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Marca Select Five Premier League Players In Their Worst XI Of 2017

Marca Select Five Premier League Players In Their Worst XI Of 2017

One of them seems very harsh, in particular

Joe Baiamonte

Joe Baiamonte

While FIFA celebrated 'The Best' last night, naming Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world, once again, Spanish newspaper Marca decided to take a look at the worst of 2017, by selecting an XI based on those players who haven't enjoyed the best of times during the past 10 months.

And five current Premier League players made the Spanish daily's team.

Now, granted, in the cases of three of the Premier League players selected, they've not actually plied their trade in the English top flight for most of the year, having only arrived on these shores in the summer.

Renato Sanches, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jese Rodriguez were all summer arrivals after disappointing spells with their respective clubs, last season and have found their way, unwillingly, in Marca's worst team of 2017 before they've had time to rehab their careers in the British Isles.

Can Renato Sanches rediscover the form that made him one of world football's most sought after youngsters? Image: PA

Elsewhere, Tottenham flop Vincent Janssen, currently out on loan at Fenerbahçe, starts up front for the Worst XI alongside Barcelona's Paco Alcacer, with the pair scoring just 14 goals between them during the 2016/17 campaign. Alcacer and Janssen are joined by the aforementioned Jese, now on loan at Stoke City, who scored just three goals in 16 games during a loan spell at Las Palmas, before PSG decided to send him to the Potters, this season.


The former Real Madrid man is hoping to repair his reputation at the Britannia Stadium, this season. Image: PA

However, what is perhaps most surprising is Manchester City's representation in Marca's selections.

No, we're not surprised that error strewn Claudio Bravo is chosen between the sticks, but that John Stones, who has improved rapidly during the past three months to the point where he now looks like one of the most comfortable, confident defenders in the Premier League, makes the team, alongside Barcelona's Mathieu and Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao.

Stones may have endured a rough 2016/17 campaign during his debut season at the Etihad Stadium, but the young Englishman has begun to thrive under Pep Guardiola, remaining an ever present in the City manager's line up, so far, this season, making 13 appearances and scoring twice as City have powered to the top of the Premier League and all but secured their passage to the last 16 of the Champions League.

It would seem as though Stones' resurgence has been ignored by the Spanish daily, who have instead focused on his difficult 2016/17.

But what do you make of Marca's selections? Should Stones be in there? Has someone missed out who deserves to be in the XI?

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