The Premier League is back, and back with a bang!
A weekend full of goals, comebacks and then some. But when you have heroes and goalscorers, you will also bear witness to losers, flops, humiliations, loss of pride and shocked expressions. So today, (excluding Everton and Sunderland players) wea��re putting together a team of flops, The Matchweek 4 Flop XI.
GK: Claudio Bravo (Manchester City)
Bravo had some debut on Saturday against Manchester United. Brought in to replace Joe Harta��s lack of passing skill, it seems that Pep forgot that goalkeepers are meant protect the goal. But despite all the mistakes he made, he only conceded one goal. That goal was helped on by Bravo flapping at a ball in from a Wayne Rooney cross, which Zlatan promptly volleyed it straight into the net. He then later on tackled Rooney, which on another day would have ended with the refa��s finger pointing to the spot and Bravo walking off to the cheers of Old Trafford.
DF: James Collins (West Ham)
West Ham were cruising at half time. 2-0 up against Watford and Payet was back with two splendid assists, a simply beautiful rabonaA�for Michail Antonioa��s second and the game was all but over. Or was it?? Within the next 35 minutes after Antonio scored his second, Watford demolished the Hammers, scoring 4 goals. Collins, however made the Matchweek 4 Flop XI, by heading a high ball straight into Troy Deeneya��s path and he finished it with ease.
DF: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
An a�?obvious foula��, a clip that shall be used as a how not to protect a ball somewhere down the years. It showed how terrible Gary Cahill was against Swansea City. Leory Fer was lively throughout the match and Cahill could not handle the 26 year old. In the 60th minute, with the scores level Terry passes the ball to Cahill, who looks behind for Courtois. With his back turned, Cahill sees the oncoming Fer and the Dutchman muscles the Englishman off the ball and finishes it between Courtoisa��s legs. To make matters worse, Cahill goes on a rant against the referee Andre Marriner, claiming the a�?the officials could have “sat on the moon” and still spotted the offence.a��
DF: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)
Klopp and Liverpool had a wonderful Saturday. They thrashed the champions at Anfield, and saw the rise of Sadio Mane. A brilliant day for every Liverpool player, well except Lucas Leiva. The Reds didna��t make many mistakes, but Leiva’sA�one cost them dearly. He got caught with the ball inside Mignoleta��s box, and then in an attempt to deal with that he passed the ball to Vardy. Yup, Jaime Vardy, the man who went on an 11 match scoring streak, who stroked the ball in to give Leicester some hope. But thankfully that was all it was, and Leiva managed to finish the match without any further errors in judgement.
Lingard was so bad on Saturday, that he himself put up an Instagram post and hashtagged it #wayoffit. Mourinho, thought that the youngster might be able to prove himself and maybe even grab a goal, but fate had other ideas. Instead Mourinho subbed him off at half time for Marcus Rashford, who was a bright spark in a dull United side.
MID: Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City)
Stoke City were beyond poor against Tottenham, who thrashed the Potters at the Bet365 stadium. Any player from that poor display of football could have been picked, but unfortunately it seems that Imbula has made the cut. His ability to stay anonymous through the match was sensational and despite playing as a CDM, he made only one tackle and failed at that too.
MID: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
For a 100 million pound man, Paul Pogba has so far not been worth his price. Although he showed some glimpses of quality during the derby, he was pretty quiet for most of the match. One might say that he was playing in a position not meant for the Frenchman, who was brought in to cut and thrust, rather than chase shadows around the pitch. Thata��s Fellainia��s job right?
MID: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)
He had a sensational season last term with Dortmund and now hea��s being subbed off at half time! He was clearly not fit and looked uncomfortable for 45 minutes. Making his debut, against City, he looked a shade of his former self and was clearly not ready to make his appearance in the Premier League yet.
MID: Daniel Amartey (Leicester City)
Na��golo Kante was a revelation last year for both Leicester City and the world. He showed a certain kind of finesse as a midfielder destroyer and yet had this calmness about him. So to compare a 21 year old, still new to the Premier League to him, is a burden for anyone. But given the facts, Amartey was far far short of what Kante ever was yesterday, as his team got thrashed 4-1. He attempted two tackles and saw both miss their targets, and failed to stop Liverpool multiple times during the ninety minutes. For all his efforts however, the Ghanaian national was awarded the yellow card, 30 minutes into the game.
ST: Sadio Berahino (West Brom)
It was an afternoon to forget for the 23 year old and West Brom, as a late goal handed them their second defeat of the season. Tony Pulis however was unhappy with the way things have been going lately and even said that his (Berahino) goal drought is not surprising. a�?For over a season Sadio has been wrapped up in where he’s going and he’s playing in the top league in the world,a�� said Pulis in an interview. He further went on a�?He has to understand, unless you’re on it physically and mentally, then you’re not going to be the top striker that he isa��
ST: Lucas Perez (Arsenal)
A disappointing debut for the Arsenal man, Perez kept drifting out into wide positions. The 17 million pound man took only one shot during his debut at the Emirates and was eventually subbed off for Oliver Giroud. Brought on by Arsenal as a replacement for the Giroud, Perez needs to start performing and as manager Arsene Wenger said, a�?Let’s give him time and not judge him too quickly.a��