The Premier League has been filled with the ups and downs of both the league and the players. The most interesting being the players. The players might be new faces to the club or even old faces, but they have not done what what the world expected of them. They might have not been in the form they once were or they haven't reaped their talents.
In this article, we take a look at some of the players in the Premier League this season who should have conquered, but got conquered by pressure,fear, lack of confidence and maybe even lack of form.
Acquired from Juventus, Poulsen was recruited to fill in the shoes of of the midfield maestro, Javier Mascherano. The Dane hasn't played up to expectations, in fact, he has been far from it. He gives away passes unnecessarily and is often beaten by strikers with ease.All these negative attributes are all aided by his lack of pace.
The return of Dalglish has brought praise on him by the coach, after a few decent performances recently.
Rosicky has just not been himself. The Czech captain has totally been off form. He barely keeps possession and wastes a lot of passes. Even in games where Arsenal plays extremely well, Rosicky still remains unseen in the game.
Despite the confidence he has from Wenger, Rosicky still can't find the magic feet he once had and this may put him in the transfer market.
I don't comprehend why Wenger hasn't sold him. He has certainly proven to everyone that he just isn't as good as people thought he was. He has nothing to offer to Arsenal.
He is a defensive midfielder who doesn't know anything about managing the midfield. All he has been doing is wasting passes and slowing down counter-attacks. If Arsenal don't want to sell him, then they can give him away on a long-term loan deal. He is blocking the development of other players .
Before I criticize Mikel, I have to criticize the person who was responsible for his failure. If there was one flaw in Mourinho's stay at Chelsea, it was converting Mikel to a defensive midfielder. It might not have been a problem to him, but it will certainly haunt Mikel for the rest of his career. No one will believe that in 2005, Mikel was being compared to Messi. Some even believed he was better.
That was then, but now, Mikel is nothing. All his skills are gone, his creativity is unused and his eye for goal has been blinded. The only time I see hope in Mikel is each time he plays for his national team, Nigeria. He shows glimpses of his former self only when he wears that green jersey.
After his move to Liverpool, Joe Cole hasn't been impressive. His playing time is always marred by injuries and he can't do much with his little playing time. He even got sent off in his debut game. Certainly, that's not a good way to start a new career.
Frankly speaking, I don't see Joe Cole coming back from this slump.