READ: FootyAccums Flops of the Year

READ: FootyAccums Flops of the Year

FootyAccums Flops of the Year

With the season now drawing to its finale, the Premier League have, like every year, released their PFA Team of the Year. There are no real shocks included in this glistening starting XI: with the likes of Mo Salah, Harry Kane, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva all making up the team of highest performers from the past eight months. Sergio Aguero made it into the side for first time since his move to the Premier League back in 2011, which although is thoroughly deserved, could be deemed a bit harsh on Liverpool front man Roberto Firmino, who has adapted to his new role as the lone striker at Anfield seamlessly, scoring 25 goals in all competitions this term.

Since the turn of the year, much talk has surrounded the Premier League’s best performers, with the nominations for the elusive Player of the Year award often taking centre stage in any football-related debate. It’s no secret to who is up for this highly sought after award, and with Egyptian winger Mo Salah, Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and Spurs goal machine Harry Kane all worthy winners, whoever misses out on the trophy can still hold their heads high that they’ve performed so consistently well throughout the whole campaign.

For all the good players that have stolen the limelight this term, there has also been some absolutely abysmal performances from players of which so much was expected before the season started. Below, we’ve compiled our “Flop XI”, containing the eleven players we deem to have performed so consistently poor throughout the whole campaign. Give it a read and let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @footyaccums!

Goalkeeper – Peter Cech (Arsenal)

Nobody would argue just what a fantastic servant to the Premier League Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been. The 35-year-old is one of the best goalkeepers the game has seen and has achieved so much throughout his spells with Chelsea and the Gunners over the years. However this season something has been amis with Cech. He’s been a shadow of his former-self, making sloppy mistakes and gifting teams with opportunities that we wouldn’t have done in years gone by. Granted, Cech has never had a defence in front of him as weak as the one he has this season, but still, he makes it into our XI here following an extremely poor season at the Emirates.

Petr Cech Arsenal

Right back – Serge Aurier (Tottenham)

Bought from PSG for £22.5 million back in the summer, Serge Aurier could well be a contender for the worst right-back Spurs have ever signed. The Ivorian full-back was purchased as a direct replacement for Kyle Walker, who left the club for Manchester City back in July, but has looked shaky every time he’s stepped on the pitch this season. Careless in possession, clumsy off the ball and just an all round liability, Aurier goes into this team without question. Kieran Tripper is streets ahead of him at the North London club and the fact that he completed a hattrick of foul throws against Crystal Palace in February just sums up how poor he’s been in his first Premier League season.

Centre back – Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

Words fail us when we talk about former Valencia centre half Shkodran Mustafi. The 26-year-old is a World Cup winner, but this season has played like someone in the Conference South (at best). No Arsenal player can come out of this dire campaign with any real credit, but after costing the club £35 million last summer, Mustafi takes the crown for the biggest waste of money a club could possibly spend. The German international has a real talent for getting beaten at the near post and allowing defenders to turn him, just a shame he can’t transfer that talent into something productive. It looks as though Mustafi may be leaving North London this summer, with rumours of him signing for Juventus. Sooner the better for Arsenal fans.

Centre back – Ashley Williams (Everton)

We don’t quite know what’s happened to Ashley Williams, but my god its hard to watch. Williams used to be such a steady player, he was always the first name on the team sheet for Swansea and Wales and led by example in a Swans back-line that was otherwise fairly limited. Since his move to Everton however, things have just gone from bad to worse for Williams. He frequently gives away silly fouls, gets caught out in possession too much and seems like he has absolutely no confidence on the ball anymore. Williams has been part of a defence that have conceded 54 goals this season, both him and fellow defender Michael Keane have been poor, but he’s been notably awful this term and makes into out back-line no questions asked.

Left back – Cuco Martina (Everton) 

Former Southampton defender Cuco Martina moved with Ronald Koeman when the Dutch manager made the switch to Merseyside last summer. Purchased solely as a squad player, Martina has played more minutes than expected due to the long-term injury suffered by first choice full-back Seamus Coleman last March. The 28-year-old full-back will be remembered in Premier League history for his sensational strike against Arsenal on Boxing Day in 2016 when playing for Southampton, but certainly not for his defensive performances. Deployed at both right and left back this season, Martina always has a mistake in him, and that’s why he makes our list of flops this season.

