Premier League

5 top players who have struggled for playing time in the Premier League

Arjun Singh Devgan
Van de Beek has been ignored by successive managers at Man United
Van de Beek has been ignored by successive managers at Man United / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

The Premier League is at the halfway stage of the 2021/22 season, with some players stepping up and starring while there are others who have struggled to put on consistent performances in what is considered as the best and most competitive league in the world.

However, there are some players who despite their reputations have struggled for gametime and here, we take a look at five of them.

1. Donny van de Beek (Manchester United)

Donny van de Beek
Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Donny van de Beek will be wondering what he has done wrong at Manchester United with the midfielder being ignored by not only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but also the present interim manager, Ralf Rangnick.

The Dutchman has made only seven appearances in the league so far and has been on the pitch for just 67 minutes, which has led to major speculation that he is looking for a way out of the club and end his nightmare spell with them.

2. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur)

Tanguy Ndombele
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Tottenham Hotspur broke the bank to sign Tanguy Ndombele in 2019 and they will be ruing his signing as the midfielder has failed to put on consistent performances and looked lethargic at times.

The Frenchman's fitness has been called into question by a number of managers and his inconsistency has seen him make just seven appearances so far this season, with the club understood to be keen to sell him in the summer and bring in a player more suited to their style.

3. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)

Nicolas Pepe
Arsenal v Sunderland - Carabao Cup Quarter Final / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Arsenal's most expensive player, Nicolas Pepe is another signing who has failed to adapt to the pace of the Premier League despite being in his third year with them.

The winger has made nine appearances for the club in the league this season, failing to score a single goal and the Gunners will be looking to recoup some of their money by shipping him off in the summer.

4. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea)

Hakim Ziyech
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech amid great expectations considering that he was brilliant for Ajax prior to joining them, with the Moroccan not living up to the hype at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old has made 10 appearances so far in the league, most of them coming from the bench - with the attacking star scoring one goal and registering two assists in the games he has played.

5. Timo Werner (Chelsea)

Timo Werner
Chelsea v Chesterfield: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Timo Werner is another big money signing brought in by Chelsea to solve their striker woes, though he has struggled to impress and has looked lost on the pitch at times.

The German looks to have suffered the striker curse that has been going on at Chelsea and his return of one goal in nine games, goes to show that he remains a flop at the moment.