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Every Premier League club’s most underwhelming player so far this season


Below par

A look at the players who just haven’t managed to get out of the starting blocks yet

Every club has someone the fans take their frustrations out on, don’t they?

Here, talkSPORT.com looks at each side’s most underwhelming player – the one who bears the brunt of most complaints.

It’s not that these players have flopped – they’ve just been below par.

We are only 12 games into the Premier League season, though, so maybe some of them take time to get going…

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Arsenal

It would be unfair to pin all of the Gunners’ defensive frailties on the Greece international, but he looks distinctly average and a lack of athleticism was exposed in the early season defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

It would be unfair to pin all of the Gunners’ defensive frailties on the Greece international, but he looks distinctly average and a lack of athleticism was exposed in the early season defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Jordon Ibe – Bournemouth

A talented, yet frustrating player, Ibe has struggled for consistency since his move from Liverpool to the south coast in 2016. Now a fixture on the Bournemouth bench, Ibe has stared one league match this season – a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.

A talented, yet frustrating player, Ibe has struggled for consistency since his move from Liverpool to the south coast in 2016. Now a fixture on the Bournemouth bench, Ibe has stared one league match this season – a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Brighton

Chris Hughton broke the club’s transfer record to bring the forward to the Amex in a £17m summer deal having impressed at previous club AZ Alkmaar where he won the Golden Boot with 21 goals. In 10 Premier League matches he has yet to score or record an assist.

Chris Hughton broke the club’s transfer record to bring the forward to the Amex in a £17m summer deal having impressed at previous club AZ Alkmaar where he won the Golden Boot with 21 goals. In 10 Premier League matches he has yet to score or record an assist.

Chris Wood – Burnley

Europa League qualification last season has come at a price in 2018/19, as the Clarets languish in the bottom half with just two wins. A solitary goal from Wood has done little to ease the struggles at Turf Moor.

Europa League qualification last season has come at a price in 2018/19, as the Clarets languish in the bottom half with just two wins. A solitary goal from Wood has done little to ease the struggles at Turf Moor.

Junior Hoilett – Cardiff

A difficult debut season in the Premier League was to be expected for Neil Warnock’s side and, while they have won two of their last four matches, the former Blackburn forward, who has no goals this campaign, is simply not the answer in their quest for survival.

A difficult debut season in the Premier League was to be expected for Neil Warnock’s side and, while they have won two of their last four matches, the former Blackburn forward, who has no goals this campaign, is simply not the answer in their quest for survival.

Andreas Christensen – Chelsea

Yes, it seems harsh to include a man who is yet to feature in the league, but it sums up the Dane’s fall from grace who was a permanent fixture for the Blues under Antonio Conte. Shaky performances in the cup competitions this season will do little to change current boss Maurizio Sarri’s mind.

Yes, it seems harsh to include a man who is yet to feature in the league, but it sums up the Dane’s fall from grace who was a permanent fixture for the Blues under Antonio Conte. Shaky performances in the cup competitions this season will do little to change current boss Maurizio Sarri’s mind.

Max Meyer – Crystal Palace

Arriving with a big reputation from Schalke, Palace fans are still waiting to see the best from their diminutive midfielder. Meyer has shown flashes of his quality, but it has not been enough as Wilfried Zaha continues to carry the burden of creativity.

Arriving with a big reputation from Schalke, Palace fans are still waiting to see the best from their diminutive midfielder. Meyer has shown flashes of his quality, but it has not been enough as Wilfried Zaha continues to carry the burden of creativity.

Cenk Tosun – Everton

Last season the forward led the line for Sam Allardyce’s side, finishing with a respectable five goals in 14 matches. However, he has since lost his place to the more explosive Richarlison and does not appear to suit the quicker style of the Toffees under Marco Silva this campaign.

Last season the forward led the line for Sam Allardyce’s side, finishing with a respectable five goals in 14 matches. However, he has since lost his place to the more explosive Richarlison and does not appear to suit the quicker style of the Toffees under Marco Silva this campaign.

Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham

Yes, yes, he is only 18 and incredibly talented, but after dominating every opposition full-back in the Championship last season, he has found life at the top isn’t quite as easy. Fulham’s struggles have highlighted the need for Sessegnon to rediscover his best form.

Yes, yes, he is only 18 and incredibly talented, but after dominating every opposition full-back in the Championship last season, he has found life at the top isn’t quite as easy. Fulham’s struggles have highlighted the need for Sessegnon to rediscover his best form.

Ben Hamer – Huddersfield

Signed to provide competition for Jonas Lossl, Hamer begun the season as the Terriers’ no.1, but after conceding nine goals in three matches, including six against Manchester City, he was dropped from the side.

Signed to provide competition for Jonas Lossl, Hamer begun the season as the Terriers’ no.1, but after conceding nine goals in three matches, including six against Manchester City, he was dropped from the side.

Wes Morgan – Leicester

A mainstay in the heart of the Leicester defence, Morgan has not been bad, it is just he has not looked anywhere like the dominating leader who helped Leicester win the league two years ago.

A mainstay in the heart of the Leicester defence, Morgan has not been bad, it is just he has not looked anywhere like the dominating leader who helped Leicester win the league two years ago.

Joel Matip – Liverpool

It has been a difficult season for the defender under Jurgen Klopp. Having started just one league match, Matip has been unable to break up the Virgil van Dijk/Joe Gomez partnership and is apparently wanted by Claudio Ranieri at Fulham.

It has been a difficult season for the defender under Jurgen Klopp. Having started just one league match, Matip has been unable to break up the Virgil van Dijk/Joe Gomez partnership and is apparently wanted by Claudio Ranieri at Fulham.

Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City

The form of Sergio Aguero has kept Jesus on the bench for much of this season. He has also struggled to regain his form from their title-winning campaign and has scored just one league goal – in the 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield. Things are looking up, though, with his hat-trick in the 6-0 hammering of Shakhtar.

The form of Sergio Aguero has kept Jesus on the bench for much of this season. He has also struggled to regain his form from their title-winning campaign and has scored just one league goal – in the 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield. Things are looking up, though, with his hat-trick in the 6-0 hammering of Shakhtar.

Alexis Sanchez – Manchester United

Expected to kick on after a difficult debut season at Old Trafford, the former Arsenal star looks a shadow of himself and appears to be on borrowed time under Jose Mourinho.

Expected to kick on after a difficult debut season at Old Trafford, the former Arsenal star looks a shadow of himself and appears to be on borrowed time under Jose Mourinho.

Kenedy – Newcastle United

Excellent in the second half of last season, things have not quite worked out for the Brazilian who has failed to create a single chance this season. Kenedy also missed a last minute penalty against Cardiff in August.

Excellent in the second half of last season, things have not quite worked out for the Brazilian who has failed to create a single chance this season. Kenedy also missed a last minute penalty against Cardiff in August.

Shane Long – Southampton

Goals continue to elude the Saints forward – five in the past three seasons tells it’s own story.

Goals continue to elude the Saints forward – five in the past three seasons tells it’s own story.

Mousa Dembele – Tottenham

Those barnstorming runs and powerful midfield displays appear to be a thing of the past for the Belgian, who has been inconsistent this season.

Those barnstorming runs and powerful midfield displays appear to be a thing of the past for the Belgian, who has been inconsistent this season.

Abdoulaye Doucouré – Watford

He simply has been nowhere near as good as he was last season considering he took home both the Fans’ and Player’s Player of the Year award at Watford’s end of season bash.

He simply has been nowhere near as good as he was last season considering he took home both the Fans’ and Player’s Player of the Year award at Watford’s end of season bash.

Jack Wilshere – West Ham

Wilshere swapped Arsenal for West Ham in the hopes of changing his fortune, but the midfielder was again struck down with injury. He required ankle surgery and will be hoping to force his way back into the Hammers side ahead of the festive period.

Wilshere swapped Arsenal for West Ham in the hopes of changing his fortune, but the midfielder was again struck down with injury. He required ankle surgery and will be hoping to force his way back into the Hammers side ahead of the festive period.

Romain Saiss – Wolves

The Moroccan international has found opportunities hard to come by for the newly-promoted Wolves this season. He joined in 2016 and both his appearances have come from the bench, though it can’t be easy when you’re battling Joao Moutinho for a place.

The Moroccan international has found opportunities hard to come by for the newly-promoted Wolves this season. He joined in 2016 and both his appearances have come from the bench, though it can’t be easy when you’re battling Joao Moutinho for a place.





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