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Premier League: Worst 11 of the Week

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentOctober 11, 2016

Premier League: Worst 11 of the Week

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    With man of the match awards and the EA SPORTS Index, we know who the best players during Matchday 2 were, but do we know who were the worst? 

    The players who were anonymous, who let their team down, whose antics became news: Let's find out who those players were.

    Here is the Premier League Worst 11 of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Jussi Jääskeläinen

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    Performance grade: C

    In a week where Wojciech Szczęsny, John Ruddy and Michel Vorm had outstanding games, Jussi Jääskeläinen didn't. 

    The Finnish veteran, playing in his 15th EPL season, made a howler to allow David Silva to score. In hindsight, without that mistake, Bolton Wanderers could have earned a point.


    David de Gea watch: Out-kept by ageless American shot-stopper Brad Friedel, de Gea's performance again raises some doubts over his competency.

    He completely flapped at a cross which led to Jermain Defoe hitting the post.

    Also, what was with the Sergio Agüero impression when de Gea tried to beat Rafael van der Vaart off the dribble?

Defender: Kyle Walker

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    Performance grade: D

    Vedran Ćorluka gave Kyle Walker a lesson on how to deal with Ashley Young: Get close and physical.

    Prior to Ćorluka coming on, Walker had a torrid time dealing with the aggressive and direct Young, who reaped joy from the young and inexperienced Walker. 

    Walker is still very young and will develop (hopefully), but right now, to throw him into a game against someone of Young's quality was a mistake on Harry Redknapp's behalf. 

    Jonathan Liew at The Telegraph reported that Geoff Shreeves said Walker was feeling nauseous the whole day, which would explain his performance.

Defender: Alex

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    Performance Grade: F

    Before Alex's assist to Shane Long, the Brazilian was probably thinking, "I wonder what my wages will be like at Juventus."

    I cannot fathom as to why managers start or give game time to players who are in the process of leaving the club.

    Alex was against lapse in his defensive duties when Somen Tchoyi was ready to make it 2-0, only for Long to pass up a guilt-edged opportunity (he literally passed it up), which cost the Baggies in the end. 

    Alex told Sky Sports Italia, "My agent has been contacted by Juventus. I am 29 years old and it would be a great opportunity. I would love to play in Italy and I hope I can realise this dream."

    Alright, thank you for your free kicks, now get out Stamford Bridge.

    We need players who are going to put their body on the line, invest their emotions and have the will to make a Chelsea a winning club.

    Why start Alex when we have a fit Branislav Ivanović?

Defender: Michel Salgado

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    Performance grade: F

    The experienced Spaniard had a night to forget, as Gabriel Agbonlahor had a game which could invigorate his career.

    Blackburn Rovers knew they were in trouble when Emile Heskey scored, as Aston Villa have been unbeaten in the last five games when the less-than-prolific forward has found the net.

    It's going to be a long season for Rovers and Michel Salgado, though it may be a short one for manager Steve Kean, who is already under pressure to keep his job.

Midfielder: Nani

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    Performance grade: C

    This is the second week in a row that Nani features in the Premier League worst 11.

    It is also the second week in a row that Ashley Young has shown more ticker, more energy and more ability to impact a game than Nani.

    Nani could not beat Benoît Assou-Ekotto in a one-on-one situation, and resorted to kicking in hail Mary crosses.

Midfielder: Aaron Ramsey

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    Performance grade: D

    Three days after Bacary Sagna said something along the lines of, "Don't worry we've got Aaron Ramsey, the Welshmen made his teammate look like a fool with a less than inspiring performance against Liverpool.

    Ramsey gave the ball away like he was handing out early Christmas presents, and because he was relinquishing possession so often, he then resorted to playing it safe with unimaginative passing.

    To compound his day, he unluckily scored an own goal after Ignasi Miquel failed to properly clear the ball.

Midfielder: Dickson Etuhu

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    Performance grade: F

    Football is game reliant on passing. One can safely say that with Dickson Etuhu in the starting 11, Fulham aren't going to start many passing moves from the Nigerian. 

    The rationale as to why he's in the lineup is because every team needs that battling hard man, except Etuhu didn't offer that against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    Then, factor in his consistently poor passing, and you start mulling over whether he's a detriment to the team.

    Fulham manager Martin Jol should have noticed this before he penciled in Etuhu's name in the starting 11, but credit to the Dutchman: He did take the ineffective Nigerian off at half time.

Midfielder: Gareth Bale

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    Performance grade: C

    Touted as one of the world's best after publicly humiliating Maicon in last year's Champions League, Gareth Bale hasn't had the same dominating effect.

    Bale didn't get much joy out of a steady Chris Smalling, and when he did see the goal, Phil Jones was in his way.  

    For someone with so much ability, Bale needs to start imposing himself in games.

Forward: Jonathan Walters

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    Performance grade: F

    Jonathan Walters' performance against Norwich City can be summed up in two acts. 

    Act one: Tumbling into the penalty box after being brought down by Leon Barnett, even though the challenge took place outside the penalty box. 

    Act two: Missing the penalty.

Forward: Franco Di Santo

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    Performance grade: D

    You can't really penalise Franco Di Santo for having a bad game, because he always has bad games. 

    The young Argentine didn't even look like a threat to score a goal against Swansea.

    Generally, forwards are relied upon to score, but it seems Di Santo gets a free pass on that.

    2 goals in 72 games sums him up.

Forward: Fernando Torres

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    Performance grade: D

    So much for the Fernando Torres that showed up against Stoke City. 

    During another goalless game from the Spaniard, at least he looked like he cared, and at least he chased down defenders and tried to get himself into the game.

    People have to understand, at the end of the day, a forward is supposed to score goals.

    A £50 million forward is supposed to score goals for fun, and right now Torres can't buy a goal. 

    S.O.S. Romelu Lukaku.


    Please also read EPL Transfer News: 21 Deadline Deals That May Happen.

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