Ten players who must have dirt on their respective managers!
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Bebe (Manchester United)
Showed against Crawley Town just what a mistake of a signing he was. The Portuguese attacker was of course purchased by Sir Alex Ferguson sight unseen, perhaps one of the only mistakes the Old Trafford boss has ever made. Chances of making it at Man United are slim. Currently nowhere near a striking position with Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez miles ahead, the 20 year old has seen occasional action out wide, and has looked well and truly out of his depth.
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
In a side that was chasing the quadruple at one point this season the Danish international has shown that he is simply not good enough. Bad first touch, poor decision making abilities and big ego mean that this 23 year old would be better served at a side not chasing a top four spot. Robin Van Persie, Marouane Chamakh and arguably Carlos Vela, now in good form at West Brom, all offer more.
David N’Gog (Liverpool)
The argument that a player is young and therefore must be given time to prove themselves simply does not hold water with this Frenchman. Anyone who has watched the Liverpool man in action can see that he does not possess the ability needed to play for the club. Clumsy, poor distribution and total lack of lethal finishing abilities means that Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt do not have to look over their shoulders.
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)
Why bother keeping a player who doesn’t really appear to want to be there. Young Italian Mario Balotelli has undoubted talent but his recent actions have proven to be more of a hindrance than a help. Given the other attacking options available to Roberto Mancini, one wonders if the former Inter Milan man will still be at Eastlands next season.
Benni McCarthy (West Ham)
Whether it’s shocking form or issues relating to his weight, there really is no good reason for South African veteran to be at Upton Park. The former Blackburn Rovers man was even reportedly offered £1m to rip up his contract and leave, he refused. On the playing side McCarthy has taken part in 14 Hammers matches and has not scored.
Gareth Barry (Manchester City)
A player who really does flatter to deceive, does anyone know what the England man has to offer? At least at Aston Villa he could occasionally be called upon to score a 30 yard cracker now at Eastlands the midfielder either passes it sideways to a colleague three yards away or goes backwards. Very dull and increasingly ineffective.
He may only be a back up keeper but he is shockingly poor. His statistics when called upon to replace Petr Cech say it all. 18 Premier League matches played 21 conceded. Last season the Portuguese veteran took part in three Premier League games and they lost two and conceded seven.
Manuel Almunia (Arsenal)
The Spaniard had the chance to re-stake a claim as Arsenal’s number one after injuries to all other alternatives and after a solid display at the Nou Camp reverted to bumbling idiot once again. If goalkeeping is all about confidence then Manuel Almunia must be a quivering wreck 24/7.
Christian Poulsen (Liverpool)
Supposedly a player with quality although clearly Juventus lost no sleep over losing him and Liverpool were good enough to loan the Serie A side Alberto Aquilani, strange? The Danish international really is pretty dire, at best he keeps the play moving with five yard backward passes at worst he really is a turgid waste of space who should never have been signed. Roy Hodgson might want him at West Brom perhaps?
Keith Andrews (Blackburn Rovers)
His agent claims he loves the club but a great many Ewood Park boo boys want him gone. A very basic no nonsense midfielder who rose through the divisions by following Paul Ince. Went to the Paul Scholes school of tackling….did not graduate.