Offering their insights on the year that was in the Premier League, Jeff Stelling quizzed his fellow talking-heads on who they believed were the biggest flops of the year in the top flights.
Phil Thompson was the first to offer a name, calling out Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor for “not showing the ability which he’s got.” Paul Merson stormed in behind Thommo to lambaste the Togolese striker, arguing that model professionals such as Ryan Giggs highlight Adebayor’s poor attitude after securing a lucrative contract at the Gunners last summer.
Next, it was the turn of Charlie Nicholas to finger-point, arguing that Michael Ballack has woefully underperformed for Chelsea this year saying “he doesn’t look like he fits into the Chelsea set-up.” Nicholas contrasted Lampard’s impact at the Blues compared with Ballack’s week in, week out performances in order to strengthen his case, before Merse piped up with a limited defence of the German saying he believes that Ballack “finds it difficult not being the top, top man.”
Thommo then turned his ire on Wigan’s Amr Zaki, criticising the Egyptian for his antics at the end of the season, saying the forwards’ “attitude stinks” and calling him “a real let-down.”
The final talking-head to speak was Matt le Tissier, whose first flop was Boro’s Stuart Downing who has failed to score a goal in the Premier League all season, before turning on David Bentley, and ending off with Michael Owen.
Other names that were thrown in to the mix included Jeff’s call for Newcastle’s centre-half Fabricio Coloccini, while on the disappointing strikers, Charlie ranted against Dimitar Berbatov (“his ability should be a bit better at the level he’s playing at”) before Jeff flagged up the seasons of Roque Santa Cruz, Afonso Alves and Johan Elmander.
The discussion of the Premier League flops of the season can be seen here.