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Five Footballers that would give you nightmares...

Saturday 18th October 2014
We tasked Lee Clarke with selecting five players that he would have hated to mark, his selections are below, who would you hate to be up against on the pitch?

Everyone who has played the beautiful game knows that whether you are watching or playing there will always be players who will give you many a sleepless night.

Here I take a look at the five that I feel would be the most unpleasant to play against for a variety of different reasons.

Roy Keane

Really I have to give a reason? Is the tackle he made on Alf-Inge Haland not enough of a reason? In all seriousness Roy Keane is arguably the best defence minded midfielder of my generation and when you listen to footballers of the Premier League era speak about their ‘toughest opponent' Keane's name pops up an awful lot. Fantastic at breaking up play whether playing for Nottingham Forest or Manchester United both teams were worse off without the Republic of Ireland international.

Vinnie Jones

Any player that has the audacity to grab another man's genitalia (who can forget that image of Paul Gascoigne) would to be totally honest make me want to run a mile. Former Sheffield United and Wimbledon star Jones quite frankly has one of those faces that makes me feel slightly scared just looking at. Not that I would tell him, mind. I can't think of too many things that would petrify me more than being up against Vinnie on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon in December.

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola was one of the finest foreigner players to have ever graced the pitch for Chelsea  in the English Premier League (in my humble opinion) and he quite frankly had everything that you could wish for in a player! He could take on four players in the blink of an eye as well as being able to could score from anywhere and he would score tap-ins and world class goals. You wouldn't be able to take your eye off him as a defender as he would punish you with a flick of the back-heel.

Stuart Pearce

If there was ever a player who could epitomised what playing for England was all about it was the former Three Lions captain Pearce. His passion, desire, and wearing his heart on his sleeve Stuart Pearce had it all – and he could play a bit too! The nickname Psycho was apt for his burning spirit but his marauding runs from left-back were a joy to behold and boy could he tackle. When I think of the last player on the earth I would like to go into a 50-50 challenge with it would be Pearce. He would often put defenders in the front row.

John Arne Riise

Any man who can break someone's leg and dislocate their ankle just by firing a ball at them from ten yards has my vote as being pretty damn scary. That was the unfortunate fate suffered by Manchester United midfielder Alan Smith when Riise took aim during an FA Cup tie in 2006. Riise was another who didn't just score tap-ins his free kicks were incredible, one in particular again against United literally nearly ripped the net off.
Lee Clarke
Nottingham Forest supporter and all round football statto!

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