One under-performing player at every Premier League club this season including Kieran Trippier, Fred and Marcos Alonso

24 Mar

The closing stages of the 2018/19 season is round the corner so for some players it’s time to reflect on how they feel they’ve performed.

There have been great performances this campaign, however, others have not been so good, including Tottenham full-back Kieran Tripper, who admitted he could have done “a lot better” in 2018/19 in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

Trippier has struggled for form this season

And Trippier’s comment got us thinking, which other players have not performed to the standard that is expected of them?

Below you can see one under-performing player for every Premier League side this season.

AFC Bournemouth (Asmir Begovic)

Asmir Begovic had a decent 2017/18 season but he has been far from his best this campaign, so much so that the Bosnian has lost his place between the sticks to veteran Artur Boruc, 39.

Begovic has been in bad form this season

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe denied reports of a bust-up with the goalkeeper in February but admitted Begovic’s future is in his own hands.

Arsenal (Mesut Ozil)

However, it’s pretty obvious that there’s friction between Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and manager Unai Emery.

The German’s work-ethic has been questioned for a number of seasons and Emery has done what Arsene Wenger didn’t have the stomach to do and has dropped Ozil from the team and sometimes from the matchday squad altogether.

Has Emery’s treatment of Ozil actually been a masterclass in man management?

But Ozil has started the last few games for the Gunners as they mount a challenge for the top four so the No.10’s season could finally be on the up.

Brighton (Jurgen Locadia)

Brighton are not blessed with huge amounts of talent so when they splashed out on the Dutchman for a club-record fee of £14million, you’d have thought they would be getting a bit more back.

But forward Jurgen Locadia has been a bit of a disaster since moving to the Amex from PSV Eindhoven in January 2018, scoring just four goals this season and six overall.

Burnley (Joe Hart)

Joe Hart was handed a lifeline at Burnley, who signed him in the summer following injuries to goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Nick Pope.

Hart is no longer first choice keeper at Burnley

And he got off to a storming start, making saves that he would have made during his peak years at Manchester City.

However, just as Heaton started to get fit again, Hart went back into the rut he was experiencing during his bad loan spell at West Ham last season and Hart has now been demoted to the bench with seemingly no way back into the first-team.

Cardiff City (Oumar Niasse)

It may be a bit harsh to judge Oumar Niasse’s Cardiff career as he’s only made seven appearances since signing on loan in January.

Neil Warnock is happy to have Niasse among his ranks

But Cardiff are in a relegation battle and don’t have the time to let him settle in so the striker needs to start scoring promptly especially given Niasse’s new team-mates are limited in terms of their quality.

Chelsea (Marcos Alonso)

This was a difficult one as the only Chelsea player who can really say they’ve played consistently well this season is Eden Hazard.

Jorginho has been nowhere near the player he was at Napoli and Chelsea fans are still wracking their brains about just what Mateo Kovacic’s purpose is.

But we’ve given this prize to Marcos Alonso, who’s form really has dropped this season.

Alonso has had a very frustrating season

When you compare how good he was in the days under Antonio Conte where Alonso played as a formidable left-wing back, he has looked out of his depth as an out-and-out full-back.

Crystal Palace (Max Meyer)

A few players for Crystal Palace have not been at the races including Christian Benteke, who is a shadow of the player who bullied defences and scored many goals at Aston Villa.

However, Benteke has been awful for a while so we’ve given this award to Max Meyer, who has really struggled to adapt to the Premier League despite his good reputation in Germany.

Meyer hasn’t shown what all the hype is about at Palace yet

The former Schalke man has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season but has only scored twice and made two assists in a frustrating campaign.

Everton (Cenk Tosun)

Again, there were almost too many players to choose from at Everton, who have been in free-fall ever since they were beaten by Liverpool in cruel fashion in December.

And it seems almost harsh to give this award to Cenk Tosun as new manager Marco Silva doesn’t give him many opportunities to play but when the striker has come on, he just can’t give a good account of himself.

