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The Premier League Underwhelming XI of the season

A starting XI comprised of the players who subverted expectations and played so far beneath their potential.

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Top 5 / Top 10 18 May 2018, 01:51 IST
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Watford v Newcastle United - Premier League
This season has had its share of players who grossly underperformed

With the Premier League season done and dusted, a few teams will be happy with how they performed, and an equal number will be disappointed with the way their fortune unfolded.

Either way, it is time to focus on the next season at hand, and the preceding summer transfer window to strengthen their squads.

Across the competition, there were a few players who turned out to be disappointments for their fans and managers, whether it was a question of age catching up to them, or injuries hampering their form, or simply them being not good enough to cut it.

The term 'underwhelming' is highly subjective and depends a lot on the manager as well as the players in the system. Only players who have started a minimum of 10 games have been picked in the squad, as it is a good enough number to showcase their potential.

That being said, here's a look at the Premier League Underwhelming XI for the season 2017/18:


Goalkeeper:

Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League
The veteran keeper's fall from grace has been painful to watch

While it cannot be denied that Petr Cech is one of the finest goalkeepers to play in the PL, but time has finally caught up with him.

Gone are the days when he was a rock in front of goal that few strikers dared to pass, and instead he is a mere shadow of his incredible years at Chelsea.

The veteran keeper kept only 11 clean sheets in his 34 games for the Gunners, conceding 45 goals in the process.

A lot of it can be attributed to a below-par season for the club as a whole, especially in defense. But voices are being raised to replace Cech in goal next season, and understandably so.

Compare this stat to last year, when he kept 12 clean sheets in 35 games while conceding only 35 goals, or to the 2015/16 season when he had 16 clean sheets in 34 games while conceding only 28 goals, and his fall from grace is evident.

At 35 years of age, he is on the verge of being sidelined for a younger keeper and with the change in regime at Arsenal, it could happen sooner than expected.

Whether he will serve his time out from the sidelines as a morale booster, or move on to lesser leagues remains to be seen.

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