Each Premier League Side's Biggest Flop of 2015/16 Season

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2016

Each Premier League Side's Biggest Flop of 2015/16 Season

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    We recently looked at each Premier League team's biggest hit of the 2015/16 Premier League season, but where's the fun in that?

    No, it is much more interesting to look at the players who have underachieved, either through a lack of motivation or the simple fact of just not being good enough.

    There are many elements that go into making a flop, with expectation and price tag among them, but who has been each side's biggest disappointment this season?

    Some of these are harsher than others, but here we go.

Arsenal: Theo Walcott

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    Harsh? Probably, but there is an increasing exasperation with Theo Walcott's Arsenal career that makes his inclusion on this list understandable.

    In a season in which Olivier Giroud has blown hot and cold and Danny Welbeck was out injured for a long time, Walcott had an opportunity to establish himself as Arsenal's first-choice centre-forward, something he has apparently wanted to do throughout his 10-year Gunners career, per ESPN FC.

    It is an opportunity that has passed him by.

Aston Villa: Alan Hutton

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    Where do you start here?

    The real villains of this Aston Villa horror show have been the people at the top of the club who have overseen a managed decline. But on the pitch, there have been no shortage of candidates for their flop of the season.

    It could be anyone, but for his comedic part in plenty of the many goals Villa have conceded in the Premier League this season (58), let's go with right-back Alan Hutton.

Bournemouth: Tokelo Rantie

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    It's tough to pick anyone from Bournemouth, whose fine debut season in the top flight sees them 12 points above the relegation zone as the campaign enters the final bend.

    It has been an amazing team effort to reach this point, but one man who hasn't really contributed has been the South African forward Tokelo Rantie, who has played six times this season without troubling the scoresheet.

Chelsea: Eden Hazard

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    Has a reigning Premier League Player of the Season ever had such as drop-off in form as the one Eden Hazard has experienced this term?

    Kicking off the campaign, the Belgian was playing for reigning champions Chelsea and widely regarded as the best player in the division, but he's endured a hugely underwhelming season and has bizarrely failed to score a single league goal in 2015/16.

Crystal Palace: Marouane Chamakh

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    Crystal Palace's season has got worse the longer it has gone on, but Marouane Chamakh's has just been bad from the beginning.

    The former Arsenal forward has had his injury problems, but his overall record for the campaign reads no goals in 12 games. That's enough to earn a place on this list.

Everton: Tim Howard

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    It had been building up for a while, but this was the season when Everton supporters lost their patience with goalkeeper Tim Howard, a brilliant servant for both the Blues and the U.S. national team but a player who has been in decline for the past year or so

    Surpassed as Everton No. 1 by Spaniard Joel Robles, Howard will return to the States in the summer to join the Colorado Rapids.

Leicester City: Nathan Dyer

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    Do we have to pick someone from Leicester City? It has been such a staggeringly brilliant season for the Foxes it almost feels wrong to have to single out one of their players for criticism.

    No team is exempt from this, though, so we'll have to go for the winger Nathan Dyer, who would have expected to be joining a team battling away at the foot of the table when he moved to the Foxes on loan from Swansea City in the summer, but he has instead struggled to make an impact with the title favourites.

Liverpool: Christian Benteke

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    When you arrive as a £32.5 million forward and end up struggling to get into the team come the middle of the campaign, then the word "flop" is going to be used.

    In fairness to Christian Benteke, his failure to adapt to life at Liverpool isn't entirely his fault, with the departure of the man who signed him, Brendan Rodgers, just two months into the campaign having a big part to play. The Belgian has been unfortunate, but it looks like it's not going to work out for him.

Manchester City: Wilfried Bony

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    Formerly a deadly, daring forward at Swansea City, Wilfried Bony has never been able to consistently repeat that form since moving to Manchester City in January last year.

    The Ivorian simply doesn't seem suited to City's style, and with Pep Guardiola likely to have his own targets in mind when he arrives in Manchester in the summer, Bony's time at the Etihad Stadium looks to be running out.

