Here in the Football Transfer Tavern, our punters recognise that the foreign influx of talent into the English leagues has brought in the Spanish flair, the Italian passion and the Brazilian celebrations.
However the one negative side of overseas arrivals is that they have brought a culture of diving.
The latest poll we are asking our punters is – who is the worst diver in the Premier League?
Over the past few weeks the topic of diving has been debated again. We saw during the Christmas fixtures that Chelsea’s Oscar took a ridiculous dive when through on goal against Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis to win a penalty rather than scoring into an empty net.
He was then booked for the embarrassing attempt. Even the Special One Jose Mourinho had to admit that “Oscar deserved the card”
Just only a few days later Chelsea were in the spotlight again after getting another booking for diving, this time in the FA Cup against Derby County.
Ramires was booked when there was clearly no contact from Michael Keane in the Derby box. This was not the first time Ramires was involved in diving this season.
West Bromwich Albion felt they were robbed of a win at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season when they felt Ramires had dived to win a 90th minute penalty to snatch a 2-2 draw and deny a famous win for the Baggies.
The Manchester United player Ashley Young has also hit the headlines when he was booked for simulation against Crystal Palace in September.
Moyes has also had to come out to defend young Adnan Januzaj this season for taking a dive.
As well as this, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is well known by all football fans as an advocate of simulation.
Meanwhile at Arsenal, Santi Cazorla has also been prone to going to ground rather easily.
So who is the worst diver in the Premier League? Ashley Young, Ramires, Adnan Januzaj, Oscar, Luis Suarez or Santi Cazorla?
To register your all important vote, simply visit the Transfer Tavern’s home page, scroll to the bottom right hand corner, click in the circle of the player you are selecting as the ‘worst diver’ and hit vote!
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