Shkodran Mustafi’s fortunes have not improved since leaving Arsenal after he was relegated with Schalke and named “relegated player of the season”.
The centre-half left north London having endured a difficult few years in which minutes were hard to come by.
He joined Schalke but was unable to help them escape the drop as they finished with just 16 points from 34 games.
German outlet Kicker holds annual awards at the end of the season, where professionals anonymously vote on various things.
Robert Lewandowski was named as player of the year with 74 per cent of the votes and best newcomer went to his Bayern team-mate, 18-year-old Jamal Musiala.
Kicker also pay attention to the bottom end of the scale however.
Schalke were relegated for the first time in 30 years so their players dominated the unwanted categories.
Mustafi only joined the club in February after his Arsenal contract was terminated but still claimed his award with 13.3% of the overall vote.
The German, who joined the Gunners for £35m in 2016, failed to live up to expectations at the Emirates and became known for his error-strewn performances.
Things have hardly improved at Schalke and the club announced last month that he would be released.
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Mustafi only signed a deal until the end of the campaign, but failed to make an impression and was guilty of a shocking own goal in a 5-0 defeat to Wolfsburg.
Schalke will now lead an overhaul having released a statement recently that read: “Benjamin Stambouli and Bastian Oczipka’s contracts are due to end following relegation into Bundesliga 2.
“While deals with Steven Skrzybski, Alessandro Schopf, Shkodran Mustafi and Nabil Bentaleb are set to expire.
“Loanees William (VfL Wolfsburg), Goncalo Paciencia, Frederik Ronnow (both Eintracht Frankfurt) and Kilian Ludewig (RB Salzburg) will return to their parent clubs.
“Strength and conditioning coach Quirin Loppert, nutrition advisor Dr. Weibke-Maria Schlusemann and physiotherapist Dennis Schmitz have all decided to leave the club at the end of the season as well.
“Schalke 04 would like to wish their players and staff members all the best for their personal and professional futures. S04 will announce further personnel decisions at the appropriate time.”
Sead Kolasinac also spent the year at the German club but was only on loan so is expected to return to Arsenal.