Five Premier League players who are ‘stealing a living’

Date published: Tuesday 1st December 2015 10:59

Papy Djilobodji: Defender has left on loan

Papy Djilobodji: Defender has left on loan

With Richard Wright making Manchester City’s bench on Saturday, TEAMtalk considers the five players we feel are stealing a living in the Premier League this season.

Richard Wright
Oh, how the footballing world was praying for Manuel Pellegrini to pull Willy Caballero off at the weekend. With first-choice keeper Joe Hart injured, Caballero was entrusted against Southampton on Saturday. As a result, Richard Wright made a Premier League matchday squad for the first time since 2012, the same year he signed for Manchester City.

Since the start of the 2010/11 season, Wright has played three games, comprising 187 minutes and conceding six goals.

Just consider the facts: Richard Wright has not conceded a Premier League goal for nine years. The last man to score a goal against him in the top flight? John O’Shea. He’d better find his passport, because Paris beckons next summer.

 

Victor Valdes
The whole Victor Valdes thing has been a bit weird, hasn’t it?

Having signed for Manchester United in January of this year, the purchase of Valdes was seen as shrewd business by Louis van Gaal. The Spaniard was only a few months removed from ending a 12-season long, 21-trophy winning spell with Barcelona. Injury may have curtailed his career at the Nou Camp, but United were signing a hugely experienced keeper for free at just 32.

Following disagreements about ‘philosophy’ and ‘match rhythm’, Valdes’ proposed 18-month stay is sure to end some time soon. The 33-year-old has made just two Premier League appearances for United; he has played three games in the Under-21 Premier League.

The row over his situation at United shows no sign of abating any time soon either – after Mrs Valdes got involved on social media after her husband was excluded from a charity event at Old Trafford. It’s charity, for goodness sake!

 

Papy Djilobodji
What do you do when you’ve just won the Premier League with a 63-year-old central defensive pairing who featured in every single game? For your transfer deadline day you purchase a centre-half from the Championship and loan him straight back, and you sign Papy Djilobodji.

Djilobodji signed a four-year contract upon joining in the summer from Ligue 1 side Nantes for £2.7million, and has played one match – as a substitute for Radamel Falcao in the Capital One Cup. Jose Mourinho failed to select the Senegal international in his 25-man Champions League squad, and Djilobodji was named in a Premier League matchday squad for the first time this season against Spurs on Sunday. It hasn’t exactly been Papy’s fun house.

And for anyone wondering, Tuesday marks Djilobodji’s 27th birthday. Papy birthday indeed.

 

Sylvain Marveaux
Back in the summer of 2011, a transfer battle was brewing; Liverpool and Newcastle were locking horns over a promising 25-year-old winger from Ligue 1. That man’s name was Sylvain Marveaux.

Marveaux eventually joined Newcastle after failing to agree terms with Kenny Dalglish’s Reds, and the Frenchman enjoyed a relatively positive start under Alan Pardew. Marveaux played 57 games in all competitions in his first three seasons, including playing a role in their fifth-placed finish in his first season, as well as their Europa League campaign the following one.

That isn’t the full story. Since joining Newcastle four-and-a-half years ago, Marveaux has started 13 Premier League games, the last of which came in March 2014. Marveaux-less, in every sense.

 

Steve Sidwell
A two-time FA Youth Cup winner with Arsenal, a record-breaking Championship winner with Reading, a short spell with then Premier League champions Chelsea, and a subsequent journeyman spell in the Premier League; Steve Sidwell has had a delightful career. You’d be forgiven for forgetting where he is now.

Steve Sidwell was as in demand as Steve Sidwell can get in the summer of 2014, a free agent after his contract at relegated Fulham had expired, with the last decade of the Premier League featuring his ginger locks. Stoke stole a march on the rest and bagged what seemed an experienced bargain.

Injury curtailed a month of his debut season, but the 32-year-old has barely featured since joining. The central midfielder made five Premier League starts in his first season, and has featured just once – as a 12-minute substitute against Liverpool on the opening day – in this campaign. He hasn’t even been on the Stoke bench in the league since a mid-September defeat to Arsenal.

Matt Stead

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    James Marshment
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    With Richard Wright making Manchester City’s bench on Saturday, TEAMtalk names five players stealing a living in the Premier League.

