10 players who have failed to be as impressive as they were last season


  1. Andre Schurrle:

The former Chelsea man was doing decent enough at Wolfsburg before Dortmund decided to sign him this summer. With the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic and Emre Mor being very impressive for the German side, Schurrle has failed to make a mark on the opportunities presented to him. He has made only seven appearances this season and will have to do much better to start regularly.

 


  1. Hatem Ben Arfa:

Ben Arfa’s form was resurrected last season with French club Nice which earned him a transfer to PSG. In comparison to the 17 league goals he scored last season, it is very poor that he has failed to score even a single goal this season in 20 appearances. His attitude has not been the best which may raise a lot of questions about his integrity.

 

 


  1. Stephan El Shaarawy:

The Italian was effective immediately after joining Roma in last year’s January transfer window. He scored eight goals in 16 matches and was creatively very effective for the Italian side. This season he has only managed three goals in 21 appearances, and also failed to create for his fellow teammates as consistency still remains a huge problem for the former AC Milan man.

 


  1. Nolito:

The Spaniard had a very good season with Celta Vigo last season which impressed the likes of Pep Guardiola resulting in a summer move to Manchester City. To his disappointment, Nolito has struggled to reach the level he would expect himself to and has had some good competition with the likes of Sterling, Sane and Gabriel Jesus which has deprived him of some regular game time.

 


  1. Grzegorz Krychowiak:

The Polish midfielder had a fabulous last season with Sevilla which earned him a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain taken over by new manager Unai Emery. Emery managed Sevilla before and wasn’t hesitant one bit to bring Krychowiak with him. To his disappointment, the move hasn’t proved to be that effective for the Ligue 1 side as Krychowiak has failed to make his presence felt in the midfield and struggled to appear for PSG in their last seven Ligue 1 matches.

 


  1. Ivan Rakitic:

The Croatian is a world class midfielder, and it was seen in his performances last season dominating the midfield and providing some fascinating passes. Come this season; the former Sevilla man has failed to exert that impact he had last season. He was benched for the crucial clash against PSG in the last 16 match of the Champions League as he struggled to find a spot in the starting XI this season.

 


  1. Riyad Mahrez:

It is safe to say that the Algerian has failed to reach the level at which he played last season which can be seen from Leicester’s position in the table. Mahrez used to score at least once in two games, but this season it has gone to like one goal in five matches. He has failed to take on and create as much he was able to do last season which has resulted in a poor season for him this season.

 


  1. Thomas Muller:

Last season was one of Muller’s best seasons as an individual scoring 32 goals. Come this season; the German attacker has failed to be effective in front of the goal. His shot accuracy has taken a huge dip from 61% to 37% which explains a poor and dry spell in scoring goals. It is shocking how Muller has the same number of goals per match as Philipp Lahm does.

 


  1. Jamie Vardy:

It isn’t Riyad Mahrez’s form alone that has affected Leicester City this season but also the form of Jamie Vardy. Vardy was a monster in front of the goal last season scoring 24 goals. In comparison to that, the English striker has already scored seven goals so far with less take ons and fewer shot accuracy this season.

 


  1. Mesut Ozil:

It was magical to see Ozil effortlessly create and assist his teammates in the first half of the last season. He was assisting for fun last season, but sadly for him and Arsenal, it has been the total opposite this season. He has struggled to create, creating one lesser chance per game than last season and more importantly, those chances haven’t been converted either.