Euro 2020 Special

Premier League: Top 5 Most Disappointing Players This Season

Expectations are always part of the game especially if you play in top-level tournaments like the Premier League.

Here at SBOTOP, we previously shared our list of the top signings of the 2020/21 season as these footballers played within or above their pricetags. However, we will discuss the ones who have failed to meet our expectations this time around.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

After establishing himself as the top hitman for Arsenal last term, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a massive dip in his form.

The Gabonese striker scored 29 goals in all competitions last season, which was good enough to be one of the top candidates for the Golden Boot trophy. But that pressure may have taken its toll and fitness issues didn’t help as well.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffered multiple injuries to his calf and that affected his pace and finishing. And last April, the 31-year-old contracted malaria which sapped his energy and strength to a large degree.

A consistently healthy Auba would’ve made a huge difference for Arsenal’s Premier League 2021 odds as they’re having a lacklustre season once more, failing to make it back into the Europa League finals while placing only ninth in the Premier League table.

This will be the first time that the Gunners won’t take part in any European football for 25 years and they are in dire need of an overhaul in order to add life to Mikel Arteta’s ailing tenure at the helm.

Aymeric Laporte

It wasn’t too long ago when Aymeric Laporte was considered as the second-best centre-back in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. However, this term, the Frenchman may not even crack into the Top 10.

The former Athletic Bilbao defender has been dogged by injuries and fitness problems which limited his starting appearances for Manchester City this season, opening more minutes for the likes of Ruben Dias, John Stones, and Nathan Ake.

Dias and Stones have formed one of the Premier League’s best centre-back pairings, making Laporte a mere surplus as of the moment. The said duo has been a huge reason why Manchester City are champions for the third time in the last four seasons.

The good news for Aymeric Laporte is that he is about to enter into this prime at 26 years old. After a disappointing 2020/21 season, expect the Frenchman to do much better next year.

Adama Traore

When Diogo Jota left for Liverpool and Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull, many have thought that Adama Traore will be the one stepping up for the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

However, with only three goals and two assists as of this writing, it’s safe to say that Traore has failed to make the most out of his opportunities for the Wolves.

The Spanish winger is quite the physical specimen since he is gifted with a ton of strength and speed, and that leaves us to wonder why he is not creating many Premier League 2021 highlights.

His subpar production definitely won’t cut it for Nuno Espirito Santo  and he’ll need to perform much better moving forward if the Wolves have plans to make it back to Europe next season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold joins those players who failed to impress this year’s Premier League campaign
Trent Alexander-Arnold looking dejected during a Premier League match

Trent Alexander-Arnold was once hailed as the best right-back in England given his uncanny ability to defend and provide overlapping runs to support the attack.

However, it has been a difficult season for the 22-year-old wunderkind as Liverpool couldn’t recreate their championship form back in 2020. Alexander-Arnold even contracted the coronavirus earlier this term, which has affected his form and conditioning.

It got so bad for TAA that Gareth Southgate omitted him from the English national team in favour of Reece James, Kieran Trippier, and Kyle Walker.

After failing to meet the very high bar that he set for himself before, the speedy full-back will certainly have enough motivation to prove doubters wrong next season.

Kai Havertz

Chelsea expected Kai Havertz to be a game-changer when they gave him a £70-M contract last summer. But after playing brilliantly for Bayer Leverkusen last season, the midfielder struggled to find his place in the Premier League.

Then-manager Frank Lampard had to bench Kai Havertz on several occasions in favour of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic since the German had yet to adjust to the physicality and pace in England.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s arrival rejuvenated his Blues career along with Timo Werner’s given that they are at the brink of winning it all in the Champions League. Furthermore, Havertz just turned 22 years old and he certainly still has the benefit of time on his side.