Inspired by the 5 Live World Football Phone-In and a comment Tim Vickery made, I’m running this week long series to figure out just who is the worst world class player in the game today. It’s a bit of an odd question as we look to find the worst of the best. Tim said Carlos Tevez but I disagreed and polled others in the FMG family on who are the world class players today.
We got to a list of 66 which we then whittled down to the worst 16 who you, the fine readers of BFTGT, will vote for on Twitter each day this week. There will be four heats with the top two progressing to the semis then the top two from each semi to the final vote with the winner announced Monday 29 January.
Simple enough? Good. Let’s see who is in the final heat:
Dries Mertens (Napoli/Belgium)
When Arkadiusz Milik went down with a knee injury, it seemed like disaster for Napoli. It perhaps speaks volumes that we’ve all forgotten Milik because Dries Mertens stepped up massively.
Serie A’s neutral’s favourite, Napoli play a wonderful brand of football spearheaded by their Belgian dynamo. Any other nationality and Mertens would be the star at international level but with Hazard, Lukaku and De Bruyne around he’s largely forgotten by many.
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea/Spain)
Unable to displace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid twice, Morata is a top level goalscorer.
However, the wrap on him is that he doesn’t score enough to warrant being called world class. Worse still, his recent barren patch for Chelsea has left people with serious doubts over his form, fitness and quality to handle the Premier League. His goal record is decent but overshadowed by the likes of Lewandowski and Aubameyang.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/Belgium)
Undoubtedly a City legend and their best defender, Kompany’s recent years have been ruined by leg muscles more akin to Cheese Strings.
Kompany’s quality is undoubted but have the injuries taken their toll and will they count against him in this vote?
Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid/Spain)
A complete full back. That’s about all you can say about Carvajal.
He’s seen off the challenge of Danilo at Real to establish himself as their number one man at right back and he quietly goes about his business. He’s unfussy, willing to go forward and can defend to a good level. He’s world class but is his anonymous nature something to consider in this vote?
To vote, simply choose your option from the tweet below. RT it and tell us if you agree with the players involved in this heat and stay tuned tomorrow for the first semi final.
It’s the final heat in our quest to find the worst ‘world class’ player today.
The final four contenders are here so cast your vote to send two through now!
— ByFarTheGreatestTeam (@ByFarBlog) January 25, 2018