English Premier League: Mikel named among most overrated players

Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel has been rated amongst seven most overrated individuals currently plying their trade as Premier League footballers.

The rating according to FTB pro was assembled by taking into account unwarranted praise, undeserved accolades and the vast wealth certain players have managed to attract for doing absolutely nothing.
Our very own Mikel Obi of Chelsea Fc is placed number 7 on the list.

Below is the list of the seven most overrated English Premier League players;

1) Theo Walcott

He might move faster than a cheetah on Red Bull (other energy drinks are available), but Theo Walcott’s pace doesn’t mask his clear shortcomings as a footballer.

Whenever I attended football trials as a young lad the coaches would always lay out the key attributes they were hoping to see on the day – vision, technique, attitude, etc. How on earth then did Walcott get selected?
The man can’t trap a bag of sand! I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve shifted forward in my seat in expectation as Walcott has run onto a beautifully weighted through-pass, only for him to then slice the cross wildly into orbit! I guess running and kicking at the same time does take practice.

In addition, he held Arsenal to ransom with exorbitant wage demands, is seen in the attached photo provoking Tottenham fans and continues to believe he’s the reincarnation of Thierry Henry.

He’s an England international, a millionaire and occasionally gets a run out for Arsenal. For all this and much more Theo has to top this hall of shame.

2) Marouane Fellaini

A £27.5 million transfer to Manchester United – Bill Kenwright must have been laughing all the way to the bank! Moyes wanted the best midfielder in the world… he didn’t even get the best midfielder at Everton!

Employed as a support striker to benefit from his aerial ability, Fellaini was at least effective, if not pleasing on the eye whilst at Everton. Since moving to the champions and shifting into a holding role in midfield, the Belgian Sideshow Bob look-a-like has appeared more lost than a musician at an X-Factor audition.

He’s immobile, poor on the ball and cost more than Manchester City paid for the talismanic Yaya Toure! Ouch.

The footballing world is waking up to Fellaini’s limited abilities, but he’s still operating above his station… David Moyes clearly sees something in him though.

3) Tom Cleverley

There have been some illustrious figures in the history of Manchester United’s midfield; Nobby Stiles, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes… Tom Cleverley. Hang on.

Cleverley’s not a tough tackler, doesn’t fulfil the playmaker role, isn’t a natural leader and won’t contribute goals… so what is he actually doing in there? Besides making regular appearances for both club and country! Answers on a postcard to Old Trafford.

Clearly held in high regard by someone, Cleverley absolutely must warrant a place in the list of overrated Premier League players.

4) Aleksander Kolarov

There aren’t too many foreign players in this list due to the fact that the British press and public tend to get too caught up in the fan-fair surrounding their own home-grown [lack of] talent. This has allowed Kolarov to slide almost unnoticed into the list of overrated players.

Granted he has a left foot like a traction engine and scores the type of goals Tony Yeboah would be proud of, but so would you or I if we took a shot EVERY single time we received the ball within a 60 yard radius of goal. It’s the cluster-bomb approach.

Furthermore, he’s employed as a left-back – unless I’m much mistaken that’s a defensive position. What’s he doing loitering on the edge of the opposing box for 90 minutes!? A defender’s primary responsibility is to, well, defend. I don’t think I have ever seen him carrying out his designated role.

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