You may have seen the other day that the PFA announced their team of the year but here at Tales we are about much more than rewarding the best players, we like to criticise the worst one’s as well. So here is the alternative team of the year featuring the worst signings, players whose form from last season has dropped off a cliff and players who were just never that good anyway. In simple terms its Tales’ worst team of the year.
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo
Well, who else? Since arriving from Barcelona for £15 million the Chilean has been nothing short of a disaster for Manchester City. If a team has a shot on target against Bravo, it’s almost guaranteed to go in. Pep made a bold statement by booting Joe Hart and bringing in Bravo, but it’s one that has clearly backfired.
Left Back: Alberto Moreno
Few players make Liverpool fans as nervous as Alberto Moreno when he comes on. For a man who plays left back, he has literally no defensive awareness and his performance against Arsenal on the opening day was woeful. There is a reason why James Milner has been made into a left back this season and that is because Moreno cannot be trusted.
Centre Back: Joleon Lescott
How is this guy getting a Premier League move? Seriously it’s embarrassing. I had to have a Sunderland player in this team and I’m not sure anyone will mind me bashing Lescott so he goes in the team.
Centre Back: John Stones
To be clear there are plenty of worse centre-backs in the Premier League than John Stones. However, those centre backs did not have blockbuster £50 million moves in the summer. Since going to City Stones has not progressed at all and still seems intent on giving the ball away in dangerous areas at every available opportunity. Just kick it long John.
Right Back: Antonio Barragan
You might be wondering what Middlesbrough’s Antonio Barragan has done to earn a place in this worst 11. After all Boro’s defence is the one thing they have going for them. Barragan has however committed eight horrific sins this season. What are these sins? Foul throws. Seriously if you can’t take a throw in properly you are getting in this team.
Centre Midfield: Jack Wilshere
Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth was supposed to give the midfielder a chance to play regularly and work his way back into the Arsenal team. Unfortunately, he’s found himself behind Harry Arter and Andrew Surman in the pecking order. That is a massive failure for Wilshere who is of course now injured. I think it’s fair to say Jack’s career is on a downward spiral.
Centre Midfield: Moussa Sissoko
A lot of people were surprised when Spurs signed Sissoko for just under £30 million. Since he signed on he’s made 30 appearances, provided 4 assists and a grand total of 0 goals. Given how abject he was at Newcastle this really should not be a surprise to anyone. What Spurs were thinking giving the Frenchman another chance in the Premier League is a mystery.
Centre Midfield: Mesut Ozil
Ozil was fantastic last season and while he hasn’t been truly awful this season his form has dropped off a cliff and he just doesn’t look like he wants to play for Arsenal anymore. It was a choice between Pogba and Ozil, so apologies Arsenal fans.
Left Forward: Daniel Sturridge
The Liverpool striker was on fire just a couple of seasons ago alongside Luis Suarez but now he’s fallen behind Divock Origi in the pecking order. Sturridge has lost his pace and passion and has only scored six goals this season and it looks as though his time at Liverpool is coming to an end.
Right Forward: Saido Berahino
This man’s career has fallen off a cliff. He scored 0 goals for West Brom in the first half of the season and moved to Stoke for just under £12 million and is yet to find the back of the next. He’s also contributed 0 assists this season as well. Now that’s an awful season.
Centre Forward: Vincent Janssen
Brought into Spurs for nearly £20 million to back up Harry Kane it just has not worked out for the Dutchman, who was so good in the Dutch league last season. Janssen has scored 6 goals in 35 appearances, and most of those have been penalties. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but he’s been awful this season.
Well, that’s my worst team of the year. Unfortunately, I had to miss out Simone Zaza as he selfishly decided to leave the Premier League in January. I would love to hear your worst team of the year’s and if there are any glaring omissions that have to be in the team.