Manchester United: Bastian Schweinsteiger

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    Another player who has been unlucky with injuries, Bastian Schweinsteiger has failed to show his undoubtedly world-class qualities since swapping Bayern Munich for Manchester United in the summer.

    The World Cup winner appears to be around half a yard off the pace—and that's being kind—and while he would have been an undoubted superstar in the Premier League had he joined in his prime, he has left United fans feeling a little short-changed.

Newcastle United: Moussa Sissoko

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    One of Newcastle United's best players last season and a key reason why they didn't get relegated, France international Moussa Sissoko's form has completely deserted him in 2015/16. He almost looks like a passenger as they struggle near the foot of the table.

    His disappointing performances haven't gone unnoticed by the Newcastle faithful, either, with supporters perhaps suspecting the former Toulouse man has one eye on the exit door.

Norwich City: Cameron Jerome

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    The many faults of others could mean Norwich City stay in the Premier League, but approaching life back in the top flight with Cameron Jerome as first-choice forward was always a risk.

    As in previous campaigns, Jerome has shown that he doesn't quite possess the quality to be a regular scorer in the Premier League, and he's hit the net just three times all season, the last of his goals coming in December.

Southampton: Juanmi

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    A year ago, Malaga forward Juanmi was starting for Spain in a friendly international against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. It would be safe to say it would be a shock if he ended up anywhere near their UEFA Euro 2016 squad.

    The 22-year-old has struggled since joining Southampton for £5 million last summer, failing to score in 19 appearances in all competitions. An international recall has unsurprisingly eluded him.

Stoke City: Mame Biram Diouf

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    Another tough call as Stoke City have had a largely impressive season, but in that campaign we've seen the gradual reduction of Mame Biram Diouf's importance to Mark Hughes.

    The former Manchester United forward recently scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, but that was his first goal since September. The 28-year-old might soon be looking elsewhere for first-team football.

Sunderland: Jeremain Lens

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    There are plenty of contenders for the crown here, but summer signing Jeremain Lens grabs it ahead of some pretty stiff competition.

    The Dutchman has managed just three goals this campaign, with the best one of those coming in a clash against West Ham United in which he was the promptly sent off. That kind of sums it up for him.

Swansea City: Bafetimbi Gomis

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    He scored four goals in his first four games of the season as Swansea City started with two wins and two draws, but then the wheels came off for both the club and the centre-forward.

    Bafetimbi Gomis has scored just twice in 26 appearances since, and with a maddening ability to be consistently caught offside, he has spent the campaign causing Swans fans to frequently pull out their hair.

Tottenham Hotspur: Clinton Njie

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    As with a few clubs here it is harsh to dig out any Tottenham Hotspur player given it has been an excellent season for Mauricio Pochettino's side, but one man who hasn't quite hit the ground running in the summer signing Clinton Njie.

    Injuries have restricted his involvement, but in his 13 appearances, he failed to do anything memorable. With Spurs likely to be shopping for Champions League-level players in the summer, he could face a fight to hold onto his place in the squad.

Watford: Jose Holebas

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    Again, it is a tough call to identify a worst performer for Watford, who have steered clear of relegation trouble all season and pulled off some hugely impressive results.

    The 31-year-old Greek defender Jose Holebas, though, hasn't quite been a similar success story, playing just 11 times and sometimes upsetting the balance of manager Quique Sanchez Flores' team.

West Bromwich Albion: Rickie Lambert

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    Rickie Lambert might sometimes wonder what would have happened had be never left Southampton for Liverpool in the summer of 2014, as ever since his top-flight career has somewhat tumbled away, along with his international ambitions.

    Since joining West Bromwich Albion in the summer, the burly forward has featured 24 times but has scored just one goal, a penalty in a home defeat to Leicester City in October.

West Ham United: Victor Moses

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    West Ham United have had a great season, but Victor Moses' contributions to it have been minimal during what is a third loan spell in the last three seasons.

    The winger has been OK in fits and starts, but he's been outperformed by some of the Hammers' star players this season as Slaven Bilic's men have been hugely impressive.