped his quest to displace Fernando and Fernandinho in the Manchester City starting line-up.

Now onto the more forward thinking midfielders. First up we have last years Player of the Year Eden Hazard . The Chelsea man has been anonymous all season, and has only burst into life over the last couple of weeks. His confidence has looked shot since the start of the campaign and he just hasn't been performing anywhere near his best.

On the left-wing we have Manchester United's Memphis Depay . Big things were expected of a man who cost £25million, but he has failed to deliver immensely. He started plenty of games in the first couple of months, but struggled to make any kind of impact whatsoever. Off-field antics have been well documented by the media at times, which haven't helped his case. He's still only 22 though, so he could well turn it around next season.

The other winger in this underachieving XI is Manchester City's Raheem Sterling . He cost the club a huge £49million, and although he started off quite brightly, he has struggled massively since, and has now lost his place in the side. He was one of Liverpool's standout players in the two years previous to his move to City, but the things he usually does so well just have not been there. Normally you'd expect him to use that burst of pace and trickery to beat his marker, but this year he hasn't done that anywhere near as frequently.


First up we have Radamel Falcao . The Columbian has struggled to get his foot in the door at all this season. The 30-year old just has not took to life in the Premier League in the two years he has been here, and it's quite sad to see El Tigre perform this badly. He looks all set to head back to AS Monaco this summer when his loan deal ends, having scored just once in twelve appearances for Chelsea.

Partnering Falcao we have Liverpool's £32million man Christian Benteke . Big things were expected of the Belgian front man, who was a huge success at Aston Villa. However, he just doesn't seem to fit Liverpool's system whatsoever. He found the back of the net nine times in 36 appearances, but Liverpool were certainly expecting more from the striker.

Check out the full line-up here:
Who would you include in your flop XI? Let us know below.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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