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Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 24


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It wasn't a good week if you were a fan of Manchester United, Man City or Newcastle United. All three of them suffered big defeats this past weekend, but it's Swansea City defender Chico Flores who has taken most of the flak following his disgraceful play acting at Upton Park.

Chico went down like he'd been hit by a bus when challenged by Andy Carroll. Having been hit on the top of his head, Chico went down clutching his face, rolling across the floor in agony. Carroll was shown a straight red, but it was Chico who should be severely punished by the FA.

Anyway, Chico has made his way into our Flops of the Week, and so has Liverpool's Kolo Toure after his amazing howler at the Hawthorns, but who else is in the starting XI?

Goalkeeper - Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)

Conceded three goals at home to Southampton and looked nervous throughout. Fulham need the Dutch keeper to take a long hard look at himself and get a grip of his back four.

Kolo toureDefender - Kolo Toure (Liverpool)

Children around the globe are told not to pass the ball across the 18-yard area. Those still wondering why not were shown what happens when you do at the Hawthorns on Sunday by Liverpool's Kolo Toure. His error was punished by Anichebe and may well prove costly come the end of the season.

Defender - Chico Flores (Swansea City)

The Swansea defender has gone down in the estimation of everyone in the game following his theatrics at Upton Park. Andy Carroll did hit him but it was an accident and it was on the top of his head, not his face that he was holding as he rolled on the floor for the sixth time. Disgraceful behaviour and he should be banned.

Defender - Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)

The French defender was one of a number of Newcastle players who had a torrid time on Saturday, but Debuchy was by far the worst. He made Borini look like Messi. 

Defender - Matija Nastasic (Manchester City)

The Serb was fortunate to stay on the pitch as Chelsea dominated Pellegrini's men at the Etihad. Failed to listen to his captain in one defensive mix-up which almost cost them a goal. He will not want to face Chelsea again for a long time.

Midfield - Martin Demichelis (Manchester City)

Asked to fill the void left by the injured Fernandinho but Demichelis failed spectacularly. There was simply no energy or bite from the Argentinan and Fernandinho's worth to the team has been well and truly noted now.

Midfield - Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Given a free role by Brendan Rodgers but the silky Brazilian failed to trouble the Baggies defence on Sunday. Exceptional against Everton in midweek, Coutinho was contained by the Albion.

Midfield - Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)

Alan Pardew was looking for Ben Arfa to produce the goods against the old enemy but the Frenchman hardly touched the ball in the first half. Sunderland had him firmly in their back pocket in a thoroughly frustrating day for the hosts.

Striker - Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)

With Aguero injured again, this was a great opportunity for Dzeko to shine, but the Bosnian international wasted a number of guilt-edged opportunities to score. 

Striker - Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs)

After fighting his way back into contention for a first team slot Adebayor has reverted to type and looks to have lost his fire. The former Arsenal and City man had one early chance against Harper but was rarely seen after that. 

Striker - Darren Bent (Fulham)

The former £24 million man had two great opportunities to score for the struggling Cottagers but fluffed his lines both times. The ex-England international needs to find his shooting boots if Fulham are to stay in the top flight.

Well there you have it. Do you agree? We'd love to hear from you.

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