When it comes to the Premier League, it's almost an annual occurrence that certain players will fail to show the sort of form that people expect of them.
The English league is naturally competitive and, for some, it can be described as the most fiercely contested in the world. So I suppose certain figures coming from abroad must be given considerations when it comes to settling in and taking time to find their feet.
However this year there has been a host of players who have been quite frankly disappointing in the way that they've conducted themselves- and that's including those who set the very same division alight last year.
So here we look at the biggest disappointments of this season...
Soldado, who cost Spurs a club record £26million, was the player I was most excited about during a summer of tasty transfers. But after a bright start it’s looking as though my faith has been misplaced.
It recently dawned on me that Soldado has only scored from penalties this season. He scored 59 goals over the past three seasons in Spain but if he doesn’t start scoring from open play soon then Spurs, who are pushing for a Champions League place, will have to look to the transfer window in January.
David Moyes’ deadline day decision to bring in his Belgian giant from Everton has backfired. When you compare Fellaini to former United midfielder’s such as Scholes and Keane you begin to see why the Red Devils will definitely struggle to win the title this season.
Not only does he not fit into United’s midfield, it’s becoming increasingly clear to see that Fellaini doesn’t even fit into a United shirt period.
Now at the age of 28, the once promising young talent has little time to establish himself before the World Cup next year. Moreover, Young has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season having fallen back in the pecking order behind Valencia, Nani and new kid on the block, Januzai.
His antics on the pitch have been disappointing if not disgusting. If he doesn’t start playing like the respectable, skillful and pacey player he once was at Villa then not only will he not make the team for Brazil but he might also find himself at a new club.
I hear Crystal Palace could do with a new winger… and a few penalties.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
The handsome Dutchman has done little this season to justify his club’s record signing of £8.5million. At his former club, Sporting CP, Ricky managed to score every other game but for Norwich he’s only managed to score once in eight games.
There is no doubt that Wolfswinkel has quality but it’s his quantity that has left Norwich lingering near the relegation zone. With a team spoiled with naturally gifted goal scorers Norwich may be better off starting Hooper or better still, Elmander.
Before his £22 million arrival to the Premier League Jovetic was the hottest prospect in Serie A. However, he has been used sparingly under Manuel Pellegrini and has only three appearances in the league so far.
With such fierce competition for a start in the first team from the likes of Aguero, Negredo and Dzeko, Stevan may have to look elsewhere for more first team action.
Navas is another Spaniard I put my faith in at the beginning of the season in the hope he’d score me some points on fantasy football. He’s done nothing. Even West Brom’s left back, Liam Ridgewell, has more points than him. In my opinion Navas is the fastest and most competent winger in the league, but his lack of contribution has forced me to reconsider that.
As much as it pains me to say this, I have come to realise that Downing is just a very mediocre player who just had a couple of above average seasons.
After years of waiting for Stewie to fulfil his potential I have concluded that he already had... at the age of 25. To think that at Downing’s peak, in 2008 at Middlesborough, Redknapp almost offered £15million plus Gareth Bale to acquire his services is mind-numbing.
West Ham seems the perfect place for Downing, whose best and only attribute is crossing, to see out his average career.
The name Anelka is a familiar name in English football and a menacing one for Premier League defenders. West Brom is now Anelka’s sixth Premier League team as he tries to add to his tally.
But at the grand old age of 34 and having scored none in his seven starts this season it should be time for Nicolas to start thinking about retirement.
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