Every Premier League club's most mistake-prone player has been named

  • Kobe Tong

The Premier League might boast some of the best players in world football, but it also plays host to its fair share of terrible mistakes each season.

No matter how much money is invested in coaching, nutrition, training, tactical analysis and more, you can never account for players making individual errors under pressure.

Whether it’s a goalkeeper fumbling the ball into his own net, a defender bungling a back-pass to the opposition or a striker missing from mere yards out, errors are guaranteed in England’s top flight.

And although no player is completely immune to mistakes, there can be no denying that some are more guilty than others of dropping clangers from time to time.

So, in celebration of the lighter side of the game, HITC Sport decided to look at all 20 Premier League clubs’ most mistake-prone player on their YouTube channel this week.


Brought to you courtesy of The Irish Guy, you can check out the full video down below and keep scrolling for our breakdown of their 20 selections.

Arsenal – Shkodran Mustafi

There’s a lot of competition for this slot, but Mustafi gets the nod after countless defensive errors that really make you question why the Gunners ever forked out more than £30 million for him.

Mustafi’s marking in particular has been absolutely woeful, failing to adhere to some of the basics you hear screamed on Sunday League pitches like ‘get goal-side’ and ‘attack the ball.’

In my opinion, David Luiz is marginally more worthy with his penchant for conceding penalties and racking up red cards, while Granit Xhaka is also in with a shout for his erratic playing style.

Aston Villa – Pepe Reina

This seems a little harsh, but there can be no doubting that on The Irish Guy’s logic of ‘if in doubt, blame the goalkeeper’ that Reina’s worst mistakes come back to bite him.

When things go wrong for Reina, they go monumentally wrong. The example of the beachball goal at Sunderland seems a little cruel, but there’s no excusing his clanger against Everton in 2006.

Bournemouth – Dominic Solanke

Sorry, Dominic, but you seem allergic to goals. It wasn’t until his 31st game that the £19 million(!?) striker broke his duck for the Cherries and it was merely against lower-league Luton Town.

Save a handful of strikes out in the Netherlands, the mistake-prone striker only has one more professional goal to his name and that came from nearly 30 appearances for Liverpool.

Brighton & Hove Albion – Shane Duffy

Hmm, I’m unconvinced. I feel there’s some bitterness from The Irish Guy going on here when you consider he immediately referenced Duffy’s red card during the Euro 2016 defeat to France.

And while, yes, Duffy was poor during Brighton’s 5-0 home defeat to Bournemouth last season, I defy anybody to tell me he isn’t one of the Seagulls’ best players while keeping a straight face.

Burnley – Joe Hart

Spot on. Hart was always guilty of the odd mistake at Manchester City, but he also happened to be one of the world’s best goalkeepers at the time, whereas that couldn’t be further from the truth now.

The then England number one was absolutely woeful at Euro 2016; made a series of mistakes on loan at Torino; was a walking liability with West Ham and little to nothing has changed at Turf Moor.

Chelsea – Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa actually enjoyed a solid first season at Stamford Bridge, but his record of 16% of shots faced conceded in the Premier League during 2019/20 is the worst since statistics were first tracked.

Combine that with the fact he’s one of the least reliable ‘keepers in Europe as well as being capable of losing his head – the 2019 League Cup final, cough-cough – and you have a pretty strong case.

Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke

Benteke burst on to the scene in south London with 17 goals, but you’d be mistaken for thinking he’s forgotten how to play football since and his scoring record is now the stuff of nightmares.

The Belgian followed up his debut season with just three goals in 30 games; dipped even further to just one strike from 19 fixtures last year and is yet to score from 16 outings this season. Woeful.

Everton – Michael Keane

Not… somebody else with that surname? Minus the ‘e’? No? Ok, fine.

There’s no denying that Keane is prone to dropping the odd clanger on Merseyside – who isn’t? – but it seems a little harsh to select the England international as Everton’s most mistake-prone player.

I would instead plump for Moise Kean who, despite recently breaking his duck, has looked a shadow of his former self since leaving Juventus and was unforgettably sub-subbed at Old Trafford.

Leicester City – Jonny Evans

To be fair to The Irish Guy, he admitted that Leicester was the hardest pick of the 20 and that Evans has reinvented himself as a top-class defender at the King Power Stadium.

Nevertheless, referencing his red card in Manchester United‘s 6-1 loss to Manchester City in 2011 – as well as a disasterclass in a 4-0 thrashing at West Ham – is still something of a reach.

