With the season drawing to an unspectacular finale, many players will be looking back at their respective seasons with all sorts of emotions. Pundits and journalists will be doing likewise, analysing potential transfers and giving their verdicts on each player’s season.
Some, like Christian Benteke, Jamie Vardy and Jason Puncheon, picked up towards the end of the season, whilst others looked jaded and tired after a gruelling campaign. Whilst those who suffered in the latter months do not deserve to have their entire season jeopardised by a loss of form, here are a few of those who couldn’t maintain their play throughout the season.
The Swansea superstar started the season on fire, scoring the winner at Old Trafford and contributing five assists in his first three games. Such a stunning start was never going to be maintained throughout the course of a long season, but his form definitely suffered as 2015 began. Two goals over the Xmas period looked to have reinvigorated the Swans’ main man, but a red card against Blackburn left him out for three league games and he has not looked the same since. Just three strikes and two assists this calendar year have left Sigurdsson frustrated as Swansea were unable to continue their pursuit for Europe. A decent season stats-wise, though half of his 10 assists came in August!
In his debut Premier League season, it is no surprise that Sanchez suffered as the campaign progressed, especially considering he fronted the brilliant Chile team at the World Cup. His workload refuses to abate as he leads Chile at the Copa America this summer, meaning Sanchez may well return to the Premier League the same shattered star he left. It is no shame on Sanchez, who has been a fine addition to the league, but a shame for the division in general because it needs its star attractions firing at full pelt on a regular basis. Sanchez scored in just four league games after Xmas and has not been the same threat as he was earlier in the season.
When Song was on-song, he and Big Sam were dictating the Premier League like Henry VIII did to his wives. Unfortunately, their season has dwindled out and they have returned to a side that disappoints its fans on a weekly basis – quite like Newcastle but with more popular owners. Injuries have had an effect on the whole team, and Song has not looked the same since that balance was broken. Just three league wins in 2015 have seen the Hammers blow their chances of European competition, meaning Song may return to his potential treble-winning club as a man on the move.
Leicester have made a quite wonderful escape from trouble with six wins from their last eight games, though Leonardo Ulloa cannot claim to have been a major player in those wins. Key at the beginning of the season, £8m man Ulloa hit five goals in six games, though hit the same amount over the course of the following 32. Goals versus Swansea and Newcastle helped Leicester on their fantastic run, though their talisman has been a peripheral figure in many games since his electric beginning. He and Leicester will be looking to build upon this season and be consistent throughout 2015/16.
Joined on-loan in January, Elia became an instant hit with Saints fans after hitting two goals on his full debut at Newcastle. Since then however, Elia has been quickly forgotten at St. Mary’s. The Dutchman has failed to register a single goal or assists since then and has found himself used predominantly as a late substitute. Expected to rejoin parent club Werder Bremen in the summer, Elia ends the season with just two goals and a single assists for both Southampton and the Germans.