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Monday, 11 November 2013

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 11


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It proved to be an excellent weekend for Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton as they all took full advantage of Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Spurs all dropping points. Now just five points separate leaders Arsenal and fifth place United.

There were some mesmerising goals and performances again in the Premier League, but there were also some monumental howlers. In this article we are going to look at the Flops of the Week.

If you agree or disagree, we'd love to hear from you.

Goalkeeper - Petr Cech (Chelsea)

Cech used to be one of the best keepers in the world but ever since he suffered that head injury against Reading his reputation has fallen somewhat. He was at fault for Aguero's goal recently against Man City and should have done better with Sessegnon's tame strike. Some may even question his bravery for Long's header, but Terry, Ivanovic or Lampard should have dealt with that. Cech is fortunate not to suffer the same fate as Joe Hart.

Defence - Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)

There's no point in having a Flops of the Week team unless there's a Fulham defender in it and Amorebieta duly obliged with an own goal and some slack play at Anfield. The Venezuelan international opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and then helped the Reds double it three minutes later when he lost Skrtel. Terrible defending.

Defence - James Collins (West Ham)

The former Villa man is prone to the odd lapse in concentration and it came to the fore again on Saturday as the Hammers blew a one goal lead. The Welsh international made a rash tackle to allow Snodgrass to put the Canaries in front with a stunning free-kick and then played a part in Norwich's third.

Defence - John Terry (Chelsea)

There was a time when John Terry would go through his own grandmother to win the ball (Not sure we should be saying that with his reputation - Ed) but the former England international was rooted to the spot for the Baggies' second. He's still a great competitor but it looks as though age and injuries are affecting his game. Shane Long made him look average.

Defence - Kieran Richardson (Fulham)

Completing a capital back line is Fulham's Kieran Richardson. The former Manchester United and Sunderland man was given a roasting by Glen Johnson and was to blame for Liverpool's fourth by giving the ball away cheaply. Fulham have to shape up defensively or manager Martin Jol could be out of a job.

Midfield - Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City)

The Egyptian was made to look like a dummy by Lallana for his breathtaking solo goal at St Mary's. Elmohamady just didn't offer the Tigers enough going forward or offensively and was quite rightly subbed at half-time. 

Midfield - Willian (Chelsea)

Apart from his wonder strike against Norwich City, what has the Brazilian actually brought to Stamford Bridge? On Saturday he missed a guilt-edged opportunity to equalise as he headed over from six yards out. I bet there are thousands of Spurs fans happy now that Willian snubbed them in the summer!

Midfield - Victor Wanyama (Southampton)

The former Celtic man was at fault as Hull City pulled a goal back for the Tigers at St Mary's. His lack of awareness was punished by Sagbo and struggled to find his own men time and time again. Fortunately for him the rest of his team-mates were on fire.

Midfield - Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City)

You are taught as a child to play to the whistle. What Pilkington was doing holding his arm up looking at the assistant as Mark Noble broke free in the Norwich box I'll never know, but his decision to switch off allowed Ravel Morrison to ghost in and score the opener. Pilkington was removed at half-time.

Forward - Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)

Completing another hat-trick of Fulham players in our Flops of the Week is the languid Bulgarian Berbatov. The ex-Manchester United striker has never been one to walk off the pitch with his shirt dripping with sweat but he was nowhere to be seen at Anfield. Fulham need their big players to perform, not go missing. Jol has to demand more effort from his players.

Forward - Marouanne Chamakh (Crystal Palace)

How on Earth has this guy made a living out of football? He's a striker. He's supposed to score goals. After 11 Premier League games he has more yellow cards than goals! Saturday was another masterclass from the former Arsenal striker. An inch perfect cross found him in space in the box. With the goal gaping Palace fans were hoping for the net to bulge. Unfortunately the ball ended up in the crowd. Oh how the Palace fans would love a player like Ian Wright leading the line.

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