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    #720154
    banjo_chuckers
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    Does playing every week like a three legged donkey while earning 1,2 million every month count as stealing a living in this thread?

    It’s not just Chelsea I goof on!

    Although I could mentioned Falco….. 🙂

    #720173

    Johnny Utah
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    Daniel Sturridge who can’t play if he gets a paper cut.
    Yer man Wimmer at Spurs. Does he really exist?
    Charles N’Zogbia.

    #720174
    banjo_chuckers
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    I’ve heard of Wimmer…never seen him mind you, but I do know the name.

    #720191

    Johnny Utah
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    Not to be picking on Spurs but, is Michael Vorm hiding in Kevin Wimmer’s house?

    #720201
    banjo_chuckers
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    To be slightly fairer to Vorm, he has appeared in a couple of Thursday night games and generally keeps a seat warm most Saturdays…

    #720259

    Johnny Utah
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    Fair enough Banjo. How about the Newcastle squad then? lol I probably should be more specific, I think his name is Weim De Jong at the toon? He was supposed to be quality?

    #720264

    Johnny Utah
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    Sorry, its Siem De Jong, then there’s Revieire, Gouffran and Thauvin.

    #720287
    Manthistle
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    Gibson at the Toffees.
    Wes Brown has played once all season at Sunderland and was shown a red card.
    Lindegaard at west brom

    #720299

    mufc
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    Remember Robinson the Bolton LB, always played but was so terd he may as well be stealing a living.

    #720323
    SensibleS7
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    If anybody did catch the interview on Talksport Drivetime yesterday, Jamie Vardy has set up an academy to allow footballers in the non-league to be scouted by the bigger clubs and to be allowed the same opportunity that he was given when he was in that position himself.

    Some footballers from moves to other clubs just don’t work out – ala one example in Fernando Torres.

    Others however are pretenders; the Premier League have a few of them, and Liverpool themselves have had plenty!

    #720350
    redblood
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    Fellaini,Rosicky,Flamini,Arteta,Obertan….and where on earth is J.Cole,i wonder!!!!.Has anybody heard where M.Marin is these days,the man was signed for £8.8m by Chelsea few years back,still alive,was supposed to be on 60k p/w????.Falcao still around!!!!.

    #720356
    SensibleS7
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    Redblood, mate, Joe Cole went to Coventry, recently taking a pay-cut.

    We can’t really include him in this thread as he could easily have gone America to ‘earn a living’, but signed for a League 2 team.

    Cheers

    #720362
    Alfie07
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    Adebayor should get a mention.

    #720363

    Johnny Utah
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    Adebayor is not a PL player.

    #720382
    redblood
    redblood
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    Nil,it is only a short-term loan i believe,so because he is still under contract at Villa,that makes him a PL player!!!.

    #720532

    Paxman
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    I think the title of this is harsh. I mean for example Valdes wants to play, as he is not going to he wanted to move. I don’t see how he can be accused of stealing a living, more like being held captive but being paid. As far as Richard Wright, someone has to be number 3 keeper, do we have to level the stealing a living tag at every number 3 goal keeper in the country, I agree with Banjo, being on top money and an automatic starter but not putting the effort in is more stealing a living.

    By the way teamtalk in case you didn’t know match day is only a small part of a professional footballers activities, there is more time on the training field, in the gym, and doing community work than the 90 mins on a Saturday.

    One could say that a journalist trotting out a misleading headline, with a link to one of their stories (Teamtalks) is in fact himself stealing a living.

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    Johnny Utah
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    Paxman, I think you are taking things a bit to seriously. Also, Richard Wright used to be an England keeper and was once signed for big money. He really has been stealing a living since he got that move!

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    banjo_chuckers
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    I think Barndoor comes under “stolen a living” as he doesn’t even play anymore, retired 4 years ago…. 🙂

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    Paxman
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    I would put Barndoor in that category, but what I was trying to point out is that the first time I heard a footballer stealing a living was on Soccer Saturday last season when one of the pundits said that Ozil was stealing a living, being on that sort of money and just strolling about during a match, by the way he has been far better this season. I think taking the money into consideration Rooney could have been on that list as stealing a living, 18 months to score as many goals as Vardy in 11 games.

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