Football is the ultimate team game: eleven players on the field at one time all hopefully in sync with one another.
Idealistically, all 11 players are of somewhat equal talent level. But that is indeed being idealistic. Like any other occupation, there are those better at their craft than others.
So here are five players whose performance has been most affected, in a not-so-good way, by their supporting cast. And while these individuals have played more than respectable football, things could be much better with stronger surrounding talent.
Let’s not get the wrong idea. There are no perfect players, and the following individuals bear the burden of some responsibility for the team’s lack of success in this area as well. And the positive thing is that all of these teams are working hard to remedy a certain situation. Ultimately, it’s the club that is really affected, as opposed to the player.
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