Picking a Scapegoat Premier League XI

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Picking a Scapegoat Premier League XI
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Every team has a scapegoat. A player who, rightly or wrongly, is the first name turned upon when the going gets tough.

Their worth is often hotly debated among their own supporters. Being a scapegoat isn't necessarily a sign of a poor player; sometimes it's a case of fans wanting to see more, or simply that his overall input is misunderstood.

He may lack the technique to fit in with others around him, or just be prone to the odd glaring error.

Judging by last season's candidatessuch as Jordan Henderson, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Hartbeing considered a scapegoat isn't necessarily a permanent deal.

Here's a look at a current Premier League Scapegoat XI, including just one player per club and only those to have featured in at least 10 games this season.

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