Liverpool – Dejan Lovren

Duh. Just last week, Lovren was showing his frailties during the 2-2 draw with League One Shrewsbury Town, even if his trophy cabinet proves he can be world-class on the odd occasion.

However, we can’t look past his meltdown in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham in 2017, which arguably triggered Virgil van Dijk’s arrival, and his penalty shootout miss at Besiktas two years prior.

Manchester City – John Stones

Stones’ ball-playing style of football owes itself to clangers and seldom have they come more often than in England’s 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands at this summer’s UEFA Nations League.

That being said, the Englishman’s reputation often precedes him and zero ‘errors leading to goals’ in the Premier League over the last three seasons makes this selection look a tad ham-fisted.

And personally, I think Nicolas Otamendi actually owes himself to more mistakes for the Citizens and seems to have dropped his levels of performance just as Stones has been slowly raising his.

Manchester United – Phil Jones

It’s almost sad that whenever Jones steps on to the pitch, an error seems to unfold immediately and his gangly playing style comes hand-in-hand with calamity.

Jones has racked up as many mistakes for United as he has hilarious faces, flailing all over the place away to Sheffield United and scoring dire own goals against Tottenham and Valencia.

Newcastle United – Jonjo Shelvey

Claiming that Shelvey ‘misses his fair share of penalties’ seems a little bizarre when he’s converted 4/4 efforts in regulation time but, yes, failing to score in the Leicester shootout was certainly poor.

And he’s definitely worth of his place as the Newcastle choice considering his tendency to lose his temper, racking up four Premier League red cards and publicly admitting he should be dropped.

Norwich City – Grant Hanley

This doesn’t seem wrong, but it doesn’t seem bang on the money either. Besides, you could argue that the whole Norwich squad – minus Teemu Pukki – should reside here.

In the words of The Irish Guy: “I’m convinced if you were to play back a career compilation of this man’s finest moments, it would simply be six minutes of own goals, dreadful back-passes and just overall terrible defending.”

Sheffield United – Jack Rodwell

Less mistake-prone and more unlucky. Rodwell’s career has come hurtling off the rails after moving to the Etihad Stadium and no less than when he went 40 games at Sunderland without a victory.

Now, it seems unlikely that he will turn things around at Bramall Lane in a squad which has epitomised the word ‘solid’ this season, hence why nobody else came close to this slot.

Southampton – Angus Gunn

The narrative of Gunn’s season has been painful to watch, because there’s a talented goalkeeper in there, but Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t looked back since dropping him after the 9-0 Leicester defeat.

Since then, the leaky shot-stopper has been replaced by Alex McCarthy and the fact Southampton have turned their entire season around makes it unlikely that Gunn will ever get his chance again.

Tottenham Hotspur – Juan Foyth

Conceding two penalties during your first game for Tottenham is not exactly impressive, although definitely cause to make this list, and reason enough for the Irish Guy to brand him ‘cow fudge.’

It’s no wonder that his game-time has halved this season and the fact Jose Mourinho hasn’t called upon him at all during 2020 should tell you a lot about how much he trusts the Argentine.

Watford – Ben Foster

Get out of town. Ok, sure, Foster dropped an absolute clanger for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner at Vicarage Road last season, but he’s been Watford’s best player ever since he returned.

His masterclass against Aston Villa was just one example of his brilliance in 2019/20 and I’m not buying him conceding a goal to Paul Robinson 13 years ago as a valid reason for selection.

West Ham United – Roberto Jimenez

From an incorrect ‘keeper selection to a completely justified one. Our only complaint is that Roberto has actually been moved on to Alaves this month, albeit on loan until the end of the season.

However, there seems little chance of Roberto ever playing for the Hammers again when you consider his disasterclass against Tottenham and absolute howler away to Burnley.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Jonny

Ermm, yeh, if you’re a little nonplussed by this decision, then you aren’t alone, but The Irish Guy was the first person to admit he doesn’t really know who to choose in this impressive Wolves side.

Nevertheless, it’s Jonny who joins the catwalk of clanger connoisseurs for ‘sometimes being caught out of position.’ 

On the whole, The Irish Guy has got his selections spot on and it’s tough to argue with the likes of Kepa, Jones, Lovren and Roberto being named and shamed.

However, I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive him for dishing the dirt on Foster after all he’s done for Watford and that’s not to mention failing to pick the most mistake-prone ‘Kean/e’ at Everton.

But if there’s one lesson we can take from this, let it be the fact Arsenal are just so clumsy in their defence that Luiz isn’t even as bad as it gets. Talk about a worrying note to end on.

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