The Worst Players of the Premier League Season So Far…

Goalkeepers

David De Gea (Manchester United), Petr Cech (Chelsea)

De Gea Has Not Has The Best Of Starts At United

The criticism may be harsh for the young United keeper, especially having just moved over from Spain it is fair to say he has not hit the ground running. The reigning Champions could’ve done with a more experienced keeper between the sticks, with the injuries and changes in defence, De Gea has had a disruptive time. However, when a United keeper makes a mistake, it’s more highlighted than any other and he’s made a few already this season.

Has Cech Lost His Class?

The Chelsea keeper is a victim of his own success, with 5 clean sheets already, he’s not done too bad between the sticks for the Blues but by his own standards he has been poor, perhaps hampered by the confusion in tactics with the Defensive line and new boss Andre Villas-Boas but it’s clear to say Cech isn’t the world class keeper we saw a few seasons ago.

Defenders

David Luiz (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Arsenal & QPR…

Out of his Depth?

At times, David Luiz looked like an excited kid picked for the big team in the Chelsea defence, his rocky performances in defence has made John Terry look poor, when he’s actually had a pretty good season (in football terms only). Ashley Cole too, hasn’t had a terrible season but his standards have certainly dropped.

Rio Ferdinand has had his fitness problems but I believe his overall game has dropped massively and will not be surprised if he leaves Old Trafford in the summer to find first-team football.

Arsenal's Defensive Woes Continue

Arsenal’s defence is all-inclusive in this list, and you can throw in Queens Park Rangers too. Some of the defending that both clubs have shown this season have been dismal, so much so, you wonder if they bother with Defensive training drills in between games.

Per Mertesacker of Arsenal has looked suspect since his arrival. Surprising, considering that the Gunners needed a big presence in defence but still look twice as vulnerable with him there.

Midfielders

Tim Cahill (Everton), Stuart Downing (Liverpool), Man United, Adel Taarabt (QPR)

No Goals This Season

Everton’s Tim Cahill usually pops up with several goals a season but so far he’s failed to hit the back of the net during 2011/2012. Has he lost his touch or is it because Everton’s quality in the final third has declined?

£20 Million = 0 Goals and 0 Assists..so far!

Stuart Downing joins the list due to the amount of criticism I’ve heard from Liverpool fans who watch him week in and week out. Personally, I’ve seen glimpses of him playing some decent crosses and pot shots, but with no goals and no assists so far this season is an extremely poor record considering his price tag.

Big Time Charlie

Last season’s Championship player of the year was QPR’s Adel Taarabt but for one reason or another the Moroccan attacking midfielder has not been able to continue his form in the Premier League. It’s disappointing, considering how well he’d done last year, whether or not he can come back under the guidance of new manager Mark Hughes remains to be seen.

Attackers

Hugo Rodallega (Wigan Athletic), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Maroune Chamakh (Arsenal), Peter Odemwingie (West Brom)

Wigan Athletic are spending another season battling relegation and their star striker Hugo Rodallega only has 1 goal to his name. He once quoted as saying he can be as good as Lionel Messi, I still haven’t seen this come true.

Obvious choices are Fernando Torress and Andy Carroll, with a year since their big money transfers occurred neither of them have had the success on the pitch their price tags suggested. The common Twitter and Facebook status has been “Yakubu & Demba Ba, £1.5 Million = 27 goals – Torres & Carroll , £85 Million = 4 goals”.

Looking Fat

At least both strikers are willing to play football, Carlos Tevez, despite the skill and talent he possesses as a Footballer has had a terrible season when he refused to come on as a substitute for Manchester City in the Champions League. He’s never played a game since. What a waste of talent (& wages).

West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie scored 15 in 32 games last season, so far this season he’s only got 5 in 19. The Baggies expected big things from him but it appears he’s having a bit of “second season syndrome”.

Another shout is Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh, who may not get many starts with in-form Van Persie, but the forward appears to be getting worse. He was signed as someone who could take the pressure off his Dutch team mate, but he’s looking like another Wenger failure. The same can be said about Nikolas Bendtner who’s failed to shine at Sunderland, instead he’s been more keen on trying to blag free pizza’s back in Denmark and smashing up Newcastle City Centre with new team mate Lee Cattermole.

Poor & Poorer

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Is Rio Ferdinand on the decline?

After witnessing Manchester City tear Manchester United to shreds not so long ago on a bright Sunday afternoon, I thought to myself ’Has Rio Ferdinand lost it?’. For one of City’s goals, Ferdinand made the attempt of running back to Edin Dzeko, only for Ferdinand to refrain from tackling or making a block. I found such defensive play bizarre.

Has Ferdinand fallen out of love with the game? We can only speculate. What we do know is that Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have spoken to Ferdinand about changing his game due to Ferdinand losing some of his pace. Let’s say that report was true, then it’ll be somewhat difficult for Ferdinand to change his game especially at this stage of his career. I also think it’s unwise of Ferguson to publicly state the decline in Ferdinand’s game. Such a public declaration can’t aid manager / player relations. Keep an eye out on teams testing Manchester United’s defence down the Continue reading

Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v QPR

Tottenham Hotspur are to welcome visitors Queens Park Rangers to White Hart Lane on Sunday Afternoon. Both sides haven’t met competitively for almost 15 years.

Queens Park Rangers will be buoyed with the three points they picked up in their fractious encounter with Chelsea last week at Loftus Road. Expect a certain Adel Taraabt to have an absolute stormer at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will also welcome the likes of Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar to the first-team set-up. Nevertheless Redknapp is expected to stick with the same side that defeated Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last week. Surprise inclusion Aaron Lennon should also feature on Tottenham’s right hand side. Lennon’s pace out wide has missed and it is hoped his return to the first team picture will provide Tottenham with more balance.

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock, will still be without long-term absentee DJ Campbell upfront, as well as Wales centre-half Danny Gabbidon. The longer Campbell is out for QPR, the greater his absence will be felt.

Anton Ferdinand is also expected to feature this weekend, despite the fall-out with John Terry still continuing into the next round of Premier League games. Neil Warnock confirmed that Ferdinand is focused on the game and that he’ll play barring injury.

Expect fireworks in another one of the Premier League London derbies and most probably goals galore, failing that, expect incident aplenty. It should be good.

Who remembers the FA Cup Final in 1982 between both sides?