With the league calendar in Italy now complete, Goal.com presents the flop team of the campaign
Goal.com decided to name and shame the stars who failed to shine throughout last season, and compile a flop XI based on a number of factors.
Please bear in mind that this selection is not of the worst players in Serie A across the past nine months, but simply a guide to those who were expected to be important assets for their team - only to fall well short of expectations.
|Goalkeeper – Eduardo (Genoa)
Clean Sheets: 12
The Portuguese World Cup star was far from a safe pair of hands, making a number of embarrassing howlers across the campaign. His most notable errors came against Inter, when Sulley Muntari's shot slipped through his grasp, and in the Derby della Lanterna, when he gifted Sampdoria a goal after fumbling a routine shot.
|Right-back – Marco Motta (Juventus)
Given an outright 'F' on Juventus' transfer report card, Motta has been one of the biggest disappointments considering he was once touted as a right-back who could serve the national team for years to come. Reckless in both his positioning and tackling, the 25-year-old has seemingly missed his opportunity with the Turin giants.
|Centre-back – Andrea Raggi (Bari)
Brought in to cover the absence of the successful Bonucci-Ranocchia partnership from the previous season, the Palermo-owned defender's career continued to move on a downward spiral. His complaints to the press that he wasn't being given enough playing time were almost as irritating as his performances when given the nod.
|Left-back – Sokratis Papastathopoulos (AC Milan)
Supposedly part of the movement to reinvigorate the San Siro club's back line, the Greek has proven he is not ready to play for a club of the calibre of AC Milan, and has been limited to a measly five appearances since his move from Genoa.
|Right-wing – Davide Lanzafame (Brescia)
Surplus to requirements at Juve and then loaned to Brescia, Lanzafame offered little at either club. Early comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo now appear laughable, as the 24-year-old made just one start all season, and disappointed in a majority of his outings from the substitutes' bench.
|Midfield – Rodrigo Taddei (Roma)
Making almost half his appearances from the bench, Taddei failed to exert his influence at Roma as he had in previous seasons, and the Giallorossi's midfield suffered because of it. Daniele De Rossi was also a disappointment, but Taddei's lack of contribution and seemingly minimal effort after signing a new deal last summer, secure his place in our worst XI.
|Midfield – Jorge Martinez (Juventus)
After paying €12 million for his signature, Juventus earned no return on their investment. The Uruguayan constantly picked up injuries that kept him sidelined for long spells, and in the end he was less than a peripheral figure in his initial campaign with the Old Lady.
|Right-forward – Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina)
Sat out until the end of October due to a ban after failing a doping test, and also missed another month in a saga regarding breach of contract. Even when Mutu did play, he was not as influential or prolific as in past campaigns with the Viola.
|Left-forward – Adriano (Roma)
The three-time winner of Italy's 'Golden Bin' given to the worst player in the league, the Brazilian certainly warranted the mock award this time around. Out of shape and a waste of time on Roma's part, Adriano made just five appearances before both parties agreed to end their disastrous relationship, and the player returned to Brazil with Corinthians.
There you have it. Disagree with our selection? Let us know who you would have included in your flop line-up. As ever, we’re open to your suggestions and musings.