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Premier League 2019-20: Worst XI of the season so far


With
just
a
few
days
remaining
for
the
first
half
of
the
Premier
League
2019-2o
season
to
end, FOX
Sports
Asia
 takes
a
look
at
the
Worst
combined
XI
of
the
season
so
far.

1.
Goalkeeper:
Angus
Gunn
(Southampton)

We
almost
chose
Kepa
Arrizabalaga
of
Chelsea
over
Angus
Gunn,
but
in
the
end,
Gunn
made
it
into
our
list.
The
Southampton
goalkeeper
played
in
ten
league
matches
this
season
so
far,
keeping
just
two
clean
sheets
with
a
save
percentage
of
just
54.5%.
Among
the
25
goals
he
conceded
in
total,
nine
came
against
Leicester
Cty
in
just
one
game,
helping
the
Foxes
equal
the
Premier
League
record
for
the
most
goals
in
a
game.

Gunn
has
in
fact
not
been
seen
since,
with
Alex
McCarthy
taking
his
place
between
the
Saints
sticks.

2.
Right-back:
Yan
Valery
(Southampton)

To
be
fair,
Angus
Gunn
is
not
the
only
person
responsible
for
Southampton’s
dismal
ongoing
run
in
the
Premier
League.
For
instance,
a
small
but
unavoidable
part
of
the
Saints’
defence
that
surrendered
meekly
before
Leicester
City
was
Yan
Valery.

In
fact,
the
Frenchman
was
subbed
off
after
70
minutes
during
the
Leicester
game,
when
the
score
read
7-0.
He
was
then
trusted
for
75
minutes
against
Manchester
City
as
well

but
without
any
success.
It
was
then
that
the
Saints’
manager Ralph
Hasenhuttl
finally
learnt
his
lesson,
as
Stuart
Armstrong
and
Cedric
Soares
are
now
more
preferred
by
him
at
right-back.

Before
he
was
dropped
from
the
first
team,
20-year-old
Valery
played
8
matches,
conceding
as
many
as
18
goals.

3.
Centre-back:
Michael
Keane
(Everton)

Having
re-established
himself
in
the
England
set-up,
Everton
defender
Michael
Keane
has
since
gone
backwards
in
terms
of
performance.
He
played
16
matches
so
far
during
this
Premier
League
season
and
conceded
25
goals

a
fairly
big
number.

Needless
to
say,
Everton
are
struggling
at
both
ends
of
the
field
and
also
had
their
former
manager
Marco
Silva
sacked
midway
through
the
season

but
despite
so,
though
their
defensive
struggles
are
rather
surprising
given
how
efficient
they
had
looked
at
the
end
of
last
season.

4.
Centre-back:
Jannik
Vestergaard
(Southampton)

Jannik
Vestergaard
of
Southampton
is
the
defender
who
has
been
dribbled
past
the
most
number
of
times
this
premier
league

and
if
that
does
not
prove
why
he
deserves
a
place
in
this
list,
we
don’t
know
what
will.

The
Denmark
international
is
going
through
his
worst
phase
till
date
as
a
premier
league
footballer

in
11
appearances
in
2019-20,
he
conceded
21
goals
and
blocked
just
a
single
shot.
He
was
also
a
part
of
the
Saints
team
that
got
blown
away
by
Leicester
City
in
the
game
whose
final
scoreline
read
9-0
in
favour
of
the
Foxes.

5.
Left-back:
Ashley
Young
(Manchester
United)

Ashley
Young
is
one
of
the
Manchester
United
players
who
have
disappointed
fans
the
most
this
season.
The
English
left-back
is
arguably
no
longer
a
player
who
is
suited
for
the
Premier
League,
as
his
slow
pace
and
diminishing
work
rate
make
him
a
poor
defender.

At
34
years
of
age,
he
is
not
getting
any younger
either
(kindly
excuse
the
pun).
It
is,
in
fact,
safe
to
say
that
Young
would
not
make
it
into
the
starting
XI
of
most
other
Premier
League
clubs
at
the
moment.

6.
Right
midfielder:
Granit
Xhaka
(Arsenal)

27-year-old
Granit
Xhaka
was
actually
at
fault
for
many
of
Arsenal’s
misfortunes
so
far
this
season.
The
Switzerland
international
is
prone
to
making
mistakes
in
passing
and
possession,
which
have
often
led
to
goals.

