Five villains of the Premier League weekend

Laurent Koscielny

West Brom, Arsenal, Stoke, Hull and Manchester United fans look away now.

Here are five players and managers who have stole the show for their team, but not in a good way.

Laurent Koscielny

Getting sent off on your first appearance of the season is not ideal but doing it when your team is already losing 2-1 is even worse. He might have argued that it wasn’t a foul that led to his second yellow card; he should have had more sense to know not to dive into a tackle when you are on a booking. It might have been a different story if Arsenal had a full compliment of players; they still looked dangerous for a period when they were down a man. He can redeem himself when he is next available against Tottenham.

Youssuf Mulumbu

West Brom’s game against Southampton looked to be heading for a draw when Mulumbu conceded a penalty in the 90th minute. He didn’t have a bad game overall but he cost his team points and this makes him worthy of a place in the villains of the week. It’s only early in the season but that point could be crucial for the Baggies come the end of the season. Don’t worry Youssuf, you can easily make it into the heroes column next week.

Jonathan Walters

He has had previous of penalty failures and he once again failed to convert from the penalty spot against Liverpool at Anfield. After a game where Liverpool should have been out of sight long before Daniel Agger conceded a penalty one minute from time. Walters stepped up and tried to power it home but got it nowhere near the corner, a wasted opportunity for Stoke to grab an undeserved point. Jon Walters needs to stop taking penalties or he will keep finding himself on this list.

Steve Bruce

There’s only one reason Bruce finds himself on this list and it’s not because his Hull City side lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, no shame in that for a newly promoted side. It’s for the fact that he seemed genuinely awestruck of Jose Mourinho the Sky Sports love-in of the new Chelsea manager has already started again, so we don’t need managers doing the same. Before the match Bruce seemed resigned to defeat and was more interested in talking about Chelsea and Mourinho. His team can’t have been filled with confidence, a definite villain this week.

David Moyes

His Manchester United side had a comfortable 4-1 win over Swansea at the weekend but Moyes has landed on this list after making a frankly insulting bid for Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. £28m for the pair is quite a turnaround from when he was Everton manager stating the two were both worth over £20m each. Moyes doesn’t exactly come out of this looking well, especially after his desperate public pursuit of Cesc Fabregas.

Let us know your villains of the week?

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