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Ream, Neuer & Hendrick.

The 10 worst performing players in Europe's top 5 leagues based just on statistics

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Being a player in Europe's top five leagues is far from easy.

Top-level football on the continent is of the highest standard it has ever been and being a consistent success is something few players achieve.

We previously looked at the top 10 performing players based on statistics, with Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar leading the way.

But what about the other side of the coin, who's been the worst?

Well, we've checked the ever-dependable statistics on WhoScored and have filtered out the 10 worst rated players in 2018/19.

To make things a bit fairer, we've only included players who have played at least 1000 minutes of football this season.

Poor old Lys Mousset at Bournemouth is the lowest rated of all 1354 players at 6.02 out of 10, but the Frenchman has played just 195 minutes in 17 substitute appearances in the Premier League.

THE 10 WORST IN THE 1000 MINUTE CLUB

Table

At the time of writing, Fulham defender Tim Ream is the worst of the bunch, with the newly-promoted side possessing the worst defensive record in Europe's top leagues.

But the big surprise is Manuel Neuer in seventh ahead of Bayern Munich's Champions League tie with Liverpool.

While the Bavarians have been lacklustre at times this season under Niko Kovac, it's surprising to see a player of Neuer's ilk on the list.

Is he being let down by the shaky defence in front of him, or is he losing his goalkeeping powers?

Neuer speaks to the press

The German international missed a huge chunk of the 2017/18 season due to a serious foot injury, but made his comeback just in time for the summer World Cup.

However, he flattered to deceive out in Russia and the general consensus was that Die Mannschaft should probably have used Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen instead.

It does appear as if Neuer is in decline and Bayern will face a huge task in replacing the original 'sweeper keeper'.

Can he rediscover his form against Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino? You can't ever write off one of the true legends of the game.

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Niko Kovac
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Bayern Munich
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