Eleven Premier League Players Who Don’t Receive The Credit They Deserve

Eleven Premier League Players Who Don’t Receive The Credit They Deserve
Jul 31, 2017

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The Premier League is home to many top talents that are up there with the best in the world. As the season progresses, some of these players may go on to become a top performer at their respective club whereas, some players may take a turn for the worst and ruin their reputation. Here, our Premier League Underrated XI will identify players that go under the radar by football fans and perhaps deserve more credit than what they receive.

Sergio Romero: 

The Argentine may be a surprise, given as he is the second choice goalkeeper at Manchester United. The club have rewarded his successful Europa League performances with a contract until 2021 and with Romero making 12 appearances in Europe, keeping 8 clean sheets along the way, you can see why. Romero was a huge part of the success that United achieved in Europe, most notably the clean sheet vs Ajax in the Europa League final. He also holds the record for the most appearances of any keeper for Argentina at 88. Romero may be looking to find his way into José Mourinho’s team if De Gea leaves for Madrid.

Rob Holding:

The Englishman has a great future ahead of him and played a part in the success of the England U21 team over the summer. Holding signed for Arsenal from Bolton and quickly became part of Wenger’s plans, making his debut against Liverpool on the opening day of the 16/17 season. In the final two months of the season, Holding became a regular member of Arsenal’s starting line-up, with the team winning all six of the matches he played in the Premier League. On 27 May 2017, he played the full 90 minutes in the Gunners’ 2–1 victory over Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final. Holding can become a force within the Arsenal defence with help from the likes of Mertesacker, perhaps the young defender can make a name for himself amongst Arsenal fans and go on to appear for the England senior side.

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire recently signed for Leicester City for a fee rumoured to be around £12million and it’s easy to see why the former Premier League champions are interested in the huge presence for Maguire. Many fans may feel this is an unusual selection however, Maguire looked like a composed, powerful leader in a poor Hull City side and often found himself exposