Top 10: Premier League flops so far this season

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GiveMeFootball takes a closer look at those players who have failed to impress during the 2012/13 Premier League season, despite high expectations and in some instances, hefty price tags looming over their heads. But do you agree? Get in touch, leave a comment and let us know.

10. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Big things were expected from Danny Welbeck after his stellar performances during the 2011/12 season, with the 22-year-old striker having scored nine league goals and assisted four times in 23 appearances.

With the high-profile signing of Robin Van Persie in the summer transfer window, Welbeck's first- team opportunities have been limited this season, scoring just one goal in 15 appearances. Perhaps the Dutchman's form has hindered Welbeck's bid to cement his place in United's starting XI, but when he has featured for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, he has failed to replicate his form of last season.

9. Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland)

Stephane Sessegnon scored seven league goals last season - a decent tally for a player who primarily features in attacking midfield. But this season, the Benin international has come under- fire for some below-par performances, and the 28-year-old midfielder has been a shadow of his former self, managing just three goals in 21 league appearances.

With Sunderland struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, the Black Cats need Sessegnon to return to form as they bid to pull away from relegation danger.

8. Clint Dempsey (Tottenham)

Clint Dempsey was in prolific form for Fulham during the 2011/12 season, scoring 17 times in 37 games.

Such remarkable form prompted high-flying Tottenham to make a deadline-day move to bring the USA international to White Hart Lane, but the 29-year-old midfielder has so far struggled to reproduce his best form.

Dempsey, who has scored four goals in 16 league appearances this season, has been disappointing since signing for Andre Villas-Boas' side, but having so far failed to cement a regular starting berth, there is still time for Dempsey to win over the Spurs faithful.

7. Joe Allen (Liverpool)

Joe Allen left Swansea to be reunited with former manager Brendan Rogers at Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Allen, 22, won plaudits for his dominant displays in the heart of Swansea's midfield, but he has so far failed to justify his hefty price tag since his arrival at Anfield.

Brendan Rogers is overseeing a transitional period at Liverpool, with the club switching philosophy both on and off the pitch.

As the club adapt to their new and improved brand of football, perhaps Allen's performances will improve too?

6. Darren Bent (Aston Villa)

Darren Bent captained Aston Villa last season, scoring nine goals for the club in 22 league appearances.

Since Paul Lambert's arrival, the 28-year-old striker has been stripped of the captaincy and been forced to sit on the bench due to the emergence of summer signing Christian Benteke.

Bent has started only 10 league games this season, scoring just twice. With the England international unlikely to be content with watching from the sidelines, there has been a lot of speculation suggesting that Bent will seek pastures new in the January transfer window in search of regular first-team football.

Maybe a move could reignite the career of the former Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham and Sunderland forward?

5. Maicon (Manchester City)

Considered one of the best full-backs in world football at his peak, 31-year-old Maicon joined Manchester City after winning the treble with Inter Milan just two years ago.

It was expected that the former Monaco defender would be given a first-team place ahead of Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta upon his arrival, but the form of the Argentine stopper has consigned Maicon to a place on the substitutes' bench, with only five starts to his name in the Premier League this season.

Having signed for a reported £3million on deadline day, Maicon hasn't been bad value for money, but he has so far struggled to live up to his reputation.

4. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)

After the departure of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, Thomas Vermaelen was given the captain's armband in the Dutchman's absence.

The Belgian defender has performed admirably in the heart of Arsenal's defence since singing from Ajax, whilst the 27-year-old knows where the net is too, having scored six league goals in 29 appearances during the 2011/12 campaign.

However this season, Vermaelen's form has been well below the standards he's set himself, with a string of poor performances drawing criticism from some quarters.

Although the former Ajax defender has been asked to deputise at full-back on occasions this season, Vermaelen has struggled to reproduce the form that convinced Arsene Wenger to bring him to the Emirates back in 2009.

3. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)

The eccentric Italian had an impressive Euro 2012, scoring twice in the semi-finals against Germany and ending the tournament with three goals to his name.

The 22-year-old striker also notched 13 Premier League goals in just 23 appearances last season. But this time round, Balotelli has struggled for form and had a number of well-publicised run-ins with manager Roberto Mancini.

2. Julio Cesar (QPR)

Arriving from Italian heavyweights Inter Milan, Julio Cesar joined QPR at a time when it was expected the west London club would put their disappointing season behind them, and go on to finish somewhere in mid-table.

Despite boasting a number of high-profile players in their ranks QPR have failed to perform to their potential and sit bottom of the league with just 13 points.

Cesar has only kept one clean sheet all season, and has failed to produce the form that prompted former boss Mark Hughes to bring the Brazilian stopper to Loftus Road.

1. Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle United)

Papiss Cisse joined Newcastle from unknown German side Freiburg. He burst onto the scene by scoring 13 goals in 14 league appearances, including a stunning strike against Chelsea.

This season, Cisse has struggled to replicate that sensational form, finding the net just four times in 19 appearances. However, the 27-year-old striker has the opportunity to lead the line at St. James' Park once again, with Demba Ba having completed his January switch to Chelsea.

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