20 Worst Football Players in the English Premier League Right Now

Devil in a New DressSenior Writer IAugust 23, 2011

20 Worst Football Players in the English Premier League Right Now

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    There are players that are not worth watching, players not even worth the boots they put on—these players make you ask yourself "How is he paid to play football?" They make you question just how fair life is.

    These players hide in big clubs and small football clubs alike. They profit excessively from your ticket stubs, yet do nothing but run around the football pitch doing nothing. Sometimes, if you're very lucky, they might even throw in a pirouette and a dive for good measure.

    These players are not really worthy of an elaborate introduction but here I am...

    Anyways, here are the 20 worst players in the Premier League. 

Manuel Almunia

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    Simply put, why is Manuel Almunia still an Arsenal player?

    I'm 100 percent sure Arsene Wenger is well aware that Almunia is not some youth with a bright future ahead of him—well, make that 70 percent.  

Salomon Kalou

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    I've never being a big believer in Salomon Kalou—perhaps because I think he is inept as footballer, ineffective as a goalscorer and most definitely not worth £9 million.

    In being substituted in the 31st minute of Chelsea's Premier League game against West Brom, I don't think I'm wrong in believing he doesn't have his manager's confidence. 

Victor Anichebe

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    Victor Anichebe has played 91 games for Everton. He has also scored just seven goals for the Toffees.

    My editor will probably ask for more content on Anichebe, but there's nothing to say at a certain point. 

Joe Cole

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    Does anyone where Joe Cole is?

    Was he injured signing his contract? Still alive even?

Charlie Adam

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    Just because a big club has signed a player does not mean that player is any good. 

    The poor man's Paul Scholes: Charlie Adam deserves his place here.

    Besides, who wants rough and naive—when a polished and accomplished player like Alberto Aquilani is around.

Darron Gibson

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    Earlier this year, in April, Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson joined Twitter, and without much ado disappeared from the site two hours ago.

    The Irish international was the subject of one the worst cases of abuse from fans ever. Most United fans have being displeased by a lot of Gibson's performances for the Red Devils and he was fully aware of it.

    He is clearly one of the worst players in the League, but here are some opinions other than mine:

    @dgibbo28 your performance on saturday was one of the worst I've ever seen of any utd player. scared of the ball much?'
    @dgibbo28 hasn't tweeted yet. Seems somewhat fitting after the countless anonymous performances we've seen from the 'footballer'
    @dgibbo28 my mate thought you were about 33 years old in the heart of midfield! Movement like pirlo!!
    @dgibbo28 team do all hard work keeping possession then u hit row Z every fu**in time!!
    @dgibbo28 the biggest compliment i can give you is that you are better than Carrick.

Gabriel Obertan

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    In 2005, when Roy Keane criticized the state of Manchester United and the caliber of players it had, little did he know he'd still be proved right almost five years later.

    Enter Gabriel Obertan. One of the worst signings of United's recent past.

    He's moved on now to Newcastle but no-one can ever know what possessed them to buy him. 

Ricardo Fuller

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    Is it possible to be a striker in the Premier League when you lack pace, shot accuracy and any sort of goal-scoring regularity?

    Yes. Just ask Ricardo Fuller.

    In the last seven years, Fuller played 234 games and scored just 55 times—that works out as 0.2 goals per game. To add to that, of the eight clubs he's played for professionally, he has only spent more than one year at two of them. 

Shola Ameobi

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    It's hard enough to be non-existent in a passing game like football, but Shola Ameobi has no with the act.

    In the 11 years that the 29 year old has been at Newcastle—a year was spent on loan at Stoke City—he has only produced 48 goals.

    48 goals in 244 matches. Just brilliant.

Michael Carrick

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    Ever since Michael Carrick signed for Manchester United in 2006 for the hefty transfer fee of £18.6 million, he has made it his personal goal to destroy every iota of confidence his manager and team have in him.

    Prone to gifting the ball to the opposition in dangerous areas and making mistakes that cost his team important matches, Michael Carrick is overrated and is one of the worst players in the league.

    It is no surpise that Tom Cleverley has leapfrogged him in the hierarchy at Manchester United. 

Titus Bramble

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    If Titus Bramble were my dad, I'd have disowned him a long time ago.

    The clips in the video are just a few of many cringe worthy performances from the current Sunderland defender.   

Heurelho Gomes

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    Sometimes a brilliant goalkeeper and sometimes the worst you've ever seen—Heurelho Gomes just cannot help himself. Whenever it seems he has turned a new page, he gives you a slap on the wrist for believing in him.

    Forty-year-old American goalkeeper Brad Freidel was preferred over Gomes in goal for Tottenham Hotspur's season opener against Manchester United—I'm pretty sure it won't be the last time.  

Franco Di Santo

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    Argentine striker Franco di Santo spent two years at Chelsea where he played eight games and scored no goals. He then went on loan to Blackburn Rovers for the 2009/10 season where he played 23 games and scored one goal.

    In 2010, he signed for Wigan Athletic for a reported £2 million and he's scored one goal in 26 matches for them.

    In total, two goals in 57 matches. Cue the applause. 

Ryan Shawcross

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    If Ryan Shawcross' job was to break legs and make incredibly stupid tackles, he'd be one of the best in the world.

    However, his job is to defend. And despite one or two good performances in the past, he is overrated and is one of the worst players in the league. 

Moussa Dembele

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    With three goals in 24 games for Fulham, it couldn't be worse, surely?

    Signed in August 2010 for a reported £5 million, Fulham are most definitely not getting value for their money.

Christian Poulsen

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    One of the recruits of the Roy Hodgson era at Liverpool, Simon Poulsen seemed destined for a regualar place in the starting line-up at Anfield. 

    Think again.

    The Danish international has played just 12 times for Liverpool since his move last summer and has falling down the pecking order.

    Jay Spearing of all people gets ahead of him!!

Magaye Gueye

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    Signed in June 2010, Magaye Gueye's first league appearance for Everton came on 2 April 2011 as a substitute—and this wasn't because of injury. His first Premier League start came in Everton's 3-0 win against Wolves on April 9, 2011.

    The striker has played just five times for Everton—huge vote of confidence from the manager—and has never scored.

Emile Heskey

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    Nine goals in 66 games for Aston Villa and 15 goals in 82 games for Wigan—in essence, 24 goals in the last five years.

    I think it's time for Heskey to call it a day.

James Milner

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    James Milner is most certainly not worth £26 million.

    Twenty-five goals in the last nine years? And to think Barcelona paid more or less the same amount for the far better Alexis Sanchez.

Stephen Ireland

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    In the 2008-09 Premier League season, Stephen Ireland was named Manchester City's player of the year and he later became Greater Manchester Player of the Year.

    A long stint on the bench at the start of the Roberto Mancini era at City seemed to remove any belief the player had in himself, subsequently Ireland has never been the same player.