When a season becomes as unpredictable as Premier League 2015/16 has been, there are bound to be some new heroes along with the obvious letdowns from the marquee players.
We are just 9 weeks away from a fitting finale to what has been the most remarkable EPL season ever. In a look back to the season, we present to you the five most criticized Premier League players this season.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
The Big Belgian stopper has come under severe pressure from the fans and to a degree from Jurgen Klopp for being poor in goal for The Reds. Mignolet’s stats do not make for good reading after he has made 5 defensive errors, while he has been responsible for 3 goals Liverpool have conceded this season.
To further compound the misery, Mignolet’s poor goalkeeping cost Liverpool their best chance of winning a trophy this season when he allowed Fernandinho’s poor strike to creep under him in the Capital One Cup final. Add to that, he failed to stop a single penalty in the shootout and Manchester City ended up winning the League Cup.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Another Belgian star who has come under huge criticism this season has been Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The 25-year old had come on the back of winning last season’s PFA footballer of the year award, and a lot was expected from him, however, he has failed to meet those expectations.
To make the matters worse, he has only scored 2 cup goals this season and is yet to open his account in Premier League. Hazard has shown some form in the recent games, but it may have been too little too late for the Belgian. Following his poor season, Hazard has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge next summer.
Daley Blind (Manchester United)
Louis Van Gaal has not Blind’s job easy by picking him throughout the last season despite his poor performances. Then he was slotted in central defense where he is yet to be accepted by United faithfuls.
Blind does not look like a defender by appearance and his obvious lack for pace makes him the least favorable to play in central defense. United fans are still getting to terms with their Dutch star, but that has not saved Blind from getting widely criticized by fans and the media this season.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Big money moves at an early age has its advantages and certain disadvantages. While Sterling bagged a whopping contract at the Etihad following his £49million move, his performance on the other hand was always going to come under the scanner.
Sterling has only managed 6 goals and 2 assists in 26 league appearances this season, which is no where near the numbers expected of a £49million player. After an indifferent start to the season, Sterling’s role in the City setup and his immediate future at the club has been questioned following Pep Guardiola’s imminent arrival.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Not long ago, Manchester United fans were suggesting Rooney to take retirement from the game or head to China following his goal drought earlier in the season. To Rooney’s credit, he did manage to weather the storm with a flurry of goals since the new year.
Those goals however have not helped the United skipper in getting over the criticisms he endured earlier in the season. His form after returning from injury will determine whether the United skipper remains at the club next season or decides to accept the lucrative contract offer from China.
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