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10 Biggest Premier League Disappointments Of 2012/13 So Far…

By Chris Wright

What with us straddling the half-way stage of the 2012/13 Premier League to-doings as we are, we at Pies thought it high time to have a gander at ten of the biggest disappointments that have sullied our delicate dispositions so far this season.

In no particular order…

1. Papiss Cisse, Newcastle: Quite obviously neither of Newcastle’s Senegalese strikers want to play out wide, yet both seem to find themselves stationed on the wing (or on the bench) when the other hits a goal seam – and, while things have picked up lately, it’s been Cisse who has found himself exiled to the flanks since the start of 2012/13, looking pallid and largely uninterested as his fellow countryman was re-accommodated through the middle.

2. Nuri Sahin, Liverpool: After being lauded as a magnificent coup, the impeccably groomed Turkish midfielder made a briefly decent start to life at Anfield with a couple of goals here and there before dropping out of the reckoning all together. Now being kept out of the side by the truly meat and potatoes Joe ‘Mr Passing Completion Rate’ Allen.

3. Clint Dempsey, Tottenham: With things the way they are, there just doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of room for Dempsey at The Lane. Things may change, but he’s had to make do with feeding on scraps from the top table and it’s a shame to see such a lively player have his wings clipped by circumstance.

4. Alou Diarra, West Ham: Having joined from Marseille on a three-year deal, the 44-times-capped former French international defensive midfielder played 30 minutes for the Hammers in August and hasn’t taken to the field since. Not really sure what we were hoping with from this one, but ‘more’ just about covers it.

5. Mario Balotelli, Man City: Seems far more interested in playing his character than he does in playing for City. Rather than having 11 men on the field, when he plays you get ten City players + 1 Mario and he’s just not good or effective enough to be carried all the time. Sure to be flogged in January if either of the Milan teams can stump up the requisite lucre.

6. Stephane Sessegnon, Sunderland: Yes he’s playing in a stuttering side, but Sessegnon looks like half the player he was last term. Where once he was a sporadically bezerk, lightning quick, unremittingly direct whirling dervish of a forward, the Benin international’s contributions have waned. Looks like he fully expected to leave for bigger and better things in the summer and can’t quite rejig himself.

7. Fabio Borini, Liverpool: Hampered by injuries of late, but nevertheless Borini has never even come close to looking like a dangerous striking option in his first six months at Liverpool, milling around while Luis Suarez instead stepped up and grasped the goal-scoring mantle with gusto. He’s young and green, but he also cost a fairly hefty £13.3 million and hasn’t looked worth a fraction of that.

8. Scott Sinclair, Man City: Not really his fault we know, and it wasn’t like we expected him to play much after City basically signed a mound of living tissue with a British passport to help bump up their homegrown contingent (in that respect, Sinclair was as direct a replacement for Adam Johnson as is physically possible), but we thought he might get at least one game before he was told he was free to find himself a new club.

9. Adam Johnson, Sunderland: Speaking of Johnson, what should have been a fresh start for the spindly former England winger has been little more than a damp squib. The £10-ish million outlay looked like a calculated gamble on Sunderland’s part but, save a few little jinks and one nice goal, Johnson has been incredibly tame since leaving City. Seems like all the effervescence has been drained out of him, Space Jam-style.

10. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tottenham: As with Dempsey, there just doesn’t seem to be a readily available spot for Sigurdsson in AVB’s tactical philosophy (or ‘formation’ as they used to be called) as Tottenham currently boast a rather congested midfield – which is a shame as Siggy is a decent enough player. Sadly, you can’t help but feel that he was signed on a bit of a whim.

There we go. Strange how many of these players also featured in our pre-season ‘Summer Transfers We’re Itching To See‘ feature.

We’ll hopefully have our Top Ten ‘most impressive’ up tomorrow at some point, but until then feel free to chime in.

Any more for any more Pies fans? Who’s let you down the most so far this season?

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By Chris on January 3rd, 2013 in Featured, Opinion, Top 10s & lists. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

33 Responses to “10 Biggest Premier League Disappointments Of 2012/13 So Far…”

  1. trle says:

    Where’s Kagawa?

  2. Adam says:

    Hugo lloris??

  3. Jamie says:

    Andy Caroll? Or do you actually need to expect something for it to be a disappointment?

