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Supercomputer Reveals Premier League’s Most Badly Underperforming XI

Supercomputer Reveals Premier League’s Most Badly Underperforming XI

Supercomputer data has revealed that Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the biggest underperformer in the Premier League this season - just ahead of Liverpool's Sadio Mane.

The Gunners captain has admitted he's "struggling a lot" this season and the stats back that up, as he's netted just three goals in 15 league games. However it might surprise many to see Mane in second spot.

The data is taken from Fantasy5's supercomputer (reported in The Sun), which uses an algorithm based on fantasy football scoring, measuring each player's points against their expected output.

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Aubameyang is falling well short of his usual standard, failing his weekly match performance target by an average of 4.1 points every week. That's the biggest shortfall in the Premier League.

Mane is next, averaging 3.0 points below his weekly target, while his team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold is also performing poorly at 2.8 below. The Liverpool right-back is struggling to match last season's incredible numbers, where he scored four league goals and laid on 13 assists.

Manchester United attacker Mason Greenwood is also 2.8 points below his expected average this season, having netted just once in 11 appearances.

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The full Fantasy5 underperforming Premier League XI is below.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

CB: Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

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CB: John Egan (Sheffield United)

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RW: Willian (Arsenal)

CM: Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

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CM: Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

LW: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

FW: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

FW: Mason Greenwood (Man United)

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It's no surprise to see Willian (2.3 points below average) and Kai Havertz (1.9) also in the underperforming team, given their struggles at new clubs Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

But perhaps the presence of Mane - who has put in some excellent all-round displays despite "only" scoring six goals in the league this season - is a sign that fantasy football points fan only show you so much about what a player contributes overall.

Does the supercomputer's XI match your idea of underachieving Premier League team for this season?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured image credit: PA Images/The Sun

Topics: Football News, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Football, Premier League, Arsenal

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