The end of the Premier League season awards celebrate all those that have been successful in the campaign just gone.
We dish out trophies to champions, Golden Gloves to those who have kept the most clean sheets, Golden Boots to those who have scored the most goals, and name the Player of the Year and Team of the Year.
But we don’t think this accurately represents football and the Premier League.
What about the other end of the spectrum? What about the worst players of the season?
We can never imagine the Premier League calling out players who have been rubbish all season so we’ve decided to do it ourselves.
Using stats from WhoScored.com, we discovered the worst XI of the Premier League season just gone.
Harsh? Maybe. But we feel we have a duty to let you know the very worst players of the campaign. Because football isn’t all about winning.
If you don’t agree, don’t blame us. We’re simply using data from WhoScored.com. Also, a player had to make an ‘above average’ number of appearances this season (meaning they had to make more appearances than the average number of appearances made by every Premier League player).
So, without further ado, here is the worst XI of the Premier League season 2021/22:
Goalkeeper – Ben Foster (6.27)
The Watford goalkeeper conceded 49 goals in 26 Premier League appearances and could only keep four clean sheets all season.
LB – Ben Gibson (6.35)
Gibson played 28 Premier League matches for Norwich and, although he played centre-back, he’s capable of appearing at left-back. In those 28 games, his side conceded 57 goals as they finished rock bottom.
RB – Mads Roerslev (6.27)
The Brentford man made 12 starts and made nine substitute appearances during a promising season for the Bees. However, the 22-year-old Dane didn’t return particularly promising statistics in his debut Premier League campaign.
CB – Robin Koch (6.35)
Koch missed the start of the season due to an injury and only managed to make 17 starts and three substitute appearances. During those appearances, Leeds conceded 45 goals. Now, we’re not saying that’s purely Koch’s fault but he probably didn’t help.
CB – Pascal Struijk (6.36)
Struijk makes it two Leeds centre-backs – hardly surprising considering they conceded 79 goals in the league. Struijk was 0.01 better than Koch during his 22 starts and seven substitute appearances. He helped Leeds keep just three clean sheets in that time.
MC – Lukas Rupp (6.23)
Norwich signed Rupp in the summer for around £500,000 but will allow him to leave this summer. That’s after he made seven starts and 12 substitute appearances during a dismal season for Norwich. He failed to score or assist and appeared in just two victories – a four-minute cameo during the 2-1 win over Southampton and a 21-minute appearance in the 2-0 triumph over Burnley.
MC – Tom Cleverley (6.31)
The former Manchester United man made 20 starts and eight substitute appearances for Watford but could only contribute two assists.
MC – Shandon Baptiste (6.32)
Baptiste was signed from League One Oxford and the step up to Premier League football is a big one. Baptiste started nine games and made a further 13 sub appearances as the 24-year-old struggled for minutes. He did score during the 2-2 draw against Leeds back in December during a run of 12 consecutive appearances.
LW – Fabio Silva (6.09)
The worst player in the Premier League this season. The £35.6m signing started just six matches but made 22 appearances in total. He failed to register a goal or an assist in that time. Still only 19 but surely Wolves have wasted a lot of money on Silva.
RW – Andriy Yarmolenko (6.15)
It feels wrong to put Yarmolenko in this XI having made just one start all season. But did make another 18 substitute appearances so qualifies. Despite his lacklustre performances, he did produce one of the moments of the season with an emotional goal against Aston Villa just weeks after his native Ukraine had been invaded by Russia.
ST – Salomon Rondon (6.19)
Everton will be staying up but it’s not really any thanks to Rondon. He started eight matches and made 12 substitute appearances but could only score one goal and grab one assist in that time. In one spell between January and April, he played just seven minutes in 11 Premier League games, sitting on the bench throughout. His three-minute cameo after being sent off vs Brentford sums up his season.
The worst XI in full
There we have it in all its glory.
It wasn’t an ideal campaign for these 11 players and they will look to bounce back during the 2022/23 season.
But let’s give them a bit of credit. After all, they’re Premier League footballers and are good enough to be appearing regularly in the greatest division in the world.
It just didn’t go to plan for them this season…