Premier League: Worst 11 of the Week

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentSeptember 14, 2011

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 4 were, but do we know who were the worst? 

    The players who were anonymous, who showed no determination, who were incompetent, who let down their teammates and whose antics became news.

    Here is the Premier League Worst 11 of the Week. 

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm

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    Performance grade: C

    What was Michel Vorm thinking? 

    Five minutes before half time, in an attempt to initiate a swift counter attack, he threw the ball at the heel of teammate Angel Rangel, which  then rebounded to Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin. The Russian calmly slotted past Vorm from an acute angle.

    What's cruel to Swansea was Arsenal only won 1-0, though they should went 2-0 up when Aaron Ramsey missed a gilt-edged opportunity. 

    To be fair to Vorm, form wise, he's been the second-best goalkeeper in the league, only to Asmir Begović. 

    Statistically, he's the third-best goalkeeper in the league with a save/shots percentage of 80, behind Begović (93 percent) and David De Gea (85 percent).

Defender: Ritchie De Laet

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    Performance grade: D

    Ritchie De Laet made a costly mistake for the third game in a row this weekend.    

    Against Wigan Athletic, he was caught in possession by Franco di Santo, which led to the on-loan Manchester United defender conceding a penalty.

    Against Chelsea, his misplaced backpass allowed Juan Mata to score.

    On the weekend against West Bromwich Albion, he assisted the opposing team again by selling rookie goalkeeper Declan Rudd short, which allowed Peter Odemwingie to score first goal of the season.

Defender: Zat Knight

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    Performance grade: F

    Zat Knight was a lumbering mess and had no clue how to deal with Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernández.

    Knight didn't know whether to stand his ground or charge out to intercept. He was just caught either out of position or flat footed.

    He only made 19 passes, six of which were given straight back to Manchester United.  

    I guess if you were to put a positive spin on it, at least Bolton Wanderers didn't concede eight.

Defender: Paul Robinson

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    Performance grade: F

    Too slow; too immobile; relies on grit rather than skill.

    Paul Robinson has a lot of heart, but he became such an easy target for Phil Jones and Nani.

    Jones had a tremendous game at right back. Manchester United now have Chris Smalling and Jones who, despite not yet being great centre backs, are more than competent at right back.

    What about Bolton's reserve left-back Marcos Alonso? He should be given an extended run, because Robinson isn't good enough.

Defender: Jamie Carragher

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    Performance grade: C

    Jamie Carragher is a rugged leader whose wholehearted determination and leadership has seen him compensate for his technical deficiencies and lack of athleticism.

    Yet, two major mistakes in as many weeks provide some concern.

    His momentary lapse of concentration against Bolton Wanderers allowed Ivan Klasnić to net a consolation goal. 

    During the weekend, he was caught in no man's land when Jermaine Pennant dinked the ball over him and Jonathan Walters of all people skipped past Carragher, who then dragged Walters down. 

    Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish can complain all he wants about two blatant handballs being missed, but surely there must be some questions raised over Carragher.

    I wouldn't rule out Carragher just yet because I'm sure, like Alan Hansen and Sami Hyypiä before him, Carragher will find a way to raise his performance and continue to play on for two or three more seasons.  

    Sebastián Coates, who I rate quite highly, should be given a start against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Carling Cup. 

Midfielder: Cheick Tioté

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    Performance grade: D

    Did you know that Cheick Tioté went on spell of five yellow cards in a five game streak, and then another spell of five yellow cards in six games last season?

    He hasn't collected a yellow card in two games running now. 

    What's worrying is that Tioté giving possession away like Christmas presents.

    Against Arsenal last season, he completed 92 percent of his passes. Against Queens Park Rangers on Monday, he completed 73 percent of his passes, which isn't good enough for a midfielder whose passing vision is limited.

    You can't be giving the ball away 11 times while making relatively basic passes.

    Tioté should learn from Liverpool's Lucas Leiva—simplicity and efficiency.

Midfielder: Fabian Delph

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    Performance grade: D

    Not exactly sure what Fabian Delph was thinking when he bundled Phil Jagielka over in the box to concede a very pointless penalty. 

    His moment of madness put Aston Villa down 2-1 after having just clawed their way back to 1-1 with a superb Stiliyan Petrov goal.

    Delph's attempts to push the game along by making incisive passes didn't work. He turned over possession 11 times. But at least he's attempting to move play along. 

    He's a very talented young midfielder, and I'm sure this is just a one off.

Midfielder: Charlie Adam

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    Performance grade: D

    You'd think against a side like Stoke City who play hoof ball, a player of Charlie Adam's technical quality would retain and distribute possession with more efficiency.

    He gave the ball away 24 times, not including that stupid shot from half way.

    He attempted it against an on-form Asmir Begović, who has statistically been the best goalkeeper in the league.

Forward: Andy Carroll

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    Performance grade: F

    Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish needs to sit Andy Carroll down and get his head sorted. 

    What's wrong with Carroll? 

    He played 23 of the most useless minutes I've seen in a while. 

    His three completed passes were just little dab passes; why not just carry the ball?

    His four passes he did misplace were simple passes that even owner Tom Werner would make.

    Carroll didn't bother getting into advantageous attacking positions as Stewart Downing delivered in some beautiful crosses.

    Carroll either downed a few shots of Caribou Lou the night before or just didn't want to play off the bench.

Forward: Franco Di Santo

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    Performance grade: D

    Considering Franco Di Santo was "in form" having scored 2 goals in 3 games after a very, very elongated goal-scoring drought, he should have scored when put through in the 15th minute. 

    The Argentine was given another chance in the 45th minute when the ball bounced fortuitously to him only for Joe Hart to pull off a regulation save.

    If Di Santo scored from those two attempts, the game could have been different.

    I'm not exactly sure how competent the big Argentine is in the air. Who knows, he could be like Carsten Jancker. But with a speedy Albert Crusat raiding down the wings in games to come, Di Santo will be presented with chances to score with his head.

Forward: Kevin Davies

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    Performance grade: F

    I cannot believe Kevin Davies has represented England.

    It's one thing having no talent but being a reasonable professional, it's another to have no talent whilst being a thug.

    His dirty, dirty challenge broke Tom Cleverley's foot—potentially the young Englishman's chance is gone having worked so hard to break into the Manchester United first team. 

    It seems a lot of people are talking about the Cleverley tackle because of the injury, but what about Davies' horrific challenge on Patrice Evra?

    It's so absurdly late, Evra has already played the pass, and Davies still clatters into the Frenchman.

    If not for an instant reaction to get into the process of jumping over the tackle, Evra would have had a broken leg. 

    He still got caught. Disgraceful tackle.

    With regards to Davie's play; it was pretty poor.

    He gave away passes left, right and centre and was more of a threat to the health of the Manchester United players than to their goal.

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