Before we look forward to another weekend of Premier League action, first we look back at a weekend of controversy. The Manchester derby may have grabbed the headlines but Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla has been criticised for his blatant dive to secure a penalty against West Brom on Saturday.
He has since said he will not apologise, claiming its just something that happens in football, although he doesn’t share the opinion of the majority of fans in England. In Cazorla’s defence he isn’t known as a player who usually dives, so I name my top 5 divers currently plying their trade in the Premier League.
“Nani is not the type to dive – He’s never been that sort of player”
Nani: The unbiased words of Alex Ferguson there. The Manchester United winger hasn’t played a lot this season due to lack of form and consistency. The same can’t be said about his diving ability, which continues to infuriate opposing fans with his theatrical and often convincing dives. At least he has career to fall back on if United don’t offer him a new contract.
Suarez: At the start of the season the Uruguayan was under heavy criticism for simulation and was diving a lot even by his standards. But since his confrontation with David Moyes he has responded to his critics and has been nothing short of sensational. Credit him, he has a made a massive improvement, but given his recent history, he still comfortably makes the list.
Balotelli: The feisty Italian’s performances have been poor so far this season, with the egomaniac unbelievably looking shy of confidence. At times it looks like he would rather go for a penalty then a shot on goal. This has resulted in him only netting one this season, and both fans and team-mates are beginning to loose patience. If he stands any chance of fulfilling his potential he needs to change his mentality and stay on his feet.
Bale: The modern day Welsh wizard is known more for his barnstorming runs rather than his diving although his reputation is expanding amongst referees and certainly Spurs fans. His most noticeable dive was against Aston Villa when he avoided a challenge from Brad Guzan that never came.
There is an argument that when travelling at such pace he’s within his right to avoid crashing challenges, but if thats how he feels he wont get any sympathy from English fans, and may want to think about a move to La Liga.
Young: Even Ferguson cannot deny that Young is the type of player to dive after securing a few crucial penalties last season, and the United boss apparently “had a word with him”. Although it appears it is yet to sink in after continuing where he left off from last season, and exaggerating even the slightest of touches. The England international is undoubtedly the worst diver currently in the Premier League.