The worst Premier League team of the season so far XI
OTP has already given you the best team of the Premier League season so far, but now it’s time to look at the other end of the scale.
Let’s focus on the players that have made us laugh with howling misses and tickled our funny bones with woeful performances. This season there truly have been some flops and a fair few very expensive flops, so here’s 11 of the worst performers of the season, so far! Bear in mind this will mainly focus on the unexpectedly bad, underperforming players.
1. David De Gea – Manchester United
The young Spaniard had a giant task to overcome when he began attempting to fill Edwin Van Der Sar’s huge gloves, and so far the bearded shot stopper has come unstuck all too often for such a high calibre team. His woeful display in the Community Shield was mirrored against West Brom when he failed to save Shane Long’s tame effort. For United fans De Gea was setting off alarm bells of a new Massimo Taibi. He’s steadied of late, but it’s no surprise that Anders Lindegaard’s game-time has been increasing.
2. Jose Bosingwa – Chelsea
The Portuguese full-back has probably had trouble seeing past his mono-brow this season, which may account for his woeful performances. Full of pace he may be but has the awareness of a slug and it shows as Chelsea’s right flank has looked virtually unguarded for most of the season. His poor decisions let Arsenal win 5-3 at the Bridge and earned him a red card at QPR. Surely a manager as good as Villas-Boas knows he needs to invest a lot in his right-back position, and quickly.
3. Armand Traore – QPR
It hasn’t been a great year for the former Arsenal left-back and his move to QPR hasn’t really helped. His performance in the 8-2 demolition at Old Trafford was almost painful to watch, and followed up by a pointless red card against Villa and a touchline bollocking from Neil Warnock. It’s safe to say the Frenchman’s career hasn’t moved on since joining the Loftus Road outfit, and 2011 will be a year Traore will quickly forget.
4. David Luiz – Chelsea
I never thought I would see the day two Chelsea defenders would be ridiculed in a list like this. Luiz has given some performances more befitting of his doppelgänger Sideshow Bob so far this season. He has been a huge liability at the back, giving away needless penalties and steamrolling up the field leaving huge gaps in the defence. Luiz has got talent, but his talent lies much further up the field and preferably away from his own penalty box.
5. Per Mertesacker – Arsenal
Finally, Arsenal have some experience at the back, but unfortunately for the Gunners faithful the lanky German has been anything but good news. With the pace of a submarine and the turning ability of a two-tonne truck, the German beanpole has struggled against any slightly pacy striker he has come up against. He may have made the odd good interception but is not cut out for the standard of the Premier League.
6. Nigel Reo-Coker – Bolton
Without the ever impressive Stuart Holden at the heart of Bolton’s midfield, Reo-Coker was called upon in the summer to fill the void and so far he has been shocking. The Trotters have had a lot of frailties this season, and Reo-Coker is certainly one of them. In the 5-0 thrashing to Chelsea, the midfielder even made David Luiz look world class and that is saying something.
7. Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
The £20 million transfer from Sunderland raised eyebrows in the summer and hasn’t looked value for money yet. Kenny Dalglish’s proposed young starlet has failed at almost every opportunity. In the majority of games he has played he has looked out-classed against even inferior opposition, never more so than against Swansea when a half-time substitution seemed to be the final humiliation for the England Under 21 man. Dalglish needs Henderson to drastically improve otherwise the Kop could be looking at a £20 million benchwarmer.
8. Adel Taarabt – QPR
Last season the twinkle toes of Taarabt lit up the Championship and everyone seemed buzzing to await his arrival in the big time. But it has been anything but spectacular. A half time substitution and a strop at Craven Cottage showed how little effect the Moroccan is having in the Premier League and a nomination for African player of the year is almost ludicrous.
9. Andy Carroll – Liverpool
The pony-tailed Geordie has a huge £35 million burden on his shoulders and so far in a red shirt he has barely paid back a dime of it. Embarrassingly unfit and with the first-touch of a rugby player, it is no wonder that Carroll has struggled to win over the Kop. The game against Swansea really summed up Carroll’s torrid time at Liverpool, when he smashed a certain goal straight against the Swansea crossbar.
10. Hugo Rodallega – Wigan
It may be a surprise to many not to see the name of Fernando Torres appear in this XI, but after watching Rodallega’s performance versus Wolves it reminded me of what a terrible start he has had to the campaign. Transfer rumours linking him to Arsenal were lurking in the summer, but now it will be lucky if the Colombian is not playing Championship football next season. He was arguably Wigan’s most important player last season with his key goals, but now he just seems as if he’s lost everything he had last season. At least Torres has notched up a goal in the Premier league this season, which is more than can be said for Wigan’s supposed talisman.
11. Charles N’Zogbia – Aston Villa
Last season’s Wigan sensation was seen fit to replace the departures of Ashley Young and Stuart Downing from Aston Villa, but so far he has been lost in claret and blue. Failing to register a goal for his new club and failing in almost every other department has seen him to sink from hero to zero in less than half a season. With the promising talent of Marc Albrighton sitting on Villa’s bench, is it about time the young Englishman got a chance to replace the disappointing French winger?
Dishonourable mentions: Fernando Torres, Paul Robinson, Roger Johnson, Antolin Alcaraz, Carl Jenkinson, Kenywyne Jones.