The Premier League has turned into such a pivotal platform for budding soccer players that every season, the best talents from around the world want to join any PL team possible to try and shine at the biggest stage in club soccer right now. It's because of its unmatched reputation that we've seen even the smaller Premier League clubs bringing in some extremely talented players in the past few seasons to help them succeed in the league. While some of these players managed to shine through brightly for their clubs, a few others weren't so promising and have ended up being very underwhelming for their sides.
The competitiveness and pressure which the Premier League brings can deter the confidence of even the most talented of world-class players, often resulting in some amazing players underperforming for their clubs. It's because of so much pressure being put on their shoulders that some players end up struggling to play to their utmost potential. Almost every Premier League side has players who find it difficult to play up to the mark, and end up performing poorly for them in this tough league.
Even players from the "minnows" are put under extreme pressure to perform at their best, which is why we've seen some big players from Premier League teams being relatively underwhelming even in the most recent seasons. We'll look at a player from every Premier League side right now to have failed to impress, and underperformed badly for their sides.
20 Arsenal - Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette's goal-scoring prowess prior to his move to Arsenal made him quite the exciting coup for the Gunners last season, but he couldn't really prove his hunger for goals in his debut season with Arsenal.
While Lacazette produced some brilliant performances for the Gunners, he wasn't consistent, and was relatively poor in many matches throughout the season.
Lacazette might've scored 17 goals in all competitions, but many of them were useless because of how he scored in later parts of games against weaker teams. Lacazette's underwhelming performances forced Arsenal to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the French striker will need to stop underperforming to retain a place in Arsenal's starting lineup this season.
19 Bournemouth - Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic was once regarded among the better goalkeepers in the Premier League because of his commendable performances between the posts, but his most recent season with Bournemouth proved how he's on the decline. Bournemouth put their complete faith in Begovic knowing his goal-keeping prowess, but the towering keeper couldn't repay that faith and was very inconsistent last season.
Begovic conceded 61 goals for Bournemouth last season and five of his own errors led to the Cherries conceding cheap goals which lost them games.
Begovic's error-prone nature cost Bournemouth many points last season and he could only garner 6 clean-sheets out of 38 games for them. The towering keeper poorly underperformed last season and couldn't be the hero the Cherries needed him to be.
18 Brighton Hove & Albion - Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert was supposedly Brighton's main creative force heading into their season in the Premier League last time out, but he couldn't prove how good he was and ended up being very underwhelming for Brighton. Knockaert looked an irritated figure on multiple occasions for Brighton and couldn't play his natural game due to the difficult environment of the Premier League.
He ended up only scoring 3 goals and giving one assist in his 32 appearances for Brighton last season, something which was definitely under-par for someone like him. Knockaert was frustrated by defenders, who forced him to phase out of games and even though his performances didn't hamper Brighton's season, Knockaert's reputation took a blow because of his underperforming nature last season.
17 Burnley - Aaron Lennon
Aaron Lennon decided to move to Burnley in January this year for the benefit of his career, as he was mostly a bench-warmer at Everton where he failed to assert properly assert his talent. Lennon's dribbling abilities and incredible pace on the right wing made him quite the asset for Burnley, but he couldn't seem to adapt himself to the Clarets' style of game-play.
Lennon played 13 games for Burnley after moving in the Winter transfer window, but could only give two assists in that time frame.
He failed to make the kind of impact Burnley had hoped he would and was quite poor in many of those games and if Lennon keeps on underperforming like he did, Burnley would swiftly bench him.
16 Cardiff City - Gary Madine
Gary Madine impressive work at Bolton Wanderers compelled Cardiff City to sign the striker in January earlier this year, as they hoped that he would blast in goals to help them challenge for the Championship title.
Madine was seen as a big signing for Cardiff in the winter transfer window, but he's failed to really assert his goal-scoring ability at his new club.
Madine has made 13 appearances for Cardiff so far but has failed to score a single goal which is shocking for a striker of his stature. He's only provided 2 assists and his horribly underperforming nature has been a real blow for Cardiff who has placed a lot of faith on the inefficient striker.
15 Chelsea - Alvaro Morata
Chelsea seemed to have pulled off a real coup in signing Alvaro Morata to be their main striker last season and when he started scoring goals initially, it looked like the Spaniard would lead their line for years to come. But after his initial splurge, Morata's form took a horrible dip and he has had quite the nightmare for the past few months now.