Tosun has scored just two Premier League goals in 21 appearances this season, awful stats for a striker who had a fierce reputation in his homeland Turkey.

Tosun has failed to set the Premier League alight at Everton

Fulham (Luciano Vietto)

Fulham made 12 new signings last summer and very few of them can be considered a success, however, we’ve picked out Luciano Vietto as the biggest let-down at Craven Cottage this season.

Vietto, 25, arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid but judging by how he’s played this season, it’s easy to see why the LaLiga giants allowed him to leave.

The Argentine, who plays as a forward only has one goal and four assists this season in all competitions. A poor campaign for Vietto and Fulham.

Vietto has been pretty anonymous this campaign

Huddersfield Town (Aaron Mooy)

To pick out Huddersfield’s most under-performing player was also quite difficult as the type of play at the club is very workman-like let’s say.

So we’ve gone for Aaron Mooy, who produced a few magical moments last season as they somehow managed to maintain their status in the top flight.

The Australian has not been at his best this season but let’s face it, even Lionel Messi would struggle to keep the Terriers up.

Mooy and Huddersfield are destined for the drop

Leicester City (Kelechi Iheanacho)

Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to Leicester in the summer of 2017 seemed a very astute signing as he showed signs of being a natural goalscorer at Manchester City.

But things just have not worked out for the Nigeria international and he’s been a huge let-down for the Foxes this campaign, making just nine Premier League starts in 2018/19 and scoring one goal.

Liverpool (Naby Keita)

There was huge build-up to Naby Keita arriving at Liverpool and it was heavily implied he would take the Premier League by storm.

But the midfielder, 23, has struggled to make an impact at Anfield so far, showing only snippets of what he is capable of. Keita has yet to score a goal this season which will bother him.

Keita has struggled to live up to his £48million price tag

Manchester City (Nicolas Otamendi)

Nicolas Otamendi played a big part in Manchester City coasting to the Premier League title last season but this time around he’s been more of a fringe player.

It’s not really Otamendi’s fault he’s only made 15 league appearances this campaign but John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have forged a very effective partnership at the back together.

However, most of City’s players have been right on it this season so Otamendi is the unfortunate recipient of this prize.

Manchester United (Fred)

Signing a player for over £50million is not as significant as it would be ten years ago, but Manchester United midfielder Fred has still looked like a complete waste of money so far.

Fred has struggled hugely this season

The Brazilian has had a pretty torrid time at Old Trafford but admittedly has played his way back into the fold in recent games. He Still needs to improve hugely though.

Newcastle United (Kenedy)

After a good loan spell at Newcastle last season, Kenedy was brought to St James’ Park on a season-long loan this campaign.

Although the Magpies may wish they hadn’t bothered as the Brazilian has been ineffective, scoring just one goal in 22 Premier League appearances this season.

His second spell at Newcastle was arguably epitomised by his poor penalty miss at Cardiff earlier in the season – just a bit rubbish frankly.

It’s going to take a bit more than a bum pat to improve Kenedy’s season!

Southampton (Alex McCarthy)

Alex McCarthy appears to go through spells where he looks unstoppable at one point and then other points where he seems like a distinctly average goalkeeper.

And this season, McCarthy is not in a particularly good way and his form has led to new Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl playing Angus Gunn between the sticks instead.

Tottenham Hotspur (Kieran Trippier)

Kieran Tripper is big enough to admit he’s not done as well as he would have liked this season but he said it with good reason.

It’s been a stop-start campaign for the full-back who has had a number of injuries probably due to him not having enough time off following England’s semi-final performance at the World Cup.

Kieran Trippier has failed to replicate his World Cup form

Trippier has made sloppy mistakes though, including a daft own goal against Chelsea and a penalty miss during Tottenham’s FA Cup exit at Crystal Palace in Feburary.

Watford (Isaac Success)

It’s ironic that Isaac Success has been a failure this season!

But this is no laughing matter for the Watford striker who only has one goal in 15 Premier League appearances this season.

The Hornets are stuck with him for a while though as Success signed a five-year contract with the club in November.

