The 2012-13 Premier League season once again hasn’t disappointed with some thrilling action, matches and goals. There have been some top class performances from players from all clubs but for all the positives, there are some players who haven’t lived up to expectations.
Here are five of the players who I feel haven’t performed to the level they are capable of this season:
The mercurial Frenchman, who had a decent first season at Manchester City in 2011-12, seems to have gone backwards this season.
It was expected that he would push on and show some of the form which made City splash out £22million on him in the summer of 2011 but it just hasn’t materialized. He has been described as a ‘passenger’ in recent weeks for his lacklustre displays which have seen him spend a lot of the season out of the side. The decision to turn his back on Robin van Persie’s free kick in the final minute of the Manchester derby, costing City the game, saw him come under heavy criticism and this moment sums up his season.
City will be looking for the Frenchman to find his best form in the coming weeks as they look to rejuvenate their flailing title challenge.
When Manchester United purchased Kagawa for £17million from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, there was much hype surrounding him. He was signed to give United an extra option in midfield as he offered the guile and creativity that had been lacking in their midfield in recent years. Unfortunately, the Japanese international has so far failed to deliver the sort of performances which were expected of him at the start of the season. It seems he will need a bit of time to adapt to the English game and get used to the pace of the league. Picking up a knee injury in the Champions League clash with Braga didn’t help him but now he is back fit again he needs to show the sort of performances that made United splash the cash on him.
After scoring 18 goals for Tottenham last season on loan from Manchester City, they decided to purchase Adebayor permanently at the beginning of the season.
Since this deal, Adebayor has only managed to score 3 goals in all competitions and hasn’t produced anywhere near the level of performance he showed last season. He obviously has the talent and on his day can be unplayable but this season he has been overshadowed by the brilliant Gareth Bale and fellow striker Jermain Defoe. His late return from the Africa Cup of Nations summed up his attitude this season which has seen Adebayor produce some lazy performances. With Spurs looking more and more likely to be in the market for a new striker in the summer, Adebayor will have to up his game if he is to receive regular first team football at the club in the future.