Biggest Flop for Every Premier League Team This Season
For this week's column we asked Stan to pick out the most underwhelming player at each Premier League club this season.
Some you will see coming; others may raise some eyebrows.
As a man who's seen every club live this season—and a number of times at that—Stan is more qualified than most to pass judgement.
We'll take things alphabetically. There is one is certain to spark some debate, so be sure to leave your comments below.
Arsenal: Jack Wilshere
When Jack Wilshere first emerged at Arsenal, I expected him to be a dictator of play. I expected him to be getting involved in the type of goals we see Yaya Toure scoring on a regular basis.
Wilshere should be getting 10-15 goals a season—drifting in, beating players and using his balance and touch to make things happen. Toure has scored 20 from a defensive position this season for Manchester City. Wilshere could be doing the same for Arsenal, but he isn't.
Aston Villa: Gabriel Agbonlahor
Agbonlahor has shown loyalty to Aston Villa, but he's gone really stale the last couple of seasons.
Maybe he needs a new challenge. He has turbo pace and he can frighten defenders, but we haven't seen the best of him for a long while now. Perhaps the changes at Villa have affected him mentally.
Cardiff City: Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha arrived at Cardiff from Manchester United, and we expected big things. I saw his England debut, and there was talk of him emulating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
At the moment he's come down so far the comparisons need re-evaluating—forget about Messi and Ronaldo, he should be trying to emulate Craig Noone, who's been a much bigger threat than Zaha this season.
Zaha needs to get back to basics. If he's not careful, he'll be the next Emmanuel Frimpong, with a million followers on social media, but a game in decline.
Crystal Palace: Tom Ince
Ince is only at Palace on loan, but he hasn't been able to force his way regularly into the starting lineup.
When things were going well for Blackpool, we were talking about his huge potential, but he's flatlined. Ince just hasn't moved on and developed this season.
Chelsea: Fernando Torres
I've been saying it for three years—Torres is not right for Chelsea. At the moment he looks like a walking ad for depression. He looks like he hasn't enjoyed his football for so long that he's never ever going to be the same player again.
Torres should have got out of Chelsea after Season 1. He's the perfect illustration that money can't make somebody happy. It's about enjoying your job, which he isn't.
Everton: Antolin Alcaraz
Alcaraz is a poor defender, and his positioning is not good. Roberto Martinez gets so many thumbs up for his work this season, but Alcaraz has been Everton's Achilles' heel at the back.
Fulham: Darren Bent
Darren Bent has scored goals everywhere, but he's never developed his all-round goal. He gets an A-plus for scoring, but a D for his all-round play.
His underwhelming season sums up the malaise at Fulham—players enjoying life on the Thames in a lovely part of London, but not putting in the requisite commitment.
Hull City: Sone Aluko
Aluko did very well at Rangers and was expected to be a key player in transition for Hull—somebody who could run with the ball and skip past challenges. His failure to be that player demonstrates the gulf between the top league in Scotland and the Premier League.
Liverpool: Iago Aspas
Aspas is a wide man who's a Liverpool fan (turns out his favourite player is yours truly!), but he hasn't been able to do the business this season.
He's looked lightweight and not provided the Plan B option Brendan Rodgers was hoping to have signed when he got him. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Aspas leave this summer.
Manchester City: Stevan Jovetic
Jovetic has underwhelmed for a player who came in with such high billing. He's had injuries, but I always thought this would happen at City. I don't think mentally he's ready for the challenges of the Premier League.
Manchester United: Michael Carrick
Twelve months ago, Carrick was the English Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets rolled into one, but he's been desperately poor this season.
Carrick wouldn't get anywhere near the England World Cup squad for me. In a very, very good team, short passes look like you're dictating play. But I've always thought he's overrated.
Newcastle United: Papiss Cisse
Cisse's competition with Demba Ba was great last season—inspiring both players to be at their best. But it's all fallen flat for Cisse this campaign. His goals have dried up, and he's been a huge disappointment.
Norwich City: Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
I honestly believe that, at 43, I would have scored more than one Premier League goal over the season for Norwich.
He can argue this and that, but Van Wolfswinkel's body language has been desperate. He's been the most disinterested striker I've seen for a long time.
Southampton: Victor Wanyama
Wanyama is such a big, powerful presence. He could be a Yaya Toure-type of player, scoring goals and running the show, but he's been a big letdown for Saints this season.
Stoke City: Wilson Palacios
I know he's had personal issues, but I expected Palacios to be at the heart of Stoke's midfield. He's been very disappointing for a player who could be an absolute beast in the Premier League.
Sunderland: Jozy Altidore
Is it possible to be worse than Van Wolfswinkel? Altidore is another whom I could have scored more goals than this season.
I remember seeing him play for the U.S. against Germany, and he was brilliant. That player has never been seen in a Sunderland shirt.
Swansea: Chico Flores
Swansea have a very open style based on keeping possession. Chico's and Ashley Williams' partnership was very good initially, but Chico has been found out this season.
If Swansea are going to kick on, I think they need to get another quality central defender in to replace him. I see mistakes galore coming from Chico.
Tottenham: Erik Lamela
Of Spurs' new signings, I could have picked Nacer Chadli, Paulinho or Roberto Soldado, but my vote goes to Lamela.
If you come in at £30 million as the next big thing, to have such a woeful season is just desperately disappointing.
West Brom: Victor Anichebe
Three goals in 11 starts for Anichebe, who hasn't come remotely close to filling the void left by Romelu Lukaku. He just hasn't done it at all for West Brom.
West Ham: Mo Diame
Diame has incredible ability to burst past players, shoot and create chances. He should be scoring double figures.
He can dominate, but he simply hasn't done it. Very disappointing.
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