Worst starting XI of the Premier League season so far

Worst starting XI of the Premier League season so far

The English Premier League has thrilled in the opening two months and so have some teams and players. 

Liverpool looks like the team to beat this season, picking from where they left off the last season when they came so close to winning the title.

Many of the star players have also been at their best in the opening weeks, with a few surprises sprinkled across the 20-team table. 

But just like there are good performers, some players and teams alike have been at their worst.

Tottenham and Manchester United lead the pack of top teams playing below their best, with some of their key players missing in action. 

We pick the worst performers of the English Premier League season so far in a traditional 4-2-3-1;

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Tottenham's poor season was worsened by Hugo Lloris injury last time out as they lost 3-0 away to Brighton. Spurs conceded 10 goals in a week, and the captain, who led them to the Champions League finals last season looks a shadow of himself.

In the first goal against Brighton, he spilt a long ball to Maupay, who easily tapped in from close range in one of the situations he could have dealt with in a clinical way. 

Center-back: Michael Keane (Everton)

Everton was considered among the mid-table teams that could disrupt the traditional top-six unit this season owing to their new signings and the team in general.

But the Marco Silva-led side has struggled and so has some of the top players. Keane has been poor at the back with his team losing four successive matches in the Premier League. 

Centre-back: Harry Maguire (Man United)

It might seem rather unfair to have Maguire on the team, but the Englishman has not met many of the fans' expectations. After a fine start to life at Old Trafford, the club's form has dipped and so has for some of the players.

Maguire was exceptional against Chelsea in the opening fixture but has since 'disappeared' with United sinking to 12th spot on the league with only two wins out of eight. 

Right-back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Everton's reliable captain Seamus Coleman was expected to lead the team from the back, but after two months, the Toffees are in the relegation zone with a single win. 

The Irishman has endured a torrid start to the season and was red-carded in their match against Burnley at Turf Moor. 

Left-back: Ryan Bertrand

The Saints lie 17th on the log after eight matches and the former Chelsea defender has been one of the poor performers. At 30, it seems his best years are way behind him and has little to offer. 

Central midfielder: Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton)

The former Manchester United has blown hot and cold many at times since joining the Toffees. He has never been the kind of midfielder that will wow people much, but his start to the campaign has been disastrous, to say the least.

Just like his captain, the Frenchman has seen red already this campaign (against Crystal Palace), further underlining his poor form. The team clearly misses Idrissa Gueye's hard tackling and immense energy to patrol the midfield. 

Central midfielder: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

The start of the season has been a bag of mixed fortunes for the Swiss captain. His Arsenal side is cruising in the League, and he was named the club captain.

All that, however, does not take away the fact that he has been poor in certain matches. The fans voiced their displeasure over his appointment and booed him during the 3-2 win over Aston Villa. Coach Unai Emery, however, defended him, labelling him 'very important'.  

Right-wing: Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)

Arsenal's new boy from Lille is yet to find his feet in England. The Ivory Coast international has started a few matches for Unai Emery, and despite showing flashes of brilliance, he hasn't given fans the one thing that lifted their expectations when he was signed; goals. He has only been on target once, from the spot against Aston Villa. 

Left-wing: Jesse Lingard (Man United)

Lingard's season has been troubled by injuries and has missed a couple of matches for Manchester United. His development has stuck and seems out of sorts whenever called upon by Ole Gunnar. And just like the rest of the United squad, he has been poor and is without a goal or an assist.

Attacking Mid Center: Miguel Almiron (Newcastle Utd)

Just like the Newcastle team, Almiron has struggled to find the back of the net and remains goalless in the current campaign. The Paraguayan has not lived to many of the Magpies' expectations, and going 15 games without a goal is clearly starting to affect him. He has wasted countless chances to score, in particular against West Ham in September. 

Striker: Marcus Rashford (Man United)

Rashford has been played as a central striker at the Old Trafford side, and after grabbing a brace on an opening day against Chelsea, the Englishman has since gone missing.

He was supposed to replace the departed Romelu Lukaku, but clearly he has not been up to the task as the team has managed a paltry nine goals, with four of those coming in the match against Chelsea on opening day. It's no surprise that Ole Gunnar is keen on adding a striker in January to help solve the issue. 


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