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Modibo Maiga, Danny Graham and Johan Elmander boast just one goal between them, with the error-strewn goalkeeper and ineffectual winger all also failing to impress so far this term

With every man-of-the-match performance, there must be someone to shoulder the blame. That is the stark reality of football. And life in general.

So, judged by our player ratings from the first 17 rounds of games, we present the 'best' worst XI of the Premier League season so far.

GOALKEEPER


Starting in goal, and it is no surprise to see Joe Hart reluctantly take the No.1 shirt. His fall from grace both domestically and internationally has been public.

A last-minute mistake by the shot-stopper to hand Chelsea victory in October was the last straw for Manuel Pellegrini, with him not featuring in the Premier League again until December 21.

DEFENCE


Fernando Amorebieta has struggled in his first season at Craven Cottage, with the most common complaint from his match ratings highlighting his lack of pace and awareness.

The centre-back has 11 Premier League appearances to his name, but has tasted victory just once when starting - a 1-0 win over Stoke City in October.

It is a similar story for Valentin Roberge - another summer signing - who has made four Premier League starts for Sunderland with a points return of zero and 10 goals conceded.

Michael Dawson is certainly not the worst centre-back in the league, but he has really struggled with Andre Villas-Boas' high line - being taken apart by Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as Tottenham suffered two of their biggest defeats in nearly 20 years.

MIDFIELD


Alexander Tonev is another who has struggled to adapt to English football. The winger has failed to make a single attacking contribution of note in his 12 top-fight outings thus far, and boasts an average pass completion rate of 78.4 per cent.

It is a similar story with Glenn Whelan, who has also racked up an average rating of just 2.25 with his continued failings for Stoke City.

Usually a significant threat for West Ham in the final third, Kevin Nolan has failed to boost a failing strikeforce this season. With just one goal to his name, a frustrating first half of the season was summed up by a petulant red card against Liverpool earlier in December.

Nani is the lowest-rated midfielder to have played more than five Premier League games this season with an average rating of just 2.17.

Where Adnan Januzaj has impressed under David Moyes, the Portuguese has failed - with not a single goal or assist in eight outings and was even booed by Manchester United fans in an October win over Stoke.

ATTACK


Our front three can boast just one goal in 38 combined appearances this season.

In fact, Modibo Maiga's winner for West Ham in the Capital One Cup was only his second of 2013 after notching against Chelsea in January.

The Mali international is, according to our player ratings, the worst player in England's top flight with an staggeringly poor average rating of 1.83, with Johan Elmander similarly impotent in attack and yet to open his Norwich account.

Danny Graham is the sole striker to have a league goal to his name but looks less than half the player he was under Michael Laudrup at Swansea - with said goal ironically coming against the Swans. Just like Maiga, he has a solitary strike in 2013.

WORST PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS XI

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