Success hasn’t been getting it right this season

West Ham (Lucas Perez)

Lucas Perez’s move to West Ham last summer seemed like a fresh start for the striker following his unsuccessful two-year spell at Arsenal.

But the Spaniard has shown very little to suggest he’s cut out for the Premier League, scoring just two goals in the league all season.

During a win at Everton in September, it appeared Perez refused to warm up after Marko Arnautovic needed to be substituted off but this is something both Perez and West Ham both denied.

Perez has struggled in the Premier League

Wolves (Adama Traore)

It’s been a wonderful season back in the top flight for Wolves but this is not the case for Adama Traore.

The former Barcelona man signed for Wolves last summer and was expected to provide more goals for the Molineux-based club.

However, Traore has only scored one goal for Wolves, which was all the way back in September against West Ham.

The most fouled players in the Premier League this season, including Wilfried Zaha, Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard

1 Feb

For every awe-inspiring dribble you see on a football pitch, there is (inevitably) at least one member of the opposition looking to ‘disrupt’ their flow.

When Diego Maradona shimmied his way through the England defence on that fateful, scorching hot day at Mexico ’86, you can bet your life Peter Reid wishes he had scythed the magician down.

Hazard knows what it is like to receive special attention in the Premier League

For every showstopping artiste that captures the imagination of the crowd, there is an unscrupulous enforcer looking to stop them – this has been the pattern in football since records began.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left incensed as a frustrated Wilfried Zaha saw red for two petulant yellow cards at Southampton on Wednesday night.

The former England boss said of his talisman: “It’s disappointing that a player who perhaps provided the most entertainment throughout the game was consistently fouled.

“That he wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling and complains about a foul that wasn’t given and probably should have been.

A cynical foul could have stopped one of the greatest goals in football history

“I don’t think he’s targeted as a person I just think players who run with the ball as well as he does just get fouled. His play was good enough to provoke those fouls.”

But does Hodgson have a point; do players who constantly look to dribble the ball constantly get fouled?

Thanks to Whoscored.com, it’s possible to see who has been fouled the most so far in the Premier League this season.

20. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Murray has been fouled 34 times this season

19. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Mane has been fouled 36 times

=19. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton)

Hojbjerg has been fouled 36 times

17. Ashley Barnes (Burnley)

Barnes has been fouled 37 times

=17. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

Mitrovic has been fouled 37 times

15. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Fraser has been fouled 38 times

=15. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

Xhaka has been fouled 38 times

=15. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United)

Anderson has been fouled 38 times

=15. David Brooks (Bournemouth)

Brooks has been fouled 38 times

11. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City)

Murphy has been fouled 40 times

=11. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

Townsend has been fouled 40 times

9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Kane has been fouled 41 times

8. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Gunedouzi has been fouled 42 times

=8. James Maddison (Leicester City)

Maddison has been fouled 42 times

=8. Isaac Success (Watford)

Success has been fouled 42 times

5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Pogba has been fouled 44 times

4. Richarlison (Everton)

Richarlison has been fouled 52 times

=4. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)

Torreira has been fouled 52 times

2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Zaha has been fouled 63 times

1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Hazard has been fouled 69 times

Watford forward Isaac Success signs five-year contract extension with Premier League club

29 Nov

Watford forward Isaac Success has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The 22-year-old, who first joined the Hornets in July 2016, has committed himself for another five years, keeping him at the club until 2023.

Success has scored three goals this season but only one has come in the Premier League

Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said on the club’s website: “This is a just reward for Isaac’s continued hard work and application this season.

“We look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming years.”

Success joined Watford from Granada during July 2016 for what was then a club-record fee believed to around £12.75million.

The 22-year-old has scored three goals in six starts so far this season.

Javi Gracia has also secured his long-term future in Hertfordshire

This comes just 24 hours after head coach Javi Gracia signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road.

Watford are ninth in the Premier League table and will look to respond from last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Liverpool when they travel to Leicester on Saturday.