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Premier League XI: Stars who failed to perform

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Valencia failed to improve on last season's displays.  (©GettyImages)
Valencia failed to improve on last season's displays. (©GettyImages).

Every year fans build up their expectations of their players and over the course of the season, it's soon clear whether those players have either lived up to or exceeded expectations or drastically let the fans down. 

Here are 11 players who flattered to deceive this season:

Goalkeeper: Adam Federici | Reading  

The Australian goalkeeper was arguably the best shot stopper in the Championship last year and was key to holding the Royals together during their late run which saw them take the title. 

However, he has looked faulty this year as he made numerous mistakes and was often outshone by reserve keeper Alex McCarthy.

Right-back: Maicon | Manchester City 

When you sign a Brazilian international for next to nothing you will assume you have got yourself a bargain. 

Maicon however has shown none of the pace or skill that saw him become one of the world's best right-backs and as such has failed to nail down a starting spot behind the consistent Pablo Zabaleta.

Centre-back: Christopher Samba | QPR 

The Hoops broke their transfer record in January and smashed their wage budget to bring the big defender to Loftus Road.

Fans genuinely thought he could lead them to Premier League survival. Unfortunately he has always looked fallible and gifted opposing players many soft goals.

Centre-back: Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal 

There was a huge void left at Arsenal after the departure of Robin Van Persie and the Belgian defender was handed the captaincy to take over from the Dutchman. 

Vermaelen has been poor all season making many mistakes which have seen him  become third choice centre-back behind the very impressive partnership of Pers Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Left-back: Beniot Assou-Ekotto | Tottenham 

After a sensational 2011-12 season, the Cameroonian was expected to press on and continue improving but he has instead substantially regressed.

Injured for a large part of the season, he hasn't regained any sort of form since and hardly contributed to a good season for Spurs.

Right-wing: Antonio Valencia | Manchester United 

Many thought he was the best right winger in the league last year and Ferguson even handed him the coveted number seven jersey at Old Trafford.

He only scored one goal and contributed a handful of assists last season so could be replaced this summer.

Centre-midfield: Joe Allen | Liverpool 

Brendan Rodgers clearly had a lot of faith in the young Welshman when he brought him with him from Swansea to Liverpool, but he has hugely let the manager down. 

It's hard to recall anything he has done and his stats of not scoring a single goal or claiming an assist prove that.

Centre-midfield: Jack Rodwell | Manchester City 

He was Roberto Mancini's big summer signing but has been hampered by his injury problems which are threatening to seriously derail his career. 

He has shown glimpses of quality in an otherwise dismal season for the young Englishman.

Left-wing: Scott Sinclair | Manchester City 

Another signing who has gone missing since making the step up to a big club. He was outstanding for Swansea last season and many thought his £6million move was a bargain

However, the most notable thing he's done is receive the tackle which sparked Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini's training ground bust up.

Striker: Fabio Borini | Liverpool 

The Italian had previously worked under Rodgers at Chelsea and Swansea. Rodgers clearly has faith in him and that led Liverpool fans to expect big things from the young man. 

Much to their disappointment, he has been injured almost all season and when he has played he has not been particularly good at all.

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor | Tottenham 

Spurs decided to invest in Adebayor after a very successful loan spell but he has not been able to repay their faith. 

He was sent off in the north London derby and missed the penalty that saw Spurs eliminated from the Europa League. 

 

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