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10 biggest fumbles in the Premier League so far (this season)

10 biggest fumbles in the Premier League so far (this season)

The Premier League has blossomed into an exciting competition this year. Despite the fact thatthe World Cup uncharacteristically took place in the middle of the season, it hasn’t stopped teams from gathering momentum. 

At the advent of the season, most pundits and fans thought the two frontrunners would be Liverpool and Manchester City, much like it has been for the last few years.

You’d be hard-pressed to find bookmakers who thought any team other than these two would lift the Premier League trophy at the end of this season.

However, there have been a few surprises already. Although we have only come halfway, it is shaping up to be a two-horse racejust not with the teams everyone predicted. So, let’s look at the top 10biggest fumbles this season.

1. Liverpool

As one of the favourites for this year’s title, Liverpool’s fall from grace has been surprising.

Despite beating Man City at Anfield back in October 2022, signalling that their fortunes may turn around, with six defeats in the first half of the season, Liverpool’s perceived title challenge is all but finished. 

You can never rule out this side, as they have shown serious resilience and came very close to winning four trophies last season. This is why the fumble is even more of a shock.

2. Everton

Many pundits have described their Merseyside rivals as the worst-run club in English football. It is hard to make an argument against that statement. 

Nobody expected Everton to set the world on fire this season. However, with players like Anthony Gordon and decent-level strikers such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, not many thought they’d be as poor as they have been.

It isn’t looking good for Everton, and after failing to replace Richarlison, they have now said goodbye to another of their key players. 

However, many Everton fans are pleased with the £45m they have received for a player who has created fewer chances and scored fewer goals per game than their veteran midfielders such as Andros Townsend.

That doesn’t detract from the fact they are one of the worst teams in the league and have spent over half a billion pounds since 2016. Not only have they fumbled this season, they’re also contenders for the biggest fumblers in the last seven years.

3. Manchester City selling Zinchenko to Arsenal

If you have been watching the Premier League for the last five years, Man City have looked invincible. The size and depth of their squad mean that they could have two starting elevens that could challenge for the title. 

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Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zinchenko was a utility player in Manchester City’s title-winning setup. Pep Guardiola thought nothing of receiving a decent fee for the Ukrainian captain. 

However, Arsenal is now the favourite for the title, with Zinchenko playing a pivotal role. Some pundits and fans are asking if this could turn out to be the biggest fumble of the season. 

Suppose Arsenal goes on to win the league – in that case, it could be as significant a fumble as when Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman sold Luis Suárez to Atlético Madrid. He then went on to win the Golden Boot and Atlético won La Liga.

4. Graham Potter leaving Brighton

Nobody can blame Potter for leaving Brighton, given the amount of money he can spend at Chelsea. However, with their revolving door policy, it was a big gamble for a young, upcoming manager. Unfortunately, he hasn’t started in the best form, with Chelsea sitting in 10th.

Even though Chelsea is one of the biggest spenders in the world, it can be difficult for a manager to get a proper tune out of the squad, considering that a lot of their transfers seem to be brought in by their board.

Brighton is one of the best teams in the division, given the money they have spent. They have brought in players for small amounts of money and turned them into massive stars. 

Moisés Caicedo is the latest in a long list of Brighton players leaving the club to challenge for trophies. 

However, Brighton is currently sat in the top six, with a serious push for Europe looking likely. Nevertheless, Potter will be concerned that he might face the axe if he doesn’t turn it around quickly at Chelsea, and the grass may only sometimes be greener on the other side.

5. Jack Grealish remarks about Almirón

When Manchester City’s Jack Grealish made a tongue-in-cheek remark about the ability of Newcastle’s Miguel Almirón, not many pundits predicted it would light a fire under one of Newcastle’s star performers this season. 

Almirón has a goal of the month and player of the month award already this season, far surpassing Grealish’s stats. Almirón has proved many of his doubters wrong.

Grealish has come out and apologised for those comments, which shows the players character. Still a pretty big fumble, though, Jack!

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6. Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa

Following Gerrard’s impressive managerial reign at Rangers, many Villa fans were hopeful he could lead them back into the upper echelons of English football.

However, after a disappointing campaign start, where they only managed to win two games in three months, Gerrard was relieved of his duties.

7. Martinelli’s disallowed VAR goal against Manchester United

Ever since its inception, VAR has polarised opinion. It has turned the game into a completely different proposition.

With Arsenal pushing toward the title this year, their defeat at Manchester United might be crucial. But in the grand scheme of things, it might not matter. 

However, if Martinelli’s perfectly legal strike had put the Gunners ahead, it could have panned out differently.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo interview

Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan gained worldwide attention just before the World Cup. Ronaldo aimed at his then-manager and a number of his former colleagues. Ten Hag responded by dropping Ronaldo and making him leave the club

Following Messi’s triumphant World Cup and Ronaldo going on to play in an obscure league, Man Utd have experienced a resurgence and arelooking good for the Champions League qualification places this year. 

Fumbles aren’t much bigger or more spectacular than this one (sorry, Cristiano!).

9. David Moyes and West Ham

David Moyes has done a fantastic job at West Ham. But in some ways, he has probably orchestrated his own downfall. He is often a tremendous manager with his back to the wall. However, when expectations increase, the team he manages rarely rises to the occasion.

This year has been no exception. Even though Moyes is still in a job and is out of the relegation zone, the omens aren’t looking great for him long-term this season as some of his big signings have failed to complement the Hammers setup.

10. Man Utd’s Antony gamble

When Man Utd spent big money on Ajax winger Antony£82m, to be precisehe had to hit the ground running. Antony isn’t a bad player and hehas put in some good performances. 

However, for the price Manchester United paid, some of his performances have drawn harsh criticism. Given the price tag and the amount of criticism he has faced, we would put this down as a fumble (so far) this season, but he could quickly turn this one around.

Football writer at AllSoccer. Graduate of Computer Science from Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic. Dreamt of becoming a footballer, find self writing about football.

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