On Monday morning, still possessed by the allure of Christmas Day, I compiled my best Premier League XI of 2012, but now in the aftermath of far too much food and far too little movement, the time is right to highlight those who’ve failed to impress this year.

The transfer window should represent a time of joy and limitless possibility but instead it’s often littered with unfulfilled talent and panic purchases. There are a number of new arrivals on this list that have failed to acclimatise to English football while others are simply on a downward slope, having already reached the peak of their career.

Click on Gervinho to reveal the worst Premier League XI of 2012

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