Top Five: Players that fans love to hate - featuring ex-Newcastle, Chelsea men

Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City feature.

Today is Tom Cleverley’s birthday, as the Everton midfielder turns 26-years0old.

He is one of the players who is seemingly the centre of dislike from all fans, with his stale play and lack of talent doing much to rile people up.

Many struggle to understand how he is a Premier League football - especially one with a winners’ medal - and he will be hoping that his move to Everton this summer revives his career.

Not only will that do much to improve his chances of future success, but it will likely that fans will start to get behind him again if he shows something to suggest he is worthy of their praise.

He is one of the players fans love to hate in the Premier League, and we take a look at five others who have fulfilled this role.

Diego Costa - Chelsea

He is arguably the best striker in the Premier League, and the player than all teams wish they had - but hate on another side. Costa is the embodiment of Chelsea as a player, and as everyone hates the club, everyone hates him. There is no denying his talent, though.

John Terry - Chelsea

Costa’s teammate is one of the few players hated more than he is. Terry’s on pitch (and off pitch) actions have hardly endeared him to any fans - even Chelsea supporters. Still regarded as one of the best ever Premier League defenders, his actions have caused fans to turn on him on many occasions.

Joey Barton - Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR

Like Terry, Barton has done things both on and off the field of play which cause him to come under severe criticism. He is a faux-intellectual who quotes The Smiths and ancient philosophers, but has been sentenced for physically assaulting a teammate. Everyone hates him, but everyone loves the entertainment he brings.

Sol Campbell - Tottenham, Arsenal

The turncoat who left one North London club as captain to sign with their biggest rivals. The Judas who favoured the red side of the capital over his boyhood team. Campbell is universally hated by football fans for his lack of respect shown to Spurs, and Arsenal fans only respect him due to the success he helped them achieve.

Samir Nasri - Arsenal, Manchestr City

Nasri divided opinion enough whilst at Arsenal, but to then leave for Manchester City when they were on the verge of becoming successful was the straw that broke the camel’s back. He has bad mouthed the Gunners since then, and whilst Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are accepted by Arsenal fans despite their moves, Nasri is the centre of all hate.

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