Worst performers Gameweek 25: Featuring Young, Benteke and Chamakh

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United stars feature.

We've taken a look at some of the worst performers from the latest round of Premier League fixtures.

Most aerial duels lost

NameTeamAerial Lost
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace 11
Jozy Altidore Sunderland 8
Nathan Baker Aston Villa 8
James Collins West Ham 7
Christian Benteke Aston Villa 6

There's a mixture of strikers and defenders on this list which is no surprise. It's not a stat where too much should be read into the numbers because Christian Benteke also won an awful lot of aerial challenges against West Ham.

Tackles lost

NameTeamPosChallenge Lost
Marcos Alonso Sunderland DF 5
Nabil Bentaleb Spurs MF 5
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 5
Gareth Barry Man City MF 4
James McCarthy Everton MF 4

It will be encouraging from a Tottenham point of view to see Bentaleb on this list. He lost five challenges but it's proof that his confidence is improving and he's willing to take on more players at key times during games.

Dribbles overrun

Marvin Emnes Swansea 2
Pablo Hernández Swansea 2
George McCartney West Ham 2
Wayne Routledge Swansea 2
Ashley Young Man Utd 2

Ashley, Ashley Young. He just can't get a break at Manchester United right now. When he's not cutting back onto his right foot, he's poking the ball a bit too hard and watching it fall safely back at the feet of the opposition.

Most unsuccessful touches

NameTeamUnsuccessful Touch
Victor Anichebe West Brom 7
Mousa Dembélé Spurs 5
Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 4
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 4
Carlton Cole West Ham 4

The alarming one on this list is Santi Cazorla. David Moyes needs to ring Brendan Rodgers and all of Liverpool's key players today, asking what on earth they said to the Spaniard to make his normally world class first touch go missing against Liverpool.

Most fouls

Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace 4 83
Steven Naismith Everton 4 73
Charlie Adam Stoke 3 79
Sammy Ameobi Newcastle 3 90
Peter Crouch Stoke 3 90

Chamakh features for the second time this week but it's important to note that he's clearly getting stuck in as the theme of how Tony Pulis likes his teams to play football starts to shine through at Crystal Palace. More of the same please or does he have to tone it down? If the results keep coming, not many Palace fans will care.

Most shots off target

NameTeamShot Off Target
Christian Benteke Aston Villa 4
Shane Long West Brom 4
Michael Carrick Man Utd 3
Edin Dzeko Man City 3
Nikica Jelavic Hull 3

Michael Carrick can be forgiven because the attacking emphasis falls with other players at Manchester United. However, the other four players on this list are paid to hit the back of the net and in every case, other than Jelavic, greater accuracy could have prompted points.

Most times lost possession

Stekelenburg can be forgiven because he's a goalkeeper and not every goal kick he hoofs down the pitch will find a Fulham player. Ashley Young, again, needs to protect the ball a little bit better and Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor is an interesting one considering other aspects of his game were superb against Everton.

NameTeamPoss Lost All
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham 35
Chris Brunt West Brom 28
Ashley Young Man Utd 28
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs 24
Steven Davis Southampton 23

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