Not
to
mention
the
fact
that
he
also
mouthed
words
of
abuse
at
the
crowd
as
he
walked
off
the
pitch
during
a
Premier
League
game
in
October.
The
incident
has
left
a
sour
taste
in
the
mouth
of
Arsenal
fans,
and
many
are
not
willing
to
forgive
him
anymore.
Some
of
them
even
want
the
club
to
sell
Xhaka
during
the
upcoming
winter
transfer
window.

7.
Central
midfielder:
Christian
Eriksen
(Tottenham)

No
longer
Tottenham’s
best
player,
Christian
Eriksen
is
yet
another
unsurprising
entry
on
this
list.
The
2018-19
Champions
League
finalist
has
been
abysmal
in
the
Premier
League
so
far
this
season,
and
is
also
partly
responsible
for
his
team’s
poor
run
of
form.

There
are
rumours
that
Real
Madrid
is
interested
in
him,
so
maybe
it
is
just
that
he
is
not
interested
in
playing
for
the
Spurs
anymore.
However,
whatever
the
reasons
are,
one
still
cannot
deny
the
fact
that
the
28-year-old
is
a
part
of
this
list
despite
the
fact
that
he
should
not
be
here
given
his
talent
and
skill.

8.
Central
midfielder:
Jesse
Lingard
(Manchester
United)

Out
of
form
and
out
of
the
England
squad,
the
Manchester
United
midfielder
Jesse
Lingard’s
poor
run
of
form
has
been
well
documented
amongst
rival
fans,
if
not
the
Red
Devils’
own
supporters.

Lingard
has
failed
to
produce
a
single
goal
or
assist
since
December
of
last
year,
his
performances
having
dipped
immeasurably
in
2019.

Home-grown
status
and
a
high
work-rate
will
only
allow
the
26-year-old
so
many
chances,
and
unless
things
change
drastically
he
could
be
left
behind
for
both
club
and
country.
Recently
it
was
revealed
that
several
personal
reasons
including
the
poor
health
of
his
mother
distracted
him,
so
we
guess
it
is
fine
to
excuse
him
for
the
time
being
and
see
if
he
improves
during
the
second
half
of
the
Premier
League
season.

9.
Left
midfielder:
Che
Adams
(Southampton)

With
0
goals
from
13
appearances,
Che
Adam’s
ongoing
poor
run
of
form
is
one
of
the
main
reasons
for
Southampton’s
lack
of
success
in
the
Premier
League
this
season.

His
inability
to
hold
the
ball
makes
him
a
very
risky
element
for
the
Saints,
as
he
has
often
lost
possession
with
his
team
eventually
conceding
via
a
counter-attack.

10.
Forward:
Wesley
(Aston
Villa)

With
just
four
goals
from
31
shots,
in
18
appearances
so
far
Aston
Villa
in
the
Premier
League
this
season,
Wesley
has
not
yet
proved
that
he
is
worth
the €25million
which
Villa
spent
on
their
record
signing.

He
has
to
show
a
more
clinical
nature
in
front
of
goal
and also
show
more
composure
when
the
chances
to
score
come
to
him.
As
of
now,
he
lacks
both
and
has
also
missed
quite
a
lot
of
opportunities
so
far
this
season.

11.
Forward:
Nicolas
Pepe
(Arsenal)

Perhaps
the
player
on
this
list
whose
struggles
have
been
most
under
scrutiny,
Arsenal‘s
£72million
club-record
signing
Pepe
has
struggled
to
find
his
feet
since
moving
to
the
Emirates
from
Lille
this
summer.

The
24-year-old
finished
behind
only
Paris
Saint-Germain’s
Kylian
Mbappe
in
the
Ligue
1
scoring
charts
last
season,
but
has
so
far
only
found
the
net
twice

out
of
which
one
was
from
the
penalty
spot.

Big
things
have
been
expected
of
the
Ivory
Coast
international
following
his
much-anticipated
arrival
at
Arsenal,
but
he
is
yet
to
make
an
impact
and
many
fans
already
want
him
sold,
as
the
Gunners
finish
in
the
bottom
half
of
the
Premier
League
standings
for
the
first
time
since
1983.

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