A run-down of the five worst Premier League performers of the calendar year.
First up, in 5th place is Chelsea’s Fernando Torres – he’s improved a little bit over the past couple of months but still lack form, confidence and seems to have a pretty poor attitude to go with it. At £50 million, he’s the most expensive flop on the list but he, by no means, the worst.
Manchester City’s Samir Nasri was for the last couple of seasons one of the most exciting players in the league. At Arsenal, he was sensational and, at City, he devastated time and time again. But this season he’s been anonymous at best, careless, reckless and lazy at his worst. His red card against Norwich City aptly tops off a pretty dismal 2012 for the Frenchman.
Liverpool’s Stewart Downing is rumoured to be in talks with Middleborough – that says it all really. Liverpool don’t want him, nobody else does either even now that he’s scored that elusive Premier League goal for the Reds. If he heads down to the Championship it’s possible he never will again. What could be worse than a complete waste of £20 million?
How about £35 million on Andy Carroll? The Reds really do know to pick ‘em. In fairness, Carroll had been on fire at Newcastle and had broken through to gain a call up to the England squad. Unfortunately he lost all his confidence after his big move to Merseyside and, now on loan at West Ham, he still hasn’t found it.
But, finally, the winner of Top of the Flops 2012 is a player whose abysmal form and confidence is unrivalled in all the land. A player whose only saving grace is that he was free. Still, with hindsight the manager should have probably paid to keep him as far from a football as is humanly possibly. There is no other player quite like him: Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh.
Never before in the history of Premier League football has so little been done by so few for so many. Until next year.
Are these calls fair? Who else should be on the list?