Five villains of the Premier League week

Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Chelsea men feature.

This week sees some familiar faces appear again on the villains list. Manchester United and City, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Chelsea fans look away now.

Rio Ferdinand

The Manchester United defender didn’t cover himself in glory during the defeat to West Brom. He looked to be completely out if his depth against the Baggies as for both their goals he was found struggling. Morgan Amalfitano nutmegged him on his way to score West Brom’s first goal and to top it off Ferdinand saw Berahino’s shot pass through his legs and into the bottom corner of the net. All in all a pretty disastrous day for Ferdinand, is his age finally catching up with him?

Alan Pardew

The Newcastle manager is in a difficult situation at the club but that doesn’t excuse his poor tactics and sending a team onto the field that doesn’t seem to care too much about whether they win or lose. He has had some better results over the past few weeks but yesterday against Everton was a poor first half display. You have to give him credit for the way his side came back in the second half but they lost the game in the opening 45 minutes.

Ian Holloway

Holloway seems to be a favourite with a lot of the media and fans but this often takes away from his managerial ability. He didn’t do enough in the summer transfer window to strengthen his Crystal Palace side enough to survive in the Premier League. He essentially has the same squad he had last season when they got promoted through the playoffs. Even if he had won the game he might have still made it onto this list simply for his attire for the day, a waistcoat wasn’t a good idea.

Joe Hart

Once again Joe Hart has come under criticism for his performance at the weekend against Aston Villa. His hesitation for Villa’s winner allowed Andreas Weimann to poke the ball around him and into the net to seal a brilliant victory for Paul Lambert’s men. He didn’t stay or go in the end and kind of got caught in no man’s land, he should have made it a lot harder for the Villa forward to score the winner. His form must make him a candidate for being dropped to the bench.

Fernando Torres

Torres find himself amongst the villains of the week but strangely enough he had one of his best performances in a long time against Tottenham. He let Jan Vertonghen get into his head and wind him up throughout the game on Saturday afternoon. He really should have been sent off for scratching Vertonghen’s face but ended up getting a second yellow from Mike Dean for what looked like a fair challenge. He was lucky that his behaviour didn’t cost his team the game, Chelsea held out for a 1-1 draw.

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