Premier League: Worst 11 of the Week

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentSeptember 27, 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 6 were, but do we know who were the worst?

    I'm talking about 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

    Barring his misjudgment against Arsenal, Michel Vorm has been terrific goalkeeper and really had no chance in three of the four Chelsea goals.

    Though he should have done better with Ramires' first goal when it crept through his legs. 

Defender: Míchel Salgado

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    Performance grade: F

    As I was reviewing the game, I thought it was interesting that Guardian squad sheets boldly predicted 20-year-old Jason Lowe to start ahead of former Real Madrid stalwart Míchel Salgado.

    They were incorrect, as Salgado started, but surely they wouldn’t be off the mark if they predicted Lowe to start next week.

    Salgado had a game to forget as he was constantly behind the eight ball.

    Visual analysis one shows Salgado giving away an unusual amount of ground to Leon Best.

    Visual analysis two shows Salgado giving Best too much time to shoot.

    Visual analysis three shows Salgado again giving Best too much time but also worryingly shows how out of position he is.

    From this passage of play, Best would provide an assist to Demba Ba.

    Visual analysis four shows Salgado failing to shut down Jonás Gutiérrez, and then Hatem Ben Arfa would make a simple curved run around Gutiérrez to get through on goal.

    Also Salgado was out-jumped by Steven Taylor which led to Ba scoring. 

Defender: Armand Traoré

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    Performance grade: F

    Armand Traoré looked OK going forward but, again, his problems are on the defensive end as well as his thought process—or lack thereof.

    Visual analysis one shows Traoré losing possession by dibble dabbling with it when he could have just passed it to two open teammates.

    Visual analysis two shows him pulling Gabriel Agbonlahor’s shirt and giving away a pointless penalty, to which Barry Bannan converted.

    Then there was Traoré’s rush of blood red card in the dying moments of the game.

     I’ll leave it to his manager Neil Warnock to comment,

    “I just thought he was a disgrace. I just think he was a bit thick and naïve. I told him to his face 'you've let me down and you've let the team down'. I said to him 'when we're playing at Fulham next week what are you going to be doing?' I will fine him as much as I possibly can.”


Defender: Maynor Figueroa

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    Performance grade: F

    In the three games Maynor Figueroa has played at centre back this season, Wigan Athletic have conceded seven goals.

    In the visual analysis, Figueroa splits his own defence with a pass to Emmanuel Adebayor who then provided an assist to Rafael van der Vaart.

    Also Figueroa hoofing the ball 13 times isn’t concurrent with manager Roberto Martínez’s philosophy.

    Figueroa only contested two aerial challenges, and guess how many he won? Zero.

    Figueroa is not a centre back, but Patrick van Aanholt is a better option at left back. 

Defender: Steve Gohouri

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    Performance grade: D

    Steve Gohouri tried, but failed miserably, against Gareth Bale. He’s the second player after Martin Škrtel this season to be sent off for fouling Bale, and he won’t be the last.

    As soon as Wigan Athletic began building a bit of momentum, Tottenham Hotspur would just play the ball to Bale and Gohouri was not match for the Welshman. 

Defender: Grétar Steinsson

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    Performance grade: F

    Grétar Steinsson didn’t win a single tackle, misplaced seven passes and was just bad.

    Then again, Zat Knight doesn’t inspire performances. David Wheater was having a good game before self destructing and Paul Robinson isn’t a Premier League standard defender.

    In visual analysis one, Steinsson didn’t stick tight enough to Gervinho and the Ivorian is off.

    In visual analysis two, Steinsson sticks very tight to Theo Walcott but misses his tackle and the pacey winger is through.

    In visual analysis three, Steinsson for whatever reason is marking no-one and the most dangerous player on the field, Robin van Persie, is free by himself.

    In visual analysis four, Steinsson commits a cardinal sin of defending by ball watching. Instead of marking Gervinho, the Ivorian sneaks straight behind Steinsson. 

Midfielder: Jordi Gómez

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    Performance grade: C

    You'd think Jordi Gómez would be the most technically skilled player in the Wigan Athletic squad, considering he is a La Masia alumni. 

    Yet where is the incisive passing? Where are the moments of brilliance? Where's the creativity?

    Perhaps his inability to provide these options are the reasons why he couldn't cut it at Barcelona or Espanyol and has been pretty average for Wigan. 

    He's not playing bad but he should be carrying Wigan on his shoulders, considering his background as a former Barcelona player. 

    He should be to Wigan to what La Masia alumni Mikel Arteta was to Everton. 

Midfielder: Charlie Adam

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    Performance grade: C

    Without the goal, Charlie Adam's grading would be a D. 

    Let's look at the passage of play leading up to Roger Johnson's deflecting Adam's shot into the back of the net. 

    The safe option would have been to play the ball back to Stewart Downing.

    The obvious option would have been to put in a cross.

    The smartest option would have been to lay the ball to Jordan Henderson just outside the box with the Wolverhampton Wanderers' defence pinned back. 

    Instead, Adam shot the ball, and without the heavy and fortuitous deflection, you would have been scratching your head.

    This perfectly illustrates his inefficiency for Liverpool in attack. I know, ironic that he scored. 

    His hail May passes keep giving away possession. If it works out, Adam looks like Xavi, but more often than not, it doesn't.

    Against Wolves, he turned over possession 11 times.

Midfielder: Stéphane Sessègnon

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    Performance grade: D

    Stéphane Sessègnon is not pulling his weight for Sunderland and he's also a liability in my fantasy team. 

    Sessègnon is so talented and he has so much ability that he ranks up there in the league in terms of pure technical ability. 

    Yet he isn't producing anything. 

    His shooting against Norwich City was horrible. Maybe he should watch some of Patrik Berger's shooting. 

Midfielder: Ashley Young

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    Performance grade: C

    Maybe Ashley Young was worried the Stoke City players would clean him like Glenn Whelan did with Patrice Evra, thus ruining another chance for his debut UEFA Champions League apperence.

    Whatever the reason, Young was anonymous against Stoke when Manchester United needed him to provide some attacking and creative football. 

Forward: Dimitar Berbatov

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    Performance grade: C

    Given a rare start, Dimitar Berbatov didn't grab the chance with two hands like Danny Welbeck did.

    There was no real hunger or determination to prove Sir Alex Ferguson, and Berbatov drifted in and out of the game, as Stoke City ruggedly defended for a well earned point.

    Surely Berbatov will be exiting during the January transfer window.  

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