5 most unpredictable players in world football currently

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#3 Martin Braithwaite | Barcelona

Denmark and Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite.
Denmark and Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite.

A little over four years ago, Martin Braithwaite was at Middlesbrough, who were then in the Premier League. He was relegated with them before joining CD Leganes. Somehow, in 2020, Braithwaite suddenly found himself leading the line for Barcelona.

The Catalans used a rather unjust La Liga clause to sign the Dane from Leganes, ultimately resulting in the latter losing their top-flight status. Braithwaite has since been the epitome of inconsistency at the club, but you can hardly blame him because he's been thrown into a situation well beyond his control.

Braithwaite was generally bright for Denmark at Euro 2020 as they made it to the semi-finals of the tournament. However, he managed just one goal in six matches. Similarly, Braithwaite began the 2021-22 league season by netting a brace and collecting an assist on Matchday 1 for Barcelona. But he struggled and put in a couple of below-par performances in the next two La Liga matches before being sidelined due to an unfortunate injury.

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#2 Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich

Serge Gnabry in action for FC Bayern München.
Serge Gnabry in action for FC Bayern MΓΌnchen.

A tremendously talented player, Serge Gnabry was one of the lynchpins of Bayern Munich's iconic treble in the 2019-20 season. However, he has since struggled to match that hype on a consistent basis.

Gnabry recorded 23 goals and 14 assists in the Bavarians' tremendous 2019-20 campaign and scored numerous important goals. There were obvious concerns about his ability to sustain such levels of performance in subsequent campaigns and many can see why. Gnabry managed just 11 goals in 38 appearances during the 2020-21 campaign and looked off-color quite often.

The 26-year-old also made close to no impact at Euro 2020, neither scoring nor assisting across four matches. But rather than the decline in output, it is also the nature of Gnabry's performances that makes him a presence on this list. The German has often been indecisive and seems to lack the precision and vigor that made him almost unplayable a few years back. The unpredictability of his performances have undeniably affected Bayern's results as well.

#1 Adama Traore | Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore.
Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore.

Few in the Premier League boast the natural robustness and physical attributes of Adama Traore. On his day, the Spaniard is virtually unplayable with his pace and instant acceleration.

Yet, Traore is his own worst enemy. The forward, despite boasting over three years of experience in the Premier League, still struggles to finish chances and often chooses the wrong pass after beating multiple defenders with his dribbling. Traore's brilliance on the field was particularly visible during the 2019-20 campaign when he formed a fearsome partnership with Raul Jimenez.

13. Adama Traore > Raul Jimenez was the most frequent assist > goalscorer combination in the Premier League during 2019-20 with 7 goals.Adama 🀝 RaulVia @WhoScored

The winger managed 12 assists and six goals in 54 matches that season and troubled virtually every defender in the league. But Traore has since returned to his lack of awareness in the final pace and that continues to keep him from reaching the higher echelons he is capable of. The level of inconsistency Traore has displayed over the years is worrisome and very possibly one of the reasons why the La Masia graduate isn't presently plying his trade in Catalonia.

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