With stars like Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, there is no short of these superlatives, gaining praise from managers, teammates, pundits, and fans every time they are on the field. These are the few names that considered Superstars and for obvious reasons.
However, there are some players who are consistently playing their trade in the top flight. These are the unsung heroes, who, unlike their illustrious teammates, don’t get the applause or attention they so deserve. Just because they don’t get to score more goals, they fail to catch the eyes. However, some of these players are the backbone of their teams and are always playing a pivotal role to keep the team together. Here’s to the most underrated players in the Premier League:
Everyone is praising the strike force of Liverpool and fans come in hordes to see how goals being scored. Sadio Mane and Coutinho are in the news, while Henderson and Lallana are also getting their fair share of rave reviews. But for a moment, has anyone noticed how James Milner has ended Jurgen Klopp’s search for a left-back. The veteran has been appointed to a new role, and he has been nothing short than impressive, scoring three goals and leading the way as far as assists are concerned. It’s quite obvious he is not leading the goal scoring tally, so he won’t be able to make headlines, but one thing is certain, Liverpool won’t function impressively like they are doing now without James Milner.
Not only he is underrated but was also underappreciated during his stint at Liverpool, but the way Joe Allen has transformed into a salient force at Stoke is unbelievable. His form in EURO 2016 was tremendous, and he replicated the same class in the Premier League this season. His eye for passing the ball despite in tight paces is as good as any other player in the league. Well, he is surely not one of the most regarded players in the Premier League, but surely, Stoke made a bargain of the century when they signed Joe Allen for just $13 million.
One man who has been in the blue in Pep’s era at Manchester City is Fernandinho. The Brazilian has been excellent and not just for a month but consistently and has been the backbone of Manchester City’s midfield. He is tenacious in tackle and smooth in holding the ball. It’s a shame that he doesn’t get much chance to score, but something good has happened this season with Pep Guardiola realizing the intelligence that Fernandinho has to offer as a midfielder.
Just like Jamie Vardy, Harry Arter had a similar rise to football from being a non-league player to stardom. Arter is the reason Bournemouth is thriving this season, as he has been an integral part of the team. The extraordinary energy that he possesses holds the team together and helps the team get along easily. The Cherries are in the top 10 this season but is Arter getting the deserved acclaim?
Ever since his arrival at Newcastle, Mousa Dembele was on the radar of many clubs and Tottenham were the first to sign him as Newcastle got relegated. Well, since then he has been a formidable force for Spurs and has performed outstandingly well consistently. The recent form of Dele Alli and Harry Kane’s outrageous ability to score goals may have stolen the limelight from Dembele but there’s no doubt, he is among the best midfielders in the Premier League.