Most squads nowadays are bustling with young, dynamic players who make a fantastic impact on every game they appear in. In every team though their is often that one player who has outstayed his welcome-someone who the board would be grateful to get off the wage bill. In this article I hope to outline some of the Premierships deadwood.
5) Jussi Jaaskelainen- West Ham
After featuring in just a few games for the London club, he already looks out of touch. He lost his place to the rather flimsy Adam Bogdan last year, which in my opinion says more about how poor Jaaskelainen is, rather then the abilities of Bogdan. He is to be respected for the job he did at Bolton in the past- saving them for relegation in 2002/2003 with the help of Jay-Jay Okocha, even if his best has passed him. Look for him to struggle this year.
4) Michael Owen- Stoke
For some reason Stoke have picked this man to help assist them score above a measly 36 goals that they amassed last year. A player who has been plagued with injuries thought his career may still come good for the Potters but from a neutrals point of view, it looks a bad bit of business. Especially when they are forking out thirty grand a week for him.
3) William Gallas- Tottenham Hotspur
I can't for the life of me work out why the 34 year old has been making the starting line up, with Dawson and Caulker sitting on the bench. He has made a few useful contribution so far this year, most notably a save off the line against West Brom (who scored seconds after) and stopping Norwich scoring a second goal in the dying seconds as the opposition charged forward in numbers. Apart from this, his position has taken an alarming decline and concentration in the later stages of the game have cost Spurs the match, twice. He also happens to be earning 60 thousand a week, so the sooner he leaves, the better.
2) Kieron Dyer- Queens Park Rangers
Kieron Dyer is a former England international, but rather unfortunately has only appeared 31 times in the last 5 years. Surprisingly this dead-wood has recently been handed a one year deal to keep him at Loftus for another year, but it is unlikely he will stay beyond that. Dyer is a player who has been struck down with injuries, ability has nothing to do with his lack of playing time.
1) Sebastien Squillaci- Arsenal
On sixty thousand a week this man is sitting in the reserves laughing. A signing from the barging basement of the Spanish league he looked a real coup at £3 Million. The only issue is that whenever he plays, Arsenal seem to lose the game. Not really a good statistic considering he plays in one of the most vital positions of the pitch, centre back. I don't think Arsne Wenger is going to give this dead wood another chance, and he may be off as early as January. If anyone will take him that is.
Only this man and William Gallas actually managed to make the list twice. Not a good achievement.