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Premier League: Under-performing XI

Marin has been a peripheral figure at Chelsea (©GettyImages)
Marin has been a peripheral figure at Chelsea (©GettyImages).

As the Premier League approaches the final weeks of the season, we take a look at the worst signings of the season.

Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc | Southampton

Artur Boruc will be remembered from his Celtic days as a reliable shot-stopper, but since joining Southampton in the summer he has failed to hold down the No.1 position in goal and will be remembered for sarcastically applauding the Saints fans against Tottenham before throwing a water bottle in their direction. A very poor debut season.

Right-back: Maicon | Manchester City

Maicon arrived at Manchester City with over 200 appearances for Inter Milan and over 60 caps for Brazil. The energetic full-back had played under Roberto Mancini at Inter and had been a star performer but, since his move to City, Maicon has never really got going. With only seven frustrating appearances and falling down the pecking order behind the impressive Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards, Maicon's future at City looks bleak.

Centre-back: Javi Garcia | Manchester City

The transfer of Javi Garica seemed a sensible one, an ex-Real Madrid and Benfica utility player who is technically brilliant on the ball and can play in midfield or defence. Having scored a brilliant header on his debut against Stoke, it seemed City had landed the player they desired, but a string of poor performances followed and he has now found himself sitting on the bench in the past few months.

Centre-back: Adrian Mariappa | Reading

Former Watford captain, Adrian Mariappa was signed by Reading to provide the needed steal and stability for the Premier League. Though this has not gone to plan with Reading having the poorest defence in the league and looking likely to go down, it's safe to say the signing hasn't worked out in the way Reading had hoped.

Left-back: Alexander Buttner | Manchester United

Signed from Vitesse in Holland, Sir Alex Ferguson had brought in Alexander Buttner to push Patrice Evra for his starting position. Despite scoring on his debut against Wigan he has not featured in the Premier League since and is set for a loan move away in the summer.

Right-midfield: Scott Sinclair | Manchester City

Known as a journeyman after spending the majority of his career out on loan away from Chelsea, Scott Sinclair finally found his home at Swansea, scoring 19 goals in the 2010/11 season and leading Swansea to promotion. That was followed by an equally impressive season in the Premier League with the Swans, so it came as a surprise when he decided to join Manchester City. It seems everyone but Scott knew that he wouldn't feature much for the champions and he certainly hasn't. The tricky winger has played in seven games and, with no goals to his name, his days look numbered at City.

Centre-midfield: Jack Rodwell | Manchester City

Touted as a potential star at Everton, Jack Rodwell had shown signs that he could become a top player. And after a surprising summer move to Manchester City, Rodwell had the stage to show off his ability. With injury hampering his life at the club, Rodwell's progress is at a standstill and until he can over come his injury problems he will always remain a potential top player.

Centre-midfield: Nuri Sahin | Liverpool

After fending off interest from league rivals Arsenal, Liverpool signed talented midfielder Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid. Seven league appearances and one goal later, Sahin is now on loan with former club Borussia Dortmund. It's safe to say we didn't see the best of Sahin but for whatever reasons the transfer proved to be a complete disaster.

Left-midfield: Marko Marin | Chelsea

Marko Marin made a name for himself in Germany with some dazzling performances for Werder Bremen, leading Chelsea to splash a reported £6.5m on the young German. Marin became a regular during Chelsea's friendly matches in pre-season, showing a lot of potential. However, poor form and injury has stalled his season and Marin has only managed five league appearances this season.

Striker: Fabio Borini | Liverpool

A failure as a Chelsea youngster but quite good in the Championship with Swansea, ex-Swans boss Brendan Rogers raised a few eyebrows when he parted with £10m for Fabio Borini in the summer. Despite not showing much promise at all, Borini hasn't had a full crack at the Premier League after suffering a broken foot and a dislocated shoulder soon after his return, which has now ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Striker: Jay Rodriguez | Southampton

Having been prolific for Burnley last season, Jay Rodriguez got his chance in the Premier League by joining Southampton. Since arriving, Rodriguez has spent more time on the bench than on the pitch and with only three goals in 24 Premier League games he looks out of his depth for the time being. 

Subs: Park Ji Sung - QPR, Vernon Anita - Newcastle, Joe Allen - Liverpool.

Do you agree with this team? Are you surprised with the amount of Manchester City players? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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