Defensive error top 10 featuring THREE Liverpool defenders! Guess who?

first_imgOne of the salient themes in the Premier League this season has been defensive frailty.From Manchester United, through Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, it seems as though pretty much all of the traditionally ‘big’ teams are struggling at the back – with the exception of Chelsea.The excellent defensive displays of Southampton and West Ham are largely to explain their fantastic starts to the season, with the Saints in particular boasting a level of organisation and solidity that the top flight’s biggest can only dream of.But which players are the biggest culprits of defensive errors? It is just down to defenders, or a midfielders and goalkeepers responsible for their side’s lapses?Click the arrow to see who has committed the most errors this season… 10 10 10 3. Alberto Moreno – Three defensive errors (leading to two goals) – Click the arrow for more – Another of Liverpool’s summer acquisitions, the Reds’ £15m signing of Alberto Moreno has largely underwhelmed. Despite showing glimpses of his true talents, the Spaniard’s time on Merseyside has largely been overshadowed by defensive lapses, with Moreno have recorded three errors in the league, two leading to goals. 10 10 10 7. Martin Skrtel – Three defensive errors (in 810 mins game time so far) – Click the arrow for more – As one of Liverpool’s more senior stars Martin Skrtel is expected to lead the defence by example, but that has been questionable at times this season. In the nine league matches the Slovakian has featured in, Liverpool have conceded 14 goals, with the Kop defender making three defensive errors in that time. 10. Jordi Amat – Two defensive errors (in 315 mins game time so far*) – Click the arrow to see which defenders have been more error prone! – Check through our slideshow of the most error prone defensive players so far this Premier League season (*correct on 11 November 2014). Swansea’s Spanish defender enjoyed a relatively solid debut season in the Premier League last season, but this season he has struggled to establish himself. Amat has registered four appearances for the Swans this season, owing largely to a knee injury suffered in September, but during the time he was on the pitch he has been far from convincing, making two defensive errors. 2. Vito Mannone – Three defensive errors (leading to three goals) – Click the arrow for more – It is perhaps a little unfair to point a finger of blame at goalkeepers when it comes to conceding goals, but in this case Vito Mannone’s three errors cannot go unrecognised. The Sunderland ‘keeper has conceded 17 goals in the league so far this season, including eight against Southampton and as such has lost his place in the starting XI. 10 5. Jack Colback – Three defensive errors (leading to one goal in 968 mins) – Click the arrow for more – Colback caused something of a minor stir by moving from Sunderland to Newcastle over the summer, and while his performances have been encouraging, the flame-haired midfielder’s game hasn’t been free from error. So far, he has made three errors, one of which ended in a goal. 9. Federico Fazio – Two defensive errors (in 156 mins game time so far) – Click the arrow to see which defenders have been more error prone! – Tottenham’s summer signing Federico Fazio has endured a stuttering start to life in England. Two red cards – one in the Premier League, one in the Europa League – have been two massive blots on his copybook, but when he has been on the pitch he has been far from convincing. In just two league fixtures, Fazio has made two defensive errors. 4. Mauricio Isla – Three defensive errors (leading to one goal in 810 minutes) – Click the arrow for more – QPR surprised many by landing the Chilean on loan from Juventus, a move that has seemed inspired in recent weeks. Although he is an early contender for Rangers’ player of the year with his buccaneering play, the 26-year-old has also been a little careless at the back, making three errors, one of which resulted in a goal. 1. Dejan Lovren – Four defensive errors – Liverpool’s £20m summer signing arrived with an excellent reputation following a stellar season with Southampton, but he has largely failed to live up to that promise. Indeed the Croatian defender leads the way in the Premier League for defensive errors with four, while his Liverpool side have conceded 15 goals in the league so far, five more than at this same stage last season. 8. Wojciech Szczesny – Three defensive errors (in 990 mins game time so far) – Click the arrow for more – It’s perhaps a little unfair to include goalkeepers on this list, but as the last line of defence, they should be the least error-prone individual on the pitch. Despite his shot-stopping ability, Szczesny has been far from error-prone, making three clear errors, although he is yet to be punished for his lack of concentration. 10 10 6. Phil Jagielka – Three defensive errors (leading to one goal in 990 mins game time) – Click the arrow for more – The Everton and England stalwart is considered to be one of the Premier League’s finest defenders, but even Phil Jagielka is susceptible to error as he has shown this season. An ever-present in the Toffees backline, Jagielka has made three defensive errors in his 11 league matches, with one directly resulting in a goal. 10last_img

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