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Premier League: Most under-performing teams of the season

Liverpool & Newcastle both have room for improvement. (©GettyImages)
Liverpool & Newcastle both have room for improvement. (©GettyImages).

The Premier League is full of world-class talent. And as the tables have shown this season, there is world-class talent from the very top to the very bottom. 

Some teams promised so much at the start of the season. Whether they were building on the success of the previous year or spending big in the summer, some clubs looked like their ambition would drive them up the table.

However, for these four clubs it wasn’t to be and each have underperformed this season.

We take a look at where it went wrong for them and where they can look to improve for the 2013/2014 season.

Newcastle United

After installing faith on the Toon with European qualification last season, Alan Pardew seems to have fallen apart this season. With the loss of Demba Ba to Chelsea, seemingly heading the spear for the Magpies demise. They just haven't got going. However, with an influx of French talent again this term, it's hard to see why.

At full strength, Newcastle can field one of the most exciting midfields in the Premier League. With players such as Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux and Cheick Tiote to choose from. 

They have a deadly mix of flair, bite and creative genius that could trouble any top table team. If Papiss Cisse can find his form of last season, they have a real chance of climbing the table back to European contention next season.

Liverpool

After finishing outside of the top four for the last four seasons in a row, the once heavy weights of English football are undoubtedly underachieving.

But with the addition of Philippe Coutinho in midfield, Liverpool are starting to look like the force of old. With his creative instincts, Steven Gerrard's captaincy and Luis Suarez's inability to miss in front of goal, they look to be setting aim for the Champions League once again.

Danny Sturridge has proved to be an inspired signing from Chelsea, and with the addition of a classy centre-back, Liverpool's underachieving side could propel themselves back to where their fans believe they belong next season, in Europe's elite.

Chelsea

With the players at Chelsea's disposal, they simply have to be looking at a title charge next season.

The west London club are currently boasting one of the best Premier League teams on paper, with the likes of: Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Demba Ba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, John Terry, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Petr Cech, to name but a few. They have all the ingredients to launch a title campaign in 2013/2014. 

Experience, youth, creative players, goal scorers, defending stability and a world class goalkeeper. They should be disappointed with anything but, a charge for the top spot next season.

Queens Park Rangers

Although QPR are already confined the pits of relegation there seems little reason to doubt why they can not bounce back up next season. Looking at the team they field each week, manager Harry Redknapp must be wondering what he's doing wrong.

French international, Loic Remy fronts the line for the R's, and with support coming from the likes of Adel Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Esteban Granero and Junior Hoillet they still somehow manage to lack enough goals to see teams off. 

With defenders such as Christopher Samba, Jose Bosingwa, Nedum Onuoha and Fabio Da Silva, and a Brazilian international goalkeeper in Julio Cesar, they still manage to concede too many.

With the players they have to field, and the strength and depth of experience on the bench, with the likes of Robert Green, Jermaine Jenas and Clint Hill, it would be no surprise in seeing QPR in the top half of the table, let alone the bottom two. 

It's clear that these teams will have much higher aspirations for the 2013/2014 campaign. As for the teams surrounding them, they will have to accommodate for such surges in form, and bite back themselves.

This will undoubtedly make for another very exciting season come 17th August 2013.


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