Morata has been terribly inefficient in front of goal after the turn of the year, and some shocking misses have really frustrated Chelsea's fans.
Morata might've scored a respectable 12 goals in his debut season with Chelsea, but he's been poorly underperforming for months now and seemingly lost all confidence which initially made him a deadly striker for the Blues.
14 Crystal Palace - Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke has not been the dominant striker he was years ago and for Crystal Palace, the towering Belgian has not been up to the mark. Benteke has been leading the line for Palace for the past few seasons, but he arguably had his worst season at the club last time out. Benteke was extremely poor in leading the line for them last season and only scored 3 goals throughout the season for them.
He made a mockery of himself with some horrible misses from easy goal-scoring range and frustrated the club's fans with his poor attitude.
Benteke has been underperforming for Palace ever since arriving at the club, but his shocking performances last season proved a real decline in his performances.
13 Everton - Yannick Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie had quite the reputation of being a dazzling winger for Crystal Palace a few years ago, but ever since moving to Everton, it seems like the magic has disappeared from his game. Bolasie was a really skillful winger for Palace, but at Everton, it seems like he has regressed badly having not been able to adapt to the new clubs' conditions.
Bolasie has also been plagued with some injuries and in his 16 appearances for Everton last season, Bolasie only scored a single goal. He's struggled to be the creative, dynamic winger which Everton needed him to be and has it's because Bolasie's underperformed so badly that Everton signed another winger in Richarlison to replace him.
12 Fulham - Rui Fonte
Rui Fonte was known to be quite a creative midfielder who had a decent eye for goal during his stint at Portuguese club Braga, something which made Fulham sign him up last season. Fonte was drafted into the center of the park for Fulham, but he found it really difficult to adapt to the conditions of English soccer after moving from Portugal.
Fonte made 27 appearances for Fulham last season, only scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists.
He could've definitely done better knowing his talent, but Fonte seemed to struggle under the difficult conditions of the Championship. Fonte had had an underperforming tenure at the club so far and will need to step up his game to thrive in the Premier League.
11 Huddersfield Town - Elias Kachunga
Elias Kachunga was supposed to be Huddersfield Town's star striker heading into their Premier League season last time out, but the striker failed to impress in England's top flight and lost his place to more effective strikers. Kachunga was given many chances to impress for Huddersfield, but he failed to adapt to the competitiveness of the Premier League and was bullied badly by defenders.
Kachunga went on to make 19 appearances for Huddersfield last season but only scored a single goal in those games.
He missed many big chances and looked horribly off-form throughout last season, in which he was plagued with injuries as well. Kachunga underperformed really badly last season and his poor performances cost Huddersfield some crucial points last season.
10 Leicester City - Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho was seen as a big coup for Leicester City last year when the promising young striker moved from Manchester City to the former Premier League Champions in a hope to boost their attack with more goal-scoring potential. Iheanacho had proven to be a really clinical goal-scorer for Manchester City but once he got more responsibilities on his shoulders at Leicester, he seemingly crumbled under the pressure.
Iheanacho made around 21 appearances in the Premier League for Leicester last season but only scored three goals. He was extremely underwhelming in many games and Iheanacho's underperforming performances not only frustrated the fans but the Leicester management who had placed a lot of faith on the budding young striker.
9 Liverpool - Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren has had a really topsy-turvy career at Liverpool so far and despite being a strong defender for them, he's often faced criticism for poor mistakes in big matches for the Reds. Lovren has been a commendable figure for Liverpool over the past few seasons and has actually improved himself, but his error-prone nature never allows him to become the top defender he dreams to be.
Lovren makes too many school-boy errors which often leads to Liverpool conceding poor goals, and he hasn't been able to perform as consistently as he'd like to. Lovren has been underperforming for the Reds for quite some-time now and will hope to follow up a promising World Cup campaign with a steady season with his club.
8 Manchester City - Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus is widely recognized as one of the brightest young talents in world soccer and after breaking through in his debut season with Manchester City, it doesn't seem like he's been as deadly as he could be. The young Brazilian has been an able striker for a terrorizing Manchester City team, but it seems like he's just reaping the boons of a very talented attack.
