One of my favourite things about writing these types of articles is that no matter which players I choose, someone else will always have a different opinion. That is the beauty of football, and it is probably one of the main reasons why we love the game, and people like myself enjoy writing about it.
So far in the previous two positions I have covered goalkeepers and right backs, and on both occasions there was a clear winner in the vote. This time I think things will be a little closer. Also as there are two centre halfs in a team, you can vote for the two worst premier league defenders which will make things a bit more interesting.
Claudio Cacapa – When Claudio first joined the club he made a fairly positive impact, most notably a man of the match performance against Aston Villa. However soon after things started to go downhill for the Brazilian as he was blighted by injuries throughout his time here. When he did return, his performances could often only be described as abysmal, most notably after a 4-1 defeat by Portsmouth where he was substituted in the 17th minute after being caught out for three goals.
David Rozenthal – David joined the club in June 2007 for a sum of £3 million which seemed like a fair price at the time. However he only ended up playing 21 games for us before being loaned out in January, just six months after being bought. Who could blame the club? Over the course of those 21 games he consistently made poor defensive decisions, sloppy passes and numerous positional errors, this meant most fans weren’t exactly up in arms about the fact he was sent on loan.
Titus Bramble – There were moments in games when I watched Bramble and he would do something world class and it would leave me wondering why he doesn’t play for England. However five minutes later he would make a decisive error which would remind me why he isn’t picked for the national side, and it would leave me wondering why he was even being picked for us. Ability wise, Bramble had it all, however his all too frequent lapses in concentration would often be the turning point in games, so much so that I often spent my time just waiting for the next gaffe. However it wasn’t all bad, he did us a great favour in our derby last season by “deliberately” getting sent off.
Sol Campbell – When Campbell joined the club on a one year deal many thought it to be good business because, after all, on his day he is world class. However those days were long behind him, and despite being on wages rumoured to be around £80,000 a week he made only seven appearances for us. Perhaps we should be thankful that he was injured as much as he was, because in those seven games his performances could only be described as poor (at best).
Marcelino – Another of Ruud Gullit’s ‘amazing transfers’, the Spaniard joined us for a large sum of £5.8 million and was extremely hyped up. However in a year and a half at the club he made just 20 appearances in all competitions (a recurring theme, eh?). And although he was apparently named 20 times on the team sheet, I didn’t see him make any sort of impact in any of those games. The worst was still to come though, as he astonishingly refused to play for almost six weeks due to a broken finger, which most professionals nowadays would just strap up and play on with.
Jean Alan Boumsong – Like many other flops he arrived with a high price tag, this time of £8 million which was heavily criticised by the fans and media alike. In his first season he played generally well excluding one or two games, however it was in his second season when we started to see the other side of his game. Like his defensive partner Bramble, he soon started to make frequent mistakes which resulted in many fans blaming him for poor results.
Players that just avoided getting picked: Andy O’Brien, Steve Caldwell, Nikos Dabizas, Colocinni (BEFORE RELEGATION) and Ronny Johnsen.
Thank you for reading and remember to vote for the TWO worst players this time. I told you it would be a lot easier to do central defenders…