The Unsung Heroes of The Top 4
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 4, 2016
The Premier League is full of world class players who take all the limelight when teams do well but are they really the players on which to pin all the success? Most teams have a player who goes under the radar and doesn’t get enough credit despite having a huge impact on their team’s performances. This is a list of the top 4 teams in the Premier League and their unsung hero.
I think it’s only fair to start with the Premier League leaders Leicester City. Without a doubt, their 2-star players this season have been Jamie Vardy, scoring 19 goals in 26 games, and Riyad Mahrez, scoring 14 goals in 25 games. But as we know, the goal scorers will always get the credit, no matter what, but we need to look deeper into things.
N’Golo Kante has covered the most ground in the Premier League, whilst providing the most interceptions and with 82% passing accuracy in 26 appearances. With Leicester I feel all players deserve an equal amount of credit, as what they are doing is phenomenal. But for me, Kante is the one who goes under the radar to keep everything together.
Second in the league is Spurs. Spurs have been spectacular this season, going against everyone’s predictions by being second in the league. With the best defensive record in the league, they don’t look like falling away anytime soon. The defence deserves a lot of credit, with the way they have played this season conceding just 20 goals, whilst at the other end, they are scoring plenty, netting 47 times. The players who get the limelight for Spurs are Kane and Alli. But I believe that the unsung hero has to be Eric Dier. He has been incredible this season, pulling the strings from deep in defence, turning defence into attack and allowing the attacking players to go on.
Arsenal have a lot of quality in their team and it’s nearly impossible to keep your eyes off Mesut Ozil; the German is in spectacular form this season and is on course to break the assist record set by Thierry Henry. Between the goalposts, Petr Cech has kept 12 clean sheets in 26 appearances.
In terms of consistency, though, Nacho Monreal has been the best left back in England this season. Reliable and comfortable on the ball, he gets up and down the wing and can cross well. Due to his consistent quality performances, he takes the unsung title.
4th in the league is Manchester City, who haven’t had the best of seasons so far this season, but there’s still time to turn it around. With important players returning, I wouldn’t count them out just yet.
The players that come to mind when you hear Manchester City are Silva, Kompany, Aguero and Yaya Toure. But in all fairness, injuries have kept these players quite this season, compared to their normal season standards. But one player who has been incredible again this season yet again is Joe Hart; the City and England number 1 has had 11 clean sheets this season. This isn’t the best in the league, but when you look at the defence in front of him this season, that is a brilliant stat for him. Regardless of clean sheets, he has also kept City in games and has won them points by himself. He has had seven different centre back partnerships in front of him already this season, with injuries hitting all four central defenders.