Premier League: Worst XI of the season, including Manchester United, Tottenham, and Arsenal players

4 May

Now that the PFA Team of the Year has been announced it is only right that we give a mention to those players who haven’t shined this season.

Manchester United have had a turbulent campaign, having managed just two clean sheets at Old Trafford – their worst tally since the 1962/63 season.

Kieran Trippier has failed to replicate his World Cup form

While Huddersfield and Fulham have also had miserable seasons – with both clubs relegated with more than a month of the season remaining.

But who makes the cut in the ‘Worst XI’ of the season? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict…


Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic

The Bournemouth stopper has had a season to forget between the sticks. He has made the most errors leading to goals in the whole division (5).

His form has been so poor that Eddie Howe called on the 39-year-old veteran Artur Boruc to see out the rest of the season in goal for the Cherries.

David de Gea has also hit a poor run of form making four errors leading to goals this term, with three of them coming in his last three games but also contributed a couple of immaculate displays, including one against Tottenham.

Begovic has the most errors leading to goals this season

Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Shkodran Mustafi, Terence Kongolo, Gaitan Bong

Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier may have been involved in one of the most iconic moments of 2018 at the World Cup but he’s been hugely disappointing this campaign.

The 28-year-old may find Harry Kane in the penalty area regularly but defensively he’s put in some calamitous performances this season, and therefore he takes the right-back slot in the line-up.

Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has yet again been hugely disapointing this term. The German has struggled since his £35m move from Valencia and the Gunners’ leaky defence is still their biggest weakness.

Mustafi has continued to struggle for the Gunners this term

Huddersfield defender Kongolo has not stuck out in terms of individual errors but he gets the nod simply because the Terriers’ defence has been all over the place this season. They have shipped 74 goals and two of the five clean sheets they have recorded Kongolo was on the bench.

Gaetan Bong has also had a season to forget for the Seagulls. He gives the ball away far too much and offers very little going forward. Furthermore, his assist tally of 0 is very surprising given the nature of the modern full-back.

Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Mateo Kovacic, Fred

Nemanja Matic of two years ago was undeniably one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League but he has clearly lost his legs and should probably be offloaded by the Red Devils.

The Serb is too slow and does not cover enough ground defensively and has generally been poor this season.

Kovacic has struggled to make an impact for Chelsea

Joining him in the line-up is United’s £50million summer signing Fred. The Brazilian has been poor on several occasions, most recently against Barcelona where he gave the ball away countless times.

He has played second-fiddle to Scott McTominay for large parts of the season too, going to show just how disappointing he has been for the Red Devils.

There was so much optimism around Stamford Bridge with the news that Mateo Kovacic would be joining, but ultimately his spell in west London has proved to be a disaster.

No-one actually knows what he does. He couldn’t score a goal if your life depended on it and doesn’t offer much in terms of passing either. Chelsea will be delighted it is only a loan move.

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez, Junior Hoilett, Laurent Depoitre

Alexia Sanchez’s nightmare move to Man United is getting worse and worse with each passing game. The Chilean has managed just one goal and one assist in 19 matches this campaign, despite being the club’s best paid player on £500k-a-week.

Sanchez’s nightmare time at United is showing no signs of ending

Cardiff winger Junior Hoilett has managed just a single assist this campaign despite featuring as a wide forward this season. However, he did score two absolute wonderstrikes against Wolves and Watford respectively which have been two great moments in an otherwise dire season for the former QPR man.

Huddersfield’s big Belgian Laurent Depoitre has failed to score a single goal in 23 league matches this season. But you have to feel sympathy for him with the service he has been given from the rest of the team.

Have a look at the line-up in full below

Do you agree with this worst XI of the season?

Burnley fan charged with racially aggravated offence in relation to abuse of Brighton defender Gaetan Bong

12 Feb

A Burnley fan who allegedly aimed abuse at Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong has been charged with a racially aggravated offence.

Two men were arrested after being ejected during the Premier League match at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, which Burnley won 3-1.

The two men were subsequently charged by the Crown Prosecution Service and will appear in court next month.

Brighton defender Gaetan Bong

Sussex Police released a statement about the incident.

The statement said: “Two men have been charged following an incident during the Brighton and Hove Albion vs Burnley match at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

“Club stewards responded to reports of racist abuse received by away supporters in the away end during the game.

The alleged incident took place at Brighton’s Amex Stadium

“Two individuals were identified and ejected from the stadium, and arrested by Sussex Police officers.

“Nathan Higgins, 18, a student, of Talbot Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

“Stewart Higgins, 53, an engineer, also of Talbot Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

“Both defendants were released on unconditional bail and are due to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on March 14.”