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Premier League Top 5: Flops of the season so far

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As the Premier League finishes Week 10, the viewers have been treated to a lot of action until now. Starting from Diego Costa leading the scoring charts to Leicester struggling to replicate their title winning form of last year, it has been a season of ups and downs until now. However, who have been the biggest flops of the Premier League?

Let us take a look at the Top 5 flops of the Premier League as the league heads into Week 11.

5) Ryad Mahrez

With all the hype surrounding the transfer of the Leicester City winger, the returns in the current Premier League season has been extremely poor. The 25-year-old has scored only one goal in 10 games until now with no assists to his name, according to Squawka.com.

Ryad Mahrez was one of the best 3 players in the Premier League last season and was considered as world-class. The man from Sarcelles, France was unstoppable, unmarkable and defenders were having a hard time to stop him from creating his magic.

However, looking at his performances in the domestic league this season, one would think that it might have been a one-time affair and the player is indeed extremely average.

4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic started his life in a Manchester United shirt in the most amazing way possible. He scored in his opening four games straight for the Red Devils and was considered to rule the Premier League charts in 2016-17.

However, things have fallen apart since then and the former Sweden international has failed to find the net in his last six league appearances. This is the player’s worst run in front of goal since his stint at Inter Milan in 2007.

But, there is one interesting stat which is favoring the 35-year-old. Ibrahimovic has around 42 attempts since his last goal against Manchester City in the derby defeat. This is more than any other player in the league, according to BBC.

3) Odion Ighalo

The Watford striker received a transfer bid of $45.73 million in the summer from a Chinese club. Odion Iglaho has so far scored only one goal in the Premier League this season in nine appearances, according to Squawka.

This is a huge downfall if one considers his stats last season. The 27-year-old scored 15 goals in the league in 37 appearances for his club. He also created a total of 37 chances.

2) Paul Pogba

With a world transfer fee record on his head, it was always going to be tough for Paul Pogba to make an impact justifying the amount. However, things have not been great for the France international who has struggled to adjust his life to the Premier League.

Scoring only 1 goal so far and having no assists to his name, the 23-year-old has not been able to help United in the way Mourinho had hoped he would. Although, it has to be considered that Pogba is still young and Serie A and the Premier League are two different worlds altogether.

Hopefully with time, Pogba will be able to come good and deliver the performances expected from a player of his talent.

1) West Ham United’s new stadium  

The biggest flop of the season has been West Ham United’s new stadium. The move has not materialized well for The Hammers. Aside from the disastrous performances on the field, the constant supporter incidents have not helped either.

Stadium experts are saying that the $853 million Olympic Stadium is flawed and is not fit for football. It has been termed as a “battleground” for fans, according to Mail Online.

Recently, Paul Fletcher, former Burnley chief and a key executive who advised during the stadium design suggested that the London stadium should be demolished and rebuilt for football.

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