Alvaro Morata (Chelsea):
In the first few weeks of the season, when Romelu Lukaku started slowly with his new team at Manchester United and Morata went on a scoring spree with his head, it seemed as though the Spaniard was the savvy attacking purchase of last summer. However, Morata’s form soon declined, leading to a decline in confidence, which exacerbated his problems. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Olivier Giroud after the winter transfer window, and has failed to win a spot in the Spanish World Cup squad.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal, Manchester United):
Alexis Sanchez’ performances this season in the Premier League was quite unlike his elite years at Arsenal, when he united with Mesut Ozil to form one of the most versatile attacking forces in the league. The determined Chilean’s on-field aggression now seems to be lack the sort of tactical clarity and finishing touch which has made him more than just an athletic specimen. A mid-season move to United failed to improve his form, as he was bounced around the lineup in different positions, failing to find a groove.
Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona):
Dembele moved to Barcelona for over 100 million euros this summer following Neymar’s departure from Catalonia, but spend most of the season sidelined by injury. While this is out of his control, his contributions while he has been able to play far from justify his price tag, and, at 21, he lags behind several of his contemporaries in terms of impact and development.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United):
Pogba has, for the second season in a row, seemingly regressed since his move from Juventus. While he was United’s best player on the pitch for much of the early season, a drop in form led to his temporary removal from the starting lineup, a remarkable move considering his stature. He begged Mourinho to play him in a midfield three to activate the full extent of his offensive capabilities, but he continues to produce less than he did at Juventus.
Dele Alli (Tottenham):
No other English player his age would be determined to have had a poor season if they performed like Alli did this year, but considering the consistent threat he posed in 16/17 and his incredible natural talent, Alli should be disappointed with his showing for Spurs this season. He has the potential to be one of the best young attacking midfielders in the world, but a sense of complacency seems to have crept into his game in the comfortable surroundings of Tottenham, and he has failed to perform as well as even the rest of his teammates, nevermind becoming the go-to star.