  4. David Allison says:

    Whilst almost the whole of my beloved Newcastle Utd have been incredibly poor this season, it’s Tiote who has caught my eye. A shadow of his 2011/12 self, losing possession at will and failing to close down attacks. The injury list at the moment is phenomenal (Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Gosling) almost wiping out the best part of our starting XI and midfield, so I suppose he can’t do it all himself…

  5. tenblackalps says:

    Adam Johnson has been Sunderlands best player (less Mignolet) over the last month

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where the hell is Marin? HELLO? This must be some kond of joke.

  7. Tom says:

    Don’t know why Dempsey is on the list. 4 goals, 3 assists + being injured for a time. Think things could have gone far worse trying to fit into a club like Tottenham.

  8. Zam says:

    In fairness to Borini, hasn’t he been played out wide every single game for Liverpool, while usually(beforehand) being a center forward?

  9. baby_roy says:

    Bit harsh on Diarra given he’s effectively been injured all season…

  10. Ashley says:

    What about Podolski, great in flashes but anonymous a lot of the time

  11. trle says:

    Well, Kagawa played more than Borini, who is included in the list.

  12. MGJ says:

    I’d say the biggest disappointment has to be QPR.

  13. gilbert says:

    Borini is a harsh choice, has barely played. honestly, Sturridge, Liverpools brand new striker could rightly be considered more of a disappointment. and what of Kagawa (as others mention,) and Phil Jones at United, Marin at Chelsea, and i know its been done to death but TORRES !?!?!

  14. Gordon Ramsey says:

    @MGJ I was about to say the same thing. Nobody was expecting them to turn into world beaters, but with as much money as they spent on that team last place is a joke.

  15. porcelain sandwich says:

    Julio Caesar? I know he’s been injured a bit, but if you still can’t keep a clean sheet and for some games, get ahead of Rob Green a few years after being named the best keeper in the world, then you’re clearly doing something wrong.

  16. Meb says:

    Kagawa has managed to score and provide some assists whilst Borini provides hope to opposition keepers. The lad is bobbins.

  17. Rule number one if you are a promising midfielder; NEVER join Tottenham to further your career (UNLESS your name is Luka Modric or Scott Parker).

  18. Samsonite says:

    The entire Aston Villa squad (minus Guzan and Benteke) should be on this list.

  19. luke says:

    disagree with the entire list (except balotelli), esp. dempsey because he’s been productive!! if you’ve watched the games, what about:
    -joe allen; waste of $$, average, sahin did more than him in less games but rodgers favors him for no reason
    -russian striker at reading; disappointment
    -all of QPR
    -agbonlahor; what happened??
    -torres; awful
    -giroud; awful (who mentioned podolski by the way? ru serious?? he scores and assists in big games!! watch the games man)
    -downing/henderson/carroll; what a joke

  20. Stiff says:

    Sigurdsson and Dempsey would certainly have gotten playing time at Liverpool. A slight jump up to an upper mid-table Liverpool would’ve been better than one to a top 4 chasing Spurs.

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  22. borf says:

    I don’t think Dempsey should be on this list at all, let alone at #3. Sigurdsson has been a much bigger waste of money.

    Esteban Granero?

  23. yamajo says:

    I think those who don’t think Dempsey shouldn’t be on the list are somewhat delusional; he has not even been close to himself (injury or not). I have watched him play (when he was playing), and he does not seem to fit as well as he did at Fulham. There, he had an important role and given a lot of freedom in his play. However, let’s see how the new year shapes up; it’s never too late…

  24. zeus says:

    @Luke #20 first off. Joe Allen has not been a disappointment, and it’s quite clear some don’t understand that whilst Lucas was out Allen was not playing the role he was brought in for, he was forced to be the defensive midfielder, which is not his natural game and being forced to play there for an extended period clearly wasn;’t going to be good for him. Despite that, he’s still performed quite well. Sahin has been a huge disappointment.

    Article writer, two points on Borini. 1 – He hasn’t been “Hampered by injuries of late”, he’s been out with a broken foot for two and a half months (since mid-October), which is longer than he’s played for Liverpool so far. 2- He did not cost £13.3mil, he cost £10.6mil. You clearly can’t convert. Terribly ‘researched’.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Gervinho has been disappointing!!

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Sahin has definately been the worst. Couple of QPR players, Granero & Hoillet.

  28. lewis says:

    I think downing or borni

  29. Chelseaowner says:

    Hazard! Top ten in the PREM= hazard no.3

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