Who were the worst Premier League performers over the weekend? Foster, Cattermole and more

Arsenal, West Brom, Sunderland, Leicester City and Swansea City stars all feature.

It was a disappointing weekend in the Premier League for some teams as Liverpool slipped to defeat at home against Aston Villa while Swansea City lost their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Individual errors, poor decisions and downright bad luck can all be blamed for defeats over the weekend. We’ve dipped into the stats to take a look at who underperformed in key areas.

Big Chances Missed

  TeamPosBig Chance MissedAppsMins
Danny Welbeck Man Utd FW 2 1 88
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 1 1 79
Scott Arfield Burnley MF 1 1 90
Gaël Clichy Man City DF 1 1 90
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 1 1 23

Danny Welbeck look dangerous on his first start for Arsenal but he wasn’t able to find the back of the net. One delightful chip over Joe Hart against Manchester City hit the post but that was a bit of bad luck rather than a tactical inadequacy on the part of the former Manchester United man.

Error Leading to a Goal

  TeamPosError Lead To GoalAppsMins
Ben Foster West Brom GK 1 1 90
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 1 1 90
Jonas Olsson West Brom DF 1 1 90
Michael Williamson Newcastle DF 1 1 90
Patrick van Aanholt Sunderland DF 1 1 90

Ben Foster is the main offender in this list despite several players all making mistakes, which led to a goal. Foster allowed the ball to slide beneath him and into the back of the net against Everton, with a mistake that he wouldn’t have produced 99 times out of 100.

Challenges Lost

  TeamPosChallenge LostAppsMins
Lee Cattermole Sunderland MF 7 1 90
Fernandinho Man City MF 5 1 77
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 5 1 90
David Silva Man City MF 5 1 90
Federico Fernández Swansea DF 4 1 45

Not a great weekend for Sunderland man Lee Cattermole, especially after his claims that he thought he could fill the void for England at international level following the retirements of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. He lost more challenges than any other player.


Ritchie de Laet Leicester DF 5 1 90
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 4 1 90
Oscar Chelsea MF 4 1 90
Rémy Cabella Newcastle MF 3 1 69
Mousa Dembélé Spurs MF 3 1 90

Leicester City star Ritchie de Laet conceded more fouls than any other player over the weekend. Fortunately for the Foxes, it didn’t cost his side as they were able to see out a 1-0 win over Stoke City, who failed to back up an impressive away win over Manchester City.

Unsuccessful Touches

  TeamPosUnsuccessful TouchAppsMins
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea MF 6 1 90
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 5 1 90
Jeffrey Schlupp Leicester DF 5 1 76
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 4 1 90
Lazar Markovic Liverpool FW 4 1 71

Gylfi Sigurdsson topping this list will come as a major surprise to Swansea City fans because he’s been one of their best players over the start of the season. He just couldn’t find that necessary first touch to help his side keep the ball more effectively against Chelsea.

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