‘He’s a real handful’
This commentator’s cliché has established itself as a premium compliment in modern football, with pundits gushing praise over those who can bring defenders to their knees.
The best thing about this remark is that it can be used to describe players on either end of the height spectrum. The towering, bulky figures often hustle and bustle their way through defensive rearguards whereas the petit playmakers require a swarm of defenders before they’re stopped in their tracks.
As the Premier League creeps up to the halfway stage, I have decided to compile a collection of players that you never want to see listed in the opposing starting line-up.