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Hazard, Fellaini and Mignolet among Premier League flops this season

The title race, battle for top four and the relegation scrap is in full swing, with the Premier League's star performers all vying to make the difference in their club's season.

But it's not all high-stakes stuff and headline acts. Each club has at least one player whom the fans are losing patience with.

Here, ESPN FC's club bloggers select their Premier League boo-boy of the season.


Tom Adams: Mathieu Flamini. Transparently not good enough nor disciplined to play for Arsenal; even scoring twice against Tottenham this season isn't enough to stop supporters wincing when they see his name on the team sheet.

Aston Villa

Kevin Hughes: Gabby Agbonlahor. It's been painful to watch him this season -- he has looked half-fit and half-interested, and although he scored his first goal in almost a year against Norwich in February, the striker was substituted during the 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool because of what manager Remi Garde described as "a headache".


Steve Menary: Lee Tomlin. Vying with Glenn Murray for most frustrating forward, Tomlin cost £3.5 million from Middlesbrough in the summer but scored no goals in six appearances and was loaned out to Bristol City.


Phil Lythell: Eden Hazard. It might appear ungrateful to criticise the most instrumental player behind last season's title win, but it is pretty galling to see him continue to flirt with other clubs while chronically underperforming on the pitch.

Eden Hazard has been underwhelming this season, and speculation is growing over his future.

Crystal Palace

Jim Daly: Joel Ward. Touted by Palace fans as the next England right-back last season, but has found form and consistency to be a struggle this campaign.


Luke O'Farrell: Arouna Kone. A forward with zero goal-scoring instinct, often wrongly used in midfield, Kone has become an easy target through his own limitations and Roberto Martinez's odd insistence on finding a place for him in the side.


Ben Jacobs: Leonardo Ulloa. Last season's top scorer has struggled for form and fitness and will hardly strike fear into Europe's top sides if Leicester qualify for the Champions League, even though he still has a knack of nicking scrappy goals.


Steven Kelly: Simon Mignolet. Why does it take a minute to kick every clearance away, why is every cross into the box turned into a panic-stricken nightmare -- and why are you getting a five-year contract?

Simon Mignolet has made a string of errors this season but has been rewarded with a new contract.

Manchester City

David Mooney: Yaya Toure. Despite being a hero for playing a key role in all of City's recent success, a lot of fans are getting tired of his patchy form and how he's getting less able to control midfield -- though Manuel Pellegrini has to shoulder some of the blame for how he has used the Ivorian.

Manchester United

Musa Okwonga: Marouane Fellaini. The Belgium midfielder hasn't looked at ease and is ill-disciplined in most of his outings, and seems to have regressed from last season.

Marouane Fellaini joined Manchester United in 2013 after the club paid more than his release clause at Everton.

Newcastle United

Lee Ryder: Moussa Sissoko. Struggling for consistency, and it is costing Newcastle dearly away from home -- not to mention his return of no Premier League goals so far this season.


Paddy Davitt: Lewis Grabban. Finally cut his ties with Norwich in the January window, but only after being fined and banned from the training ground earlier this season for going AWOL from the team hotel prior to a Capital One Cup win at Rotherham.


Alex Crook: Victor Wanyama. Infuriated the St Mary's faithful by handing in a transfer request to try and force through a summer move to Tottenham, and his performances -- not to mention picking up three red cards -- are pointing to someone whose heart is already elsewhere.


James Whittaker: Peter Crouch. Consummate professional and all-round good egg in the dressing room, but at 35, he should be much further down the pecking order than he has been this season.

Peter Crouch has yet to start a Premier League match this season for Stoke.
Peter Crouch has yet to score a Premier League goal this season.


Colin RandallBilly Jones. A defender who puts all he has into each game, but the sad reality is that all the effort in the world cannot compensate for a distinct lack of Premier League quality.


Max Hicks: Bafetimbi Gomis. Swansea's biggest shortcoming this season has been goalscoring, mostly because Gomis plays like he's staging a one-man protest against the offside rule, wasting plenty of service through a mixture of idleness and unawareness.


Ben Pearce: Nacer Chadli. It's tough to criticise any of Spurs' players, but you never quite know what you're going to get with Chadli, who can be frustratingly quiet or clinically effective -- or both, in the same game.

Nacer Chadli has had another inconsistent season at Tottenham.


Michael Moruzzi: Steven Berghuis. Watford fans were excited about the purchase of a young, skillful wide man with an eye for goal, but sadly he has struggled to make any impact on the first team.

West Brom

Matthew Evans: Victor Anichebe. A huge physical presence who falls to the floor whenever a defender comes near him -- and he doesn't score either.

West Ham

Peter Thorne: Andy Carroll. As the spectacular and priceless headed goals in the league victories over Chelsea and Southampton proved, Carroll has it in him to be a cockney hero, if only he could stay fit -- sadly few think that will ever be likely.


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