Juan Cuadrado irrelevant for Chelsea; Mario Balotelli an unmitigated failure for Liverpool: PL season’s worst

With the 2014/15 Premier League season come and gone, Richard Jolly names his worst performer for every team this year.

Juan Cuadrado only made nine appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season. Tony O'Brien / Action Images / Reuters
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With the 2014/15 Premier League season come and gone, Richard Jolly names his worst performer from every team this year.


Mikel Arteta: Francis Coquelin showed just how much Arsenal benefited from having a proper defensive midfielder. The ageing Arteta struggled on his appearances.

Aston Villa

Andreas Weimann: Started well, with early goals, but the Austrian lost his way and his place.


Lukas Jutkiewicz: No lack of effort but the goalless striker just lacked the class for the Premier League.


Juan Cuadrado: The January signing wasn't the final piece in the title-winning jigsaw, but an irrelevant, expensive replacement. Much more will be expected of Colombia's World Cup star next season.

Crystal Palace

Adrian Mariappa: It says a lot that Palace didn't win a league game the versatile defender started.


Antolin Alcaraz: An increasingly hapless figure whose mistakes were a major cause of Everton's Europa League exit.

Hull City

Tom Huddlestone: A focal point of the team last season, but error-prone this year, when he was sent off twice.

Leicester City

Paul Konchesky: Leicester's best form came without him. The left-back looks past his best.


Mario Balotelli: Scored a solitary league goal in the worst season of his career. A £16 million failure.

Manchester City

Edin Dzeko: Only scored twice since September as the Bosnian, who struck 26 times last season, ranked as the greatest underachiever in the City ranks.

Manchester United

Radamel Falcao: Arrived with the reputation as one of the world's great strikers. Looked slow and utterly impotent in a dreadful loan spell that only yielded four goals.

Newcastle United

Emmanuel Riviere: A regular scorer in Ligue 1, he waited nine months and more than 1,000 minutes for a goal in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers

Mauricio Isla: The Chilean World Cup star lost his place in what proved the worst defence in the division.


Shane Long: Hard worker but, played out of position, failed to justify his £12 million fee.

Stoke City

Phillip Wollscheid: One of the more forgettable January signings. Mark Hughes's search for a centre-back may go on.


Ricky Alvarez: The Argentine was anonymous, ineffective and injured. Now Sunderland are forced to pay £11 million for him.

Swansea City

Angel Rangel: Showed his age and lost his place when Kyle Naughton was signed in January.

Tottenha Hotspur

Roberto Soldado: It seemed his second season couldn't be any worse than his first. It was. Soldado scored a solitary Premier League goal. He is a waste of £26 million.

West Bromwich Albion

Cristian Gamboa: The Costa Rican was one of several summer signings who made a negligible contribution.

West Ham United

Kevin Nolan: Looked slow and old in comparison with West Ham's more dynamic midfielders.


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