Garth Crooks has made a hilarious choice of a Newcastle player for his Premier League team of the week.
The funny part isn’t that the BBC pundit has picked one of the Newcastle team after the display against Hull City, it is the identity of the particular player.
Proving once again that people like Crooks haven’t got a clue, he has gone for Fabricio Coloccini as one of the two best centre-backs amongst Premier League defenders of the weekend.
The irony being of course that the United Captain had a shocker and was by far the worst player amongst the fourteen John Carver used, single-handedly almost sabotaging the win with shocking errors that almost handed goals to Hull on at least two occasions, while his all round play was poor as well.
This was reflected in our new interactive player ratings for Saturday’s match, with thousands of fans giving the fourteen players their individual marks and Coloccini being bottom by a mile. Coloccini’s feeble rating of 5.3 in marked contrast to United’s real man of the match Remy Cabella who received an average 8.3 from the Newcastle supporters.
The clue as to Garth Crooks’ choice comes with his explanation of Coloccini’s selection;
‘This was a terrific team performance by Newcastle United and newly-appointed boss John Carver. Fabricio Coloccini’s clearance off the line was a telling moment in the game for the Magpies, but not as important as the decision by the assistant referee, who spotted a handball by Ahmed Elmohamady and correctly disallowed the goal. An excellent team performance by Coloccini and his colleagues facilitated by superb refereeing by Phil Dowd and his assistant.’
Clearly Crooks has seen that moment when Tim Krul touched the ball onto Coloccini, who did well to be in the right place to then clear ,but who otherwise was terrible.
The BBC pundit obviously making an assumption that Colo had done OK otherwise and that this one moment could be put forward as though he had a clue what he was talking about overall.
The full Garth Crooks team of the week on BBC Sport was;
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Daley Blind (Man Utd)
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Jonathan Walters (Stoke)
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)