The Barclays Premier League is one of the richest Leagues on the planet. It is no surprise that the amount of talent in the league is fairly high. A number of players for different teams at different ends of the table produce some brilliant performances and some star players fail to have the impact they would like on their teams.
Here is a list of 5 players who have failed to live up to their expectations in this season of the Barclays Premier League.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United):
The £31.0m transfer from PSV Eindhoven in the summer was supposed to be one of the main players for Louis van Gaal in this season’s title challenge. But the number 7 has not been able to bring out the performances that his manager would have expected off him. The winger started well in his first few games in the League and has scored 5 goals in all competitions for the club but has not provided the spark that is needed from him. He has slowly been replaced by the likes of Herrera and Martial and he will have to fight hard if he wants to be a regular in the team for the rest of the season.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea):
The most creative player from last season, Eden Hazard has been pretty awful this season. The manager, Jose Mourinho compared him to the likes of Ronaldo but the Belgian has rarely produced the moments of brilliance that he did ever so regularly last season. His form dipped so badly this season that he was eventually dropped from the starting line-up. Mourinho will be hoping that his most skill-full player in the squad can get his confidence back and can lift Chelsea from the horrific start they have had to the season.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United):
Louis van Gaal made some important decisions this summer and one of the biggest is handing the armband to club legend Wayne Rooney. The manager would have expected this move to lift the spirits not only of the player but also of the whole squad, but the idea has not really blossomed for the Dutch National. Wayne Rooney has played in several positions already this season but has failed to impress in any of them. He has scored 8 goals in all competitions for the club which includes a hat-trick in the Champions League but van Gaal and his team will need more support from his captain.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur):
After a sensational 2014-15 season which led to an England call-up, Harry Kane came into this season as one of the most in-form players. His calmness in the final third and his finishing prowess took Tottenham to 5th place last season and though Pochettino’s men have started this season on a high, Kane has not been so influential. He has however scored 7 goals in all competitions and has slowly grown in confidence but the front line for the Spurs can do with his spark which might lift Tottenham into the top 4 spot this season.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea):
The ex-Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas was in scintillating form last season when he racked up the highest number of assists in the Premier League. He helped Diego Costa ease into his debut season in England and found him numerous times to give Chelsea easy scoring opportunities. But this season, the Spaniard is yet to produce such moments of brilliance and has been a liability for the squad. He is not known for his defensive skills and this has left Chelsea a bit short at the back. He has also failed to produce the kind of game-changing performances he is known for which has left Chelsea at a very disappointing state going into the International break.