With the Premier League season finished the focus has understandably been on winners and heroes. But Natter Football always likes to provide a different perspective and so here our contributors highlight the poor performers of the season, because they deserve some recognition too! Why not submit your Worst XI? Email:Natterfootball@gmail.com!
GK – Gomes – Spurs lost out on a Champions League spot thanks to Gomes’s erratic and sometimes crazy style of goalkeeping. Too many big mistakes cost Tottenham this season and the best examples being both home and away against Chelsea.
RB – Alan Hutton – The Scottish right back has once again failed to produce the goods. In the blue of Scotland he flies down the wings causing all sorts of problems but, when he puts on a Spurs shirt all this changes. He has been unable to work with Aaron Lennon and has had zero impact. He’s also not been able to keep Corluka out of the team yet again.
CB – Sebastien Squillaci – Finally Arsene signs an experienced defender with some pedigree (in the French ligue) but he has struggled with the speed on the Premier League and made many errors when a cool head was needed.
CB – Sebastien Bassong – Signed from Newcastle, scored a vital goal against Young Boys in the Champions League qualifier and then the season started. A club like Spurs looking to push on to bigger and better things needed a much more reliable defender. Bassong’s awful decision making, and to be honest, lack of talent means he makes my worst XI.
LB – Alexander Kolarov – The Serbian with the meanest left foot I have seen since John Arne Riise, but he has not produced what was expected after a £16 Million move. He seems neither naturally gifted in attack or defence and used mainly for his dead ball abilities, which have also been lacking this season.
RM – Joe Cole – When Cole was signed on a free transfer from Chelsea It was considered a major coup for The Reds but since signing he has had one of the worst seasons of his long career. He seems to have lost a yard of pace and his touch and skills that he is so renowned for. He has spent most of the season on the bench which nobody can argue with.
CM – Darron Gibson – The Twitter king has failed to cement a place in the champions side this year and at Darron’s age you would expect him to be more than a reserve player. A lack of technical ability and pace means he has struggled and without those occasional 30 yard screamers he doesn’t bring much to the side.
CM – Gareth Barry – Simply not good enough for a young powerful Man City side with more on the way. After watching Barry flounder against Germany in the World Cup his lack of pace and skill was made evident. This season has been no different, Barry brings nothing to Man City and has made no where near the impact he has made in previous years.
ST – Andrei Arshavin – The little Russian was absolutely outstanding last season but was unable to continue his good form into the next one. With no strength or final ball Arshavin has come unstuck this year with even the normally patient Arsenal fans even getting on his back. There are many rumours circulating that he will return to former club Zenit this summer.
ST – Fernando Torres – What can I say about this man that we don’t all know, 1 goal since signing in the January window. It’s not just the lack of goals that has caused problems – his performances have been way below par. Although the Chelsea fans have been very patient with their no.9 he won’t have been given this sort of timeframe next season to prove himself. After all, he did cost £50 Million.