The demands of English football continue to chip away at its loyal subjects like an unrelenting pickaxe. Of course, the endless supply of money pouring into bank accounts should provide the perfect motivational tool to overcome such troubles, but more often than not, the pressure and expectation finds a way to impact performances on the pitch.

The moment a player exhibits his ability in front of a baying audience, he is expected to repeat such feats week in, week out. However, the media love to report on failure rather than success – just look at Fernando Torres – if he rediscovers his prolific form then expect him to be removed from the back pages, only to be replaced by a new figure of ridicule.

With this is mind I have collated ten players that might find themselves in the crosshairs of criticism if things don’t drastically improve.

Click on Samir Nasri to reveal the players with the words ‘must try harder’ on their mid-season report cards


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