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Our Worst Premiership XI of the 2011/12 Season

We have been treated again this season to a Premier League campaign packed with quality, drama and achievement.  Players such as Van Persie, Aguera and Cisse have entertained us with their skill and abilities. 

 However where there is achievement there must also be failure.  We are going to look at the biggest flops of this season in each position, and end up with a worst Premiership XI:    

Goalkeeper: Marton Fulop (West Brom)

It may seem harsh to put in Fulop as worst goalkeeper for one start against Arsenal.  He got his start due to Foster injuring himself in training and judging by the quality of their reserve keeper Brom fans should thank there lucky stars he managed to stay fit the rest of the season.  Fulop pretty much handed three goals on a plate to Arsenal.  It has been a long time since I have seen such an inept performance, a performance so spectacularly bad that he has to go in to my worst team of the season.

Centre Back: Roger Johnson (Wolves)

There was a lot of hope at the start of the season that Johnson could sure up Wolves’ defense after there evident frailties the previous season.  At £7m he seemed to be a shrewd purchase.  Unfortunately he failed to perform and his terrible season came to a awful crescendo when he turned up for training drunk after a demoralising 5-0 defeat to Fulham. And all this from the captain! Needless to say he spent the rest of the season on the bench.

Centre Back: Titus Bramble (Sunderland)

Titus Bramble is out of his league in the Premiership.  He is a Championship defender.  How he manages to secure a first team spot is beyond me.  He lacks pace and fails to read the game.  He seems to make mistake after mistake and fails to learn from them.  Could easily feature in my worst XI of all time.

Left Back: Paul Robinson (Bolton)

Paul Robinson is a terrible defender.  He has been exposed on countless occasions this season on the Bolton flank.  He has temperament issues and has been guilty of making some really poor tackles.  His only attribute as far as I can assertain is his Premiership experience, just due to his age.

Right Back: James Perch (Newcastle)

Started the season on the fringes of the team but got some first team action after the injury to Steven Taylor.  Sarcastically dubbed Perchinho due to his gaffs by Toon supporters. He was involved in a altercation with Liverpool Pepe Reina in which Perch got the Spaniard sent off by exaggerating a headbutt incident.

Left Midfield: Stewart Downing (Liverpool)

Why Liverpool would spend £20m on Downing in the first place is a mystery to me.  His decision making ability seems to be non-existent.  He shoots when he should cross and crosses when he should shoot.  His final ball is poor and how he continues to get in the England squad is beyond me.

Right Midfield: Wayne Routledge (Swansea) 

Another player that seems to consistently get chances to play in the Premiership without performing.  Like Bramble he is really a Championship quality player out of his league.  Has final ball problems and doesn’t seem to have the ability to beat anyone with the ball at his feet.  One solitary goal for Swansea in 22 appearances speaks for itself.

Centre Midfield: Karl Henry (Wolves)

Another player who was evidently out of his depth in the Premiership.  Henry has no ability on the ball, his one attribute seems to be his overzealous aggression in the tackle.   Has the kind of ‘crazy gang’ mentality but without the skills to dribble or pass the ball proficiently.

Central Midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Former Sunderland midfielder Henderson excelled with the North East club.  So much so that Kenny Dalglish decided to purchase him for a princely sum thought to be around the £20m mark.  And what did Dalglish get for his money? Two goals and a series of sideways and back passes.

Striker: Heskey (Aston Villa)

Never the most prolific of strikers the ageing forward only managed one goal this season.  To be fair to him he was generally utilised as a substitute to try to nick a winning goal in the last 15-20 minutes.  Needless to say he mostly failed.

Striker: Gervinho (Arsenal) 

Gervinho was initially bought to take some of the goalscoring opportunities created by the Arsenal midfield and take some of the pressure off RVP.  There have been flashes of genius but for £10m 4 goals seems a paltry return.

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