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Ball of Shame Decathlon event #7: The 10 Premier League players who go to ground easily

Today’s fast-paced Premier League leaves little room for the genuinely fat footballers of old, but when our Ball of Shame team took a look at official Premier League stats for the first half of the season, it was clear that fatness of mind persists in the English top flight...

by Sean Goff | January 10, 2014

Our seventh #BallofShame Decathlon event reveals which players have gone to ground the most readily in the Premier League this season.

Below are the 10 Premier League players who’ve drawn the most fouls for every 90 minutes they’ve spent on the pitch. To keep it fair, we’ll only look at players who made 10 appearances or more in the first half of the season.

Today’s bronze medal goes to Everton’s Ross Barkley, who seems to have found the pressure of being the side’s new golden boy a bit too much and has possibly been going to ground regularly to compose himself.

Fulham’s ageing midfielder Giorgios Karagounis appropriately takes our silver medal. Originally released in the summer, he signed on for another year at the last minute. At 36 he’s getting on a bit and seems to be pacing himself with a series of micro-naps.

From the creakingly aged to the impetuousness of youth, Adnan Janujaz has quickly built a reputation for falling over strategically, with three yellow cards to his name for diving already this season. All these trips to the ground have added up to win him a gold medal here.

So that’s a first medal for Manchester United, a second for Fulham and a massive four in total for Everton from our seven events so far.

  • Tomorrow ‘Hit and Hope’ will look at the players who prefer hoofing the ball long rather than using a measured pass.

Stats up to and including December 29.


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