Here is the EPL Flop 11 for the coronavirus affected, 2019-20 season
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool had a stunning season with 99 points, ending their long 30-year drought by lifting the English Premier League trophy. Many players among several teams had a good season individually, and helped their team to compete for different challenges. But there are quite a few players who did not live upto expectations, and had a disappointing season in the 2019-20 campaign bearing in mind their talent and transfer value. Here is the EPL Flop 11 for the coronavirus affected, 2019-20 season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK, Chelsea)
Both Manchester United’s David De Gea and Chelsea’s Kepa had a poor season. Although De Gea made some costly mistakes, latest coming in the Football Association Cup semi-final against the Blues at Wembley, my choice as keeper in this team would be Kepa. Chelsea conceded 54 goals in 38 matches and Kepa played in 33 of them with eight clean sheets. He was even dropped for the last game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. The stats make for grim reading for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
Joao Cancelo (RB, Man City)
Cancelo was signed by Manchester City from Juventus this summer for a heavy price tag of £60m. But the full back failed to impress in his debut season for the Citizens under Pep Guardiola as the defender played only 1,205 minutes in the EPL. No goals or assist from the Portuguese international in 17 appearances.
David Luiz (CB, Arsenal)
When Arsenal signed Luiz from Chelsea for just £8m early in the summer, it looked like a real bargain. But Luiz’s first season in the Gunners shirt was a rollercoaster ride. The Brazilian defender gave away five penalties this season, which is a record in a single campaign. A few solid displays but below average performance overall.
Toby Alderweireld (CB, Tottenham)
Tottenham Hotspur’s campaign was horrible in the early part of the season as they dropped to 14th position in the points table. After Mauricio Pochettino got sacked, Jose Mourinho took charge and slowly they turned it around by finishing sixth in the end. Spurs conceded plenty of goals, and one of their best defenders, Alderweireld was average compared to his standard. Spurs leaked 47 goals this season. The Belgian played in 34 matches and managed only seven clean sheets.
Diogo Dalot (LB, Man Utd)
The highly-rated full-back was signed by Untied in June 2018 with high hopes. The Portuguese full back got decent game time in the last part of 2018-19 campaign but failed to break into the playing XI in the 2019-20 campaign. He played only 65 minutes in the whole EPL season with just four appearances. Certainly not a good season for Dalot who was signed for £19m.
Paul Pogba (CM, Man Utd)
Pogba missed most of the season with injury and there were rumors flying around that the 2018 Russia World Cup winning French international could leave the Red Devils soon for fellow countryman Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid. Pogba played only 1,202 minutes this season in the EPL and registered only four goals and six assists. He was looking good in his partnership with Bruno Fernandes in the late stage of the season but his overall campaign was inconsistent.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM, Tottenham)
Spurs signed the talented Ndombele for a club record fee of £55.45m from Olympique Lyonnais. But the highly-rated midfielder had a poor season overall. He had a fair amount of game time under Pochettino but later fell out with new manager Mourinho. The French international only played 1,002 minutes for Spurs this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists.
Mesut Özil (CAM, Arsenal)
Ozil’s relation with Arsenal felt apart this season as he did not play initially under Unai Emery earlier in the campaign. Later, new coach Mikel Arteta gave him enough chance in the middle phase of the campaign but later he did not play any games again after the restart of the league due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The highest earner of the club only managed one goal and two assists from 1,439 minutes he played this season, which is pretty unusual.
Nicolas Pepe (LW, Arsenal)
Another high-profile signing of the season was Pepe. He signed for the Gunners for a club-record fee of £72m in August 2019 when Emery was in charge. But the winger could not match his high price tag with equivalent performance, and his team finished eighth in the campaign with no European football next season. Pepe played 2,004 minutes in this campaign, and scored five goals and gave six assists.
Joelinton (ST, Newcastle)
When a club like Newcastle United paid £40m, club-record fee, for Brazilian striker Joelinton then everyone thought he must have had something special. But the Brazilian was nowhere near his best as he scored only two goals and provided as many assists in the whole season for the Toons. Joelinton was involved in all 38 games in the season for Newcastle and played 2,678 minutes. Only two goals fail to justify the price tag.
Alex Iwobi (RW, Everton)
Everton splashed the cash for Arsenal winger Iwobi and the media reported that the transfer fee was £34m with potential add-ons. But the highly-rated winger had a very poor season for the Toffees as he scored only one goal in 25 games for Everton in the 2019-20 season. Iwobi played 1,591 minutes for Everton and scored only one goal, certainly not the kind of performance Toffees fans hoped for from an experienced EPL player.