Tottenham and West Ham stars among five struggling to build on last season's form
After such an odd season came to a close, where Leicester were crowned Champions, the traditional table-toppers Chelsea and Manchester United ended up outside the top four and Tottenham actually qualified for the Champions League, there were many questions coming into the 2016/17 term.
What can Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte do to get their respective clubs back to where they belong? Can Leicester repeat last year’s feat? Will Spurs finally finish above Arsenal?
All of these are yet to be answered, however, while many fans questioned teams as a whole, others looked towards the individuals. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Granit Xhaka and Michy Batshuayi among the many big names joining the Premier League this year, fans wondered whether the new signings would change their fortunes.
A few players, such as Roberto Firmino, Eden Hazard and Heung-Min Son have hit a rich vein of form this term, yet many have failed to replicate their feats. With a lengthy list of under-performers to choose from, the five players named below are the ones who have been least impressive this term.
It may seem harsh to name a 19-year-old on a list of under-performers, yet a boy of his talent is capable of so much more than what he has offered this season.
With Ibrahimovic arriving, Rashford’s form was always set to go one of two ways. Either he thrived off the play style and experience the Swedish legend brought or he struggled for game-time as Mourinho favours Zlatan in his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Unfortunately for Rashford, and fans, the latter occurred. HE has appeared 11 times this season but has only completed 4 full games. The teenager has scored only three goals in the league while also having a poor 50% shot accuracy. The magic touch he had in front of goal last term seems to have left him.
Worse still, the all-time top scorer in the Premier League, Alan Shearer, has spoken about how “the time is not right for Marcus Rashford to lead United’s front line”, contradictory to many fans opinion that the Red Devils look better when the youngster starts, as oppose to Ibrahimovic.
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