Thursday, August 11, 2022

5 Premier League Players Who Have Flattered To Deceive – Including Chelsea, Man United and Bournemouth Stars

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Jon Depp (JD)
Eccentric writer, effervescent blagger. What he lacks in cheekbones, he makes up by being cheeky. The footballing Jack Sparrow pompously navigating the high-waves of journalism. 2015 International Football Blogging Award Finalist, the pin-up boy of The 4th Official.

The international break is almost upon us again, and Premier League’s game week 7 will usher it in. Here are some of the players who have flattered to deceive in that span of time. T4o picks the worst 5.

N’Golo Kanté

The supposed next Makelele in the making has been found wanting in the biggest matches of the season. Against Liverpool, the poor lad had to run himself to the ground with a hapless Nemanja Matic as support. Despite covering the yards for two players, he was still found wanting in possession, and without. Against Arsenal, he was anonymous, completely bereft on any influence, a display that wouldn’t even befit a poor man’s Claude Makelele.

Jordon Ibe

Time will tell, but, currently, it seems like Liverpool duped Bournemouth for paying over the odds for 15 million pounds, Jordon Ibe. He was expected to tear up for Bournemouth on the right-hand side, much, in the same manner he did at the Merseyside, club, but his contribution has been anything but optimal. He has all the tools, and under the tutelage of one of the best young English managers in the Premier League, all the perfect environment, but so far, he’s not doing justice it justice.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane and August. There’s something about the month that makes ‘Arry forget his bearings. Maybe, it’s planetary alignments, or the South-easterly winds, whatever it is, he just hasn’t quite clicked. On the plus side of it is, his lack of forms has made the Tottenham team pull their weight, and find themselves in the second spot of the table. A team should be always, a sum of their parts and what not.

Henrikh “the expensive bench-warmer” Mkhitaryan 

Wait, who?

Wayne Rooney

The least said about Wayne Rooney, the better. And if you’re reading this as a United fan from Nairobi or London, it’s a topic you’d do best to avoid. Wayne Rooney is the elephant in the glass room, Paul Pogba, the bull in the china shop. An elephant by the virtue of his size and lack of mobility on the turn, if asked to play football, hypothetically, would slow the entire tempo of the team down. Whereas, a bull, while it may be blinkered, doesn’t have the same air of importance, and would be a swifter beast to include in your Beast XI. If you’re Noah, you’d definite start the bull.

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