Five Villains of the Premier League's Opening Weekend from Newcastle, Arsenal, QPR, Man Utd and Sunderland

As the Premier League's opening weekend draws to a close we look at five players who's season started on a sour note.


Joey Barton

Where else to start but the man who just cannot keep out of the headlines. Despite being stamped on and slapped, his actions to aggressively haul up Gervinho and making the most of the ensuing altercation only serve to reflect badly on himself. His post-match comments that he 'went down easy' may come back to haunt him if the FA see fit.

Alex Song

Another man the FA may still charge is Alex Song. His needless stamp on Joey Barton lit the Newcastle man's fuse, and if the referee saw it would have meant a straight red card. Dependent on the referee's report the FA could still decide to ban Song, which would be terrible for Arsenal with crucial games against their rivals coming up, and an already thinning midfield with departures and injuries. He will only have himself to blame.

Danny Gabbidon

Danny Gabbidon's spell at West Ham ended on a sour note, fighting with supporters at an end of season party and a relegation to add to his CV. His move to QPR has not got off to the greatest start either. It was his needless own goal which swung the game for Bolton, at 1-0 the newly promoted side were still in it, but in diverting a cross into his own net, the new boys collapsed. 'Must do better' is a phrase he will be repeating to himself all week long.

David De Gea

The attacking talents of his teammates means the young Spaniard's shaky start in goal has not been costly. Manchester United's next home games are against Tottenham and Arsenal before the side travel to Anfield. He will not be afforded the same margin for error in the coming weeks. Anybody who saw him in the under-21s for Spain will realise he is a class act, dealing with nervousness. The dilemma for Fergie is whether to take him out the firing line, and replace him temporarily with the more experienced but equally untested Anders Lindegaard.

Kieran Richardson

Many Liverpool fans were cursing when the Sunderland man's last man foul resulted in just a yellow card. This feeling was compounded when Luis Suarez missed the ensuing penalty, and the game ended 1-1. If Richardson had been sent off, Sunderland would have had to face more than 80 minutes with 10 men, and faced almost certain defeat. The fact Richardson used to play for Liverpool's hated rivals Manchester United will only frustrate the fans even more.

How was the opening weekend for you, are there any villains we missed? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

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