Optimistic Dream Team gaffers will prefer to focus on the stars excelling above expectations this season.
Your Michail Antonios, your Marcos Alonsos, your Eric Diers…
However, it would be remiss to ignore the other side of the coin.
As is the nature of competitive sport, there will always be individuals searching for form while others seem to have a surplus at any given time.
Here we’ve identified five players who are yet to provide the returns Dream Team bosses expect for one reason or another…
A tough start to say the least…[/caption]
Kieran Tierney (£2.3m)
We won’t shy away from fact we tipped the Scotsman as a potentially smart selection a few weeks ago.
Arsenal actually had a very fine defensive record last season and Tierney is also capable of chipping in with assists at the other end of the pitch.
However, it’s an understatement to say the Gunners’ 24-year-old has disappointed his owners so far having amassed a total of -6 points.
That’s right, Tierney has six points fewer than he had before he’d even kicked a ball this term!
Granted, the Gunners played Chelsea and Man City in August so perhaps the worst is over for Mikel Arteta’s troops… for at least a few weeks.
Tierney has created more chances than any of his team-mates in the league this season so brighter days may yet come.
Jadon Sancho (£3.9m)
Bruno Fernandes may have hit the ground running but the reality is that the majority of Premier League imports require some time to adjust to new surroundings.
Man United’s new No25 has made an inauspicious start to his Old Trafford career having played just 119 minutes so far.
Sancho’s ownership still sits at 20.7% despite the fact he’s yet to register a single point.
The 21-year-old was prolific in Borussia Dortmund colours in terms of goal involvements and while it’s way too early to wonder if the Red Devils have made a mistake, Dream Team gaffers would be wise to wait until he’s properly up and running.
Sancho and Shaw are popular assets[/caption]
Luke Shaw (£3.8m)
Man United’s left-back started the campaign as the most-popular defender in Dream Team by some distance.
That was almost certainly because of his outstanding Euro 2020 campaign, capped off by a goal in the final.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side weren’t able to keep a clean sheet against Leeds despite their dominating victory and Fred’s own goal against Southampton restricted the returns of Man United’s defenders further.
Shaw and co were able to shut Wolves out despite considerable pressure to get the ball rolling but his tally of seven points doesn’t align with his huge ownership of 37.5%.
Fingers crossed he comes good in September to make up ground on the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Raheem Sterling (£4.3m)
It’s a similar story for Man City’s No7.
Sterling was one of the England’s best players this summer, leading to a surge in popularity among Dream Team managers ahead of the new season.
However, Pep Guardiola has preferred to play his new toy Jack Grealish from the left with Sterling coming off the bench in two of City’s three games so far.
In fairness, the latter has made the most of his 131 minutes, scoring a goal against Norwich and mustering eight points overall.
Eight points from 131 minutes is perfectly respectable but eight points from three Game Weeks is a far more underwhelming sum.
The Euro 2020 hangover is also evidenced by the fact John Stones (£4.0m) is yet to feature for City at all this season!
Leicester’s midfielders are still searching for form[/caption]
James Maddison (£3.0m)
Let’s spread the load here and also include Harvey Barnes (£3.0m).
The Leicester duo sparkled during the middle section of 2020/21 but they haven’t got going yet this season.
Both have blanked three times in a row with Jamie Vardy and Ricardo Pereira powered the Foxes through August eventually.
Maddison was linked with a move away from the King Power during the summer so perhaps he was partially unsettled psychologically.
And Barnes is still working his way toward full match sharpness after a fairly lengthy lay-off.
As with Sancho, Dream Team bosses might want to wait until Maddison (and Barnes) recapture their best form before backing him.