Jesus has not been as clinical as he'd like to be and despite scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season, he's only played second fiddle to Sergio Aguero. Jesus has been visibly poor on some big occasions and is probably the most underperforming player in the near-flawless City squad right now.
7 Manchester United - Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez turned out to be a surprise marquee signing for Manchester United in the January transfer window when the Red Devils signed him from rivals Arsenal to glitter up their attack even more. While Sanchez earned quite the reputation during his time at Arsenal, where he was the main attacking force for the Gunners and scored many goals for them, but he hasn't been able to adapt to life at United that well.
Sanchez has struggled and only scored a handful of goals in his first few months with the club.
Sanchez needs to pick up his game to retain his reputation, as he's been terribly underperforming since becoming the Red Devils #7 earlier this year.
6 Newcastle United - Joselu
Joselu's career has seen many ups and downs over the years, but his impressive performances at Stoke City convinced Newcastle United to sign him up last season to boost their attack. The Spaniard was given many opportunities to lead the line for Newcastle, but his inability to consistently score goals or create chances frustrated the Toons.
Joselu made 30 appearances in the Premier League for Newcastle last season, but only scored 4 goals and gave a single assist.
He was extremely disappointing in the majority of the games and was soon replaced as the main striker of Newcastle. Joselu's underperforming nature has made him struggle in the Premier League and his poor tenure has also destroyed his promising talent.
5 Southampton - Shane Long
Shane Long has been a part of Southampton for quite a few years now, but he's never been able to showcase his potential in what has been a frustrating stint with the Saints. Long has made over 100 appearances for Southampton but has been a disappointing player for them having failed to live up to his hype.
Long was regarded as a clinical goal-scorer but has not been able to be so effective in front of goal and last season, he scored only 2 goals in 30 appearances for them. Long's underperforming nature has forced Southampton to mostly play him from the bench, but his underwhelming performances even as a substitute could force them to finally ship him off elsewhere.
4 Tottenham Hotspur - Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela was recognized as one of the most skilfull wingers in World Soccer when Tottenham Hotspur signed him a few years ago, but the Argentinan has struggled to adapt to life in England. Lamela has never been able to showcase his true potential for Spurs and has struggled to break into their starting XI in recent seasons.
Lamela made 19 appearances for the Spurs in the Premier League last season, only scoring 2 goals and assisting 2 others. He was otherwise extremely poor and didn't look that interested to shine through for Spurs either. Lamela's stint at Spurs has been ravaged with problems and he has nobody but himself to blame for horribly underperforming for Spurs and ruining his amazing talent.
3 Watford - Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu seemed to be a huge coup for Watford and coming from a club like Barcelona, Deulofeu looked set to delight Watford fans with his amazing skills. Deulofeu was signed by Watford only in the January transfer window earlier this year and hasn't really had the most rewarding first few months with them.
Deulofeu doesn't seem to be comfortable playing in Watford's system and was a frustrating figure to watch because of his inconsistency. He has only made a handful of appearances for them but has looked really poor in most of them, scoring a single goal so far. Deulofeu will look to improve himself in the new season, as his underperforming nature isn't helping his reputation at all.
2 West Ham - Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll has been quite the topsy-turvy striker in the Premier League over the years and while he's shown himself to be a powerful, clinical goal-scorer at times, constant injuries have not allowed him to reach his full potential. Carroll moved to West Ham United after a failed stint with Liverpool and while he's been really effective for the Hammers in patches, he's mostly been disappointing due to his lack of fitness.
Carroll was reduced to a bench-warmer and only made 16 appearances for West Ham last season, scoring only three goals at that.
Carroll has poorly underperformed for the Hammers over the past few seasons and seen himself become a heavily mocked player because of his disappointing performances in the Premier League.
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Romain Saiss
Roman Saiss might've impressed many fans with his superb showing for Morocco in the FIFA World Cup, where he made Morocco play some attractive soccer, but he hasn't been that good in the club level. Saiss has been playing for English sides Wolves for the past few years now, but he hasn't really been as equally effective for them. Saiss made more than 40 appearances for Wolves last season, scoring 4 goals and assisting a few more, but he seemed underwhelming in some games.
He struggled to dominate in the Championship and because of his underperforming displays, Saiss might be replaced by someone better and may not get as much playing time as he'd desired in the Premier League this season.