Cech, Di Canio, and...? Five villains of the Premier League weekend

Manchester United, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Sunderland men feature as well as a confusing Swansea City figure.

It's that time of the week again as we choose those players that have let their team down or just had an all round bad day.

Ashley Young

Diving will automatically land a player on this villains list and it is not the first time Young has been found to dive. It was a pathetic attempt to win a penalty and he has seemingly been practicing the art while he has been injured, referee John Moss thankfully didn’t fall for it and he was booked. After the game Young was criticised by his manager, David Moyes, for his diving antics. He’s a repeat offender and hopefully referees will realise this and think twice when they see him got to ground dramatically. It’s far from the worst thing that could happen on a football field but it certainly does no good to the game or Manchester United.

Petr Cech

The normally faultless goalkeeper, who was labeled by HITC as the best goalkeeper in the league last week, was at fault for Everton’s winner against them at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Czech number one seemed to get lost under the flighted cross and wasn’t able to keep out Steve Naismith’s close range header. We are so used to seeing him claim corners comfortably but he was caught out on this occasion, don’t expect to see him too many times on this list during the season.

Kagisho Dikgacoi

When you are a newly promoted side coming to play at Old Trafford it is quite advisable to finish the game with 11 men, well this didn’t happen to Crystal Palace; they most likely would have still lost the game with a full compliment but a red card effectively ended any gameplan they had. Dikgacoi might have felt hard done by, seeing as the foul was outside of the area, but even so it still would have been a red card. He committed a silly foul that left the referee with no option and left his side with no hope of getting anything from the game.

Paolo Di Canio

To compound Sunderland’s poor start to the season their manager, Paolo Di Canio is now getting involved in arguments with officials that have landed him in trouble wit the FA. His side sits bottom of the Premier League and the last thing they need is to lose their manager to suspension. If things carry on like this then it could be a short lived relationship between Sunderland and Di Canio.

Samuel Eto’o

It may have been his debut but Eto’o finds himself as a villain this week because of missing a hatful of chances in Chelsea’s loss away to Everton. A player of his experience and quality should have at least put the ball in the net once, the Chelsea midfield seemed to create chance after chance for the Cameroonian but he couldn’t finish off any of them. His first half wastefulness allowed Everton to jump at their chance at goal, which turned out to the winner.

The one we can’t decide on:

Jonjo Shelvey: Is he a hero for scoring early on against his former club, and then setting up an equaliser for Michu? Or is he a villain for playing a big part in both of Liverpool’s goals last night? You can vote in our poll on twitter as to whether you think Shelvey is a hero or villain after last night’s performance.

images: © Ian C, © Ben Sutherland

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