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Premier League: Five underachievers 2012/13

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Graham has struggled to settle in at Sunderland (©GettyImages)
Graham has struggled to settle in at Sunderland (©GettyImages).

Some players move to a new club with a huge reputation and a pressure on their shoulders to deliver.

Whilst the majority of them step up to the plate, there are certain players who fail to reach the heights expected of them.

Here are five players who have struggled to impress this season: 

1. Fabio Borini 

The Italian under 21 International was Brendan Rogers’ first signing as Liverpool manager, costing a reported £11 million from Roma. The club had big expectations for him, hoping he would make a reasonable goal scoring contribution to Liverpool’s ambitions of qualifying for Europe.

However his first season on Merseyside has been plagued by injuries and he has failed to establish himself as a regular in the Liverpool team, scoring only one league goal all season.

2. Scott Sinclair 

After a sensational season with Swansea last term, Sinclair was lured to the riches of Manchester City; despite speculation that he would renew his contract with the Swans. Having completed an £8 million move in August, he has spent the majority of the season sat on the bench; with cameo substitute appearances occasionally granted. He has struggled to impact on a midfield that has the likes of Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia in it, and may regret the decision to leave south wales. In doing so he missed the chance of playing in the Carling cup final at Wembley.

3. Alexander Buttner 

The Dutch left back was bought from Vitesse Arnhem as a long term replacement for Patrice Evra but he has not managed to step up to the plate; in the shadow of the Frenchman. Although recently impressing against Sunderland, he has not done enough over the course of the season to convince Sir Alex Ferguson that he deserves a regular place in the team. Worse still, Evra still looks like he has a few more years in the tanks and he will not willingly give up the position he has made his own.

4 Danny Graham 

In order to relieve the burden on top scorer Steven Fletcher, Sunderland spent £5 million on Gateshead born Danny Graham; during the January transfer window. However the striker has struggled to settle into life on Wearside and is yet to register a goal for the Black Cats. Too often he has floated in and out of games without making much impact, and the Newcastle supporter is already facing a battle to endear himself to the Sunderland faithful.

5 Joe Cole 

The return of Joe Cole to his beloved West Ham United was seen as an ideal way to rebuild his shattered Premier League career. He immediately made an impact, scoring one goal and creating another in the Hammers cup tie against Manchester United. However he picked up an injury at the start of March and has not featured since for Sam Alladyce’s side. He is a great talent but he has been blighted with injuries throughout his career.

 

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