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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 12


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Just like model Katie Price and Big Brother star Imogen Thomas, Squrefootball's Flops of the Week is something Premier League footballers should be ashamed to be associated with. However, this weekend there was a string of players seemingly desperate to get in there - our team that is, not the aforementioned ladies! 

Tottenham Hotspur could have recorded an historic first by having their whole team included following their embarrassing 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the lethal Manchester City, but this weekend produced more underachievers than the English education system.

Everyone from Artur Boruc and Hugo Lloris to Roberto Soldado and Marouanne Chamakh were fighting for a place in our team, but here are our Flops of the Week. 

Goalkeeper - Artur Boruc - Southampton

Does the Southampton keeper think he's Ronaldo or something? The former Celtic man had three opportunities to clear the ball on Saturday before being robbed by Olivier Giroud. The Polish international was made to look silly by his opposite number at Stoke a few weeks ago, now this. Is he trying to create his very own bloopers DVD for Christmas?!

Left back - Maynor Figueroa - Hull City

The former Wigan man was given a horrid time by Crystal Palace's Bolasie before the lively midfielder was harshly sent off.

Centre back - Michael Dawson - Spurs

It was a day to forget for the Spurs team as Manchester City ran riot at the Etihad, but the captain was made to look distinctively average against Negredo. The City striker turned Dawson with ease to rifle the ball home. It capped a miserable performance from the north London men.

Centre back - Jan Vertonghen - Spurs

Technically he was left back on Sunday, but the Belgium international, like the majority of his team-mates, had a shocker. He could have helped to keep the score down to five, but instead tried to be smart in the dying moments and was robbed by Navas who completed the rout.

Right back - Guy Demel - West Ham

What on Earth was Demel thinking? The Hammers had at least two chances to guide the ball into Jaaskelanien's hands before this moment of madness. Demel tried to calm things down but his soft purchase on the ball allowed Oscar to sneak in and win the penalty. It was curtains for the Hammers after that. 

Midfield - Joe Cole - West Ham

The West Ham midfielder never had a sniff of the ball against his former team and was withdrawn before the half-time whistle. His former colleague Frank Lampard stole the show.

Midfield - Tom Cleverley - Manchester United

The champions dropped another two points on Sunday, as Cardiff City came from behind to salvage a point. Cleverley failed to stamp his authority in the middle of the pitch. United are crying out for a player who can win the ball, play incisive passes and score goals from midfield, Cleverley will never be that man.

Midfield - Bradley Johnson - Norwich City

The Englishman was at fault for Newcastle's opener, letting the ball bounce in the six-yard area, and failed to give the back four any support at all as the Mags defeated the Canaries. Bad day at the office for the 26-year-old.

Midfield - Lewis Holtby - Spurs

Like Joe Cole of West Ham, Lewis Holtby wasn't around for long on Sunday. The former Schalke 04 star was replaced at half-time following an ineffective 45 minutes at the Etihad. Must do better.

Striker - Roberto Soldado - Spurs

Soldado is deadly from the spot but Spurs can't rely on winning penalties every week to justify his inclusion. Carragher and Neville slated the striker on Monday night, stating that he just isn't the man to play the lone striker role for Spurs. Jermain Defoe must be itching for a chance to start.

Striker - Marouanne Chamakh - Crystal Palace

Another week and another place in the Flops of the Week for Chamakh. Will he ever score again? Can Tony Pulis get the best out of him? We shall see.

Well that's our Flops of the Week. Do you agree or disagree? Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you.

 

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