Right midfield – Nathan Redmond (Southampton)

Southampton wide man Nathan Redmond was not long ago hailed as one of the most promising young English players in the Premier League. After impressing at both Birmingham and Norwich, Southampton bought him to the south coast after paying the Canaries £13.5 million back in 2016. Since his move though, Redmond has failed to impress at St Mary’s. With just 4 goals in his 30 appearances this term, the 24-year-old has now lost his place in the Southampton starting line-up and looks set to possibly leave the club in the summer. There’s no doubting Redmond has plenty of potential, and maybe if he moves to another club he will unlock that. For now though, he’s completely underperforming and it’s a real shame.

Centre midfield – Timo Bakayoko (Chelsea)

Arguably the worst signing of the season in the Premier League, former Monaco central midfielder Bakayoko was bought by Chelsea for £36 million as a direct replacement for Nemanja Matic but, in truth, doesn’t look good enough to lace the Serbian’s boots. Unbelievably careless in possession and positionally unaware of his surroundings in the Blues midfield, Bakayoko gives every Chelsea fan sweaty palms when he has the ball at his feet. Cesc Fabregas must be wondering what he’s done wrong to deserve a centre midfield partner as poor as the French 23-year-old. What a waste of money.

Centre midfield – Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Brom)

PSG loanee Grzegorz Krychowiak was supposed to give West Brom’s midfield some reassurance, but all he’s done is burn a massive hole in their pocket. On a staggering £120,000-a-week, the Polish international has contributed just two assists for the West Midland’s outfit in his 24 Premier League appearances this term and with his side now all but relegated from the top tier it’s clear he’s had little to no effect at the Hawthorns this term. A player of undoubtable quality that may just be playing poorly due to being placed in a poor side, Krychowiak still makes it into our list due to his massive reputation and wage packet. Thankfully, for everyone involved his nightmare season in the Prem is almost at an end.

Left midfield – Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth)

Bournemouth wide man Jordon Ibe hasn’t impressed at all since joining the south coast outfit from Liverpool for £16 million last season. The 22-year-old winger has only scored 2 goals in 54 appearances for the Cherries and this season has seen first team opportunities limited due to the form of Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fraser. If you’re going to have your first name printed on the back of your shirt as opposed to your surname, you’ve got to deliver on the pitch: does Ibe? No, not really. Still young with plenty of potential, he may well come good next season, however for now he’s done little to nothing to justify himself as Bournemouth’s second-highest signing.

Striker – Christian Benteke

Benteke, on his day can be unplayable. He’s got all the attributes required to be a world-class striker: great in the air, strong on the ball and is a quality finisher. It’s just a shame his day doesn’t really come around too often anymore. After moving from Aston Villa to Liverpool for £42 million back in 2015, Benteke was sold to Palace for £28 million at the start of last season after failing to make any real impact at Anfield. Since arriving at Selhurst Park, he has had a less than memorable tenure in South London. The Belgian front man also has clear attitude problems, he frequently looks dis-interested on the pitch and earlier this season snatched a penalty off of designated taker Luka Milivojević so he could take it instead. Benteke then missed the resulting spot-kick which meant Palace (who at the time sat in the relegation zone) missed out on beating Bournemouth back in December. After an extremely poor campaign, Benteke leads the line in our Flops of the Season XI without hesitation.

Striker – Saido Berahino 

We’ve saved the best until last here, the ultimate Premier League flop, the creme de la creme of disappointment – Saido Berahino. The former West Brom front man, who was not long ago wanted by the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool has been one of the worst signings in Premier League history for Stoke City. On a reported £80,000-a-week, Berahino hasn’t scored a goal for over 2 years now and looks completely unfit. His chances in the Potters side have been limited to say the least this term, but that’s because he is, for want of a better word, abysmal. In his 20 appearances this season (all competitions), the former England u21 international has just 1 assist to his name, and precisely 0 goals. No top flight club will want to touch him after his disastrous spell at Stoke, especially considering how obscenely high his wages are, so it begs the question: what does Berahino’s future entail? His attitude seems to be completely wrong, and the fact he’s fallen out with more than one manager throughout his career shows just what a problematic player he seems to be. A strike force that would struggle to break out of the Football League in their current form, we’re not holding much hope for our Flop XI this season…