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5 Premier League players who would like to see the season cancelled

19 Mar | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
5 Premier League players who would like to see the season cancelled

For these five players, it would be convenient for this season's Premier League to be declared null and void following its suspension.

Jordan Pickford

Cast your mind back to the start of last season.

Pickford was a national hero after reaching the World Cup semi-finals with England and getting them through their first penalty shoot-out victory 28 years.

But after a less-than-reliable 2019/20 campaign, his stock has fallen through the floor.

The 26-year-old’s shot to save ratio is just 63 per cent so far this season, meaning he has conceded from over a third of the attempts on target he has faced – the fifth-worst mark in the Premier League.

Pickford has also made three errors leading to goals in league games – the second-most of any player, goalkeeper or outfield, in the division.

It’s looking likely that he has played his way out of contention for England’s European Championship squad.

Given that the tournament has been delayed by a year, a continuation would surely see Dean Henderson, Nick Pope and one of a number of other goalkeepers take the spots – as outlined in this piece.

If you offered Pickford a chance to call it quits, of course he would take it.

Moise Kean

Kean’s summer move from Juventus to Everton was one of the most eye-catching pieces of business in the off-season.

Having scored eight times while impressing in a bit-part role for The Old Lady last term, he arrived with a reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.

But Kean has stagnated on Merseyside.

The Italian has started just five league games, scoring one goal and finding himself behind both Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order.

He was dropped from the squad for November’s 2-1 victory over Southampton after being late to a team meeting for the second time.

The nadir of a tumultuous few months, though, came in December at Old Trafford when caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson hauled the 20-year-old off the pitch, despite having only substituted him on 19 minutes earlier.

Now working under Carlo Ancelotti, who tried to sign him for Napoli over summer, he’ll be wanting to forget the last nine months ever happened.

Joelinton

“The great strikers, the goalscorers, all they’re interested in is scoring a goal – Joe is not like that.”

Those are the sobering words of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, describing their record signing Joelinton, who joined from Hoffenheim last summer.

“Joe will be measured by one thing,” Bruce continued. “Goals.”

And with the Brazilian sat on one league goal for the season, it’s hard to put a positive spin on his stay in the north east.

He ranks 69th in the Premier League for shots per game, averaging just 1.5 – fewer than four other Newcastle players and a drop of 0.8 from the previous season.

His xG per 90 minutes, meanwhile, is 0.18 – putting him 126th in the division.

Based on those metrics, both parties would surely prefer to put a line through what has been a dreadful season.

Che Adams

Last February, Adams turned down an international call-up from Scotland in the hope of turning England manager Gareth Southgate’s head.

It seemed a reasonable decision given that, at 22, he had netted 19 league goals for Birmingham and was attracting interest from the Premier League.

After eventually finishing on 22 for the season, that materialised in the form of a £15m move to Southampton.

Yet Adams is another striker who seems to have forgotten how to hit the back of the net.

He has failed to score in 27 appearances in all competitions for Southampton and has been displaced by Danny Ings in the side, who ironically would have been in line for an England call-up in the March internationals.

Hopefully Adams kept the Scottish FA’s contact details.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke is a player for whom the benefit of the doubt has evaporated over the course of this season.

His £19m transfer from Liverpool in January 2019 seemed a weird one at the time, given that he had only scored one senior goal in England.

That he failed to score in any of his 10 appearances in the remainder of the season following the move raised further eyebrows.

But after this disaster of a 2019/20 campaign, it’s hard to see how his confidence would be anything other than decimated.

He has played 27 times and netted only once – the fourth in a 4-0 home win over Championship side Luton in the FA Cup third round.

If we were to declare the season null and void, then it would at least give Solanke a platform to start again.

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