By Craig Pearson on August 15, 2014
There are always athletes in every sport who, for one reason or another, always tend to disappoint, and things are no different in the English Premier League. There can be a host of reasons for players not performing to the level of expectations, from attitude, injuries, age, lack of discipline or even just being overrated. Here are 10 players who are sure to disappoint in the upcoming 2014-15 Premier League season.
Mauro Zarate was a new signing for West Ham United this offseason, and the West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce, will be hoping to bring out the best in the talented Argentine. And Zarate does have a ton of talent, more than the average player for sure. But with all that talent, why does he still get passed around from club to club? Zarate has the ability to be a standout player in the Premier League, but history tells us that he just won't be.
Joe Cole was one the most exciting attacking players in the mid-2000s, but his recent years have seen him slump to being an impact player pretty much. The move to Aston Villa this summer will hopefully revitalize Cole and bring his ability back to the surface again, although at 32, his time in the sport is obviously running out.
Jack Rodwell has had a rough two seasons at Manchester City, mainly due to injuries more than anything else. The City medical staff tried everything from special pillows to special car seats to try and keep Rodwell healthy, but none were successful. Rodwell has now joined Sunderland in the hopes of a fresh start and to kick start his career. But unfortunately Rodwell is never too far from an injury, and this season will be no different.
Adam Johnson is another player who had an unsuccessful spell with Manchester City recently, although given some of his performances at Sunderland in the past year, you can see why that was. Johnson seems to lack the kind of work rate and discipline necessary to match up with his undeniable talent and enable him to reach his full potential. It would be a surprise if that suddenly changed this year.
Sir Alex Ferguson said that Ravel Morrison was one of the most talented players he has ever seen come through the academy in his years at Manchester United -- which is saying a heck of a lot! Morrison has had a few loan spells around England now but is clearly nowhere near reaching the heights he could. Being in trouble with the law for numerous infringements clearly doesn't help either, but it would seem that's all part of the Morrison package.
Wilfried Zaha was one of the most sought after young players in England during his time at Crystal Palace. A move to Manchester United swiftly followed, but the progression of Zaha has since been slower than expected. A loan move to Cardiff City last season was expected to be good for the winger, but after struggling to even get into a Cardiff team which was eventually relegated, the prospects are slightly worrying for Zaha at this point.
Didier Drogba is a Chelsea legend and his return to Stamford Bridge this summer was one which clearly delighted the Chelsea fans. However, the expectations of the impact that Drogba will have at the age of 36 should not be too high. Chelsea released Drogba after scoring only five goals in the 2011-12 season, and that tells you everything. Drogba will be great for the Chelsea dressing room, but the same impact cannot be expected on the pitch.
Jack Wilshere will probably have a good season for Arsenal this year -- he usually does. But for a player with Wilshere's ability, good is just not enough. Why have a Ferrari if you're only going to cruise? Wilshere was thought of as a potential world class player a few years ago, but as the seasons go by, that potential is slowly drifting away.
The worst thing that ever happened to Andy Carroll was his 2011 transfer to Liverpool. Carroll's career was on the ascendency whilst he was at Newcastle United, but it's been on the decline ever since he left the club. Injuries are not helping him either as he tries to regain his best form, and with Carroll already injured ahead of the new season, it doesn't look particularly encouraging for the West Ham United striker ahead of the new season.
From one English striker who struggled after a move to Liverpool to another, Rickie Lambert joined the club he has supported all his life this summer. But there are serious question marks surrounding his ability to step up to the level required at Liverpool. Lambert has struggled in preseason, and he's even missing his trademark penalties! It may be an honor for Lambert to play for Liverpool, but it might not end up being much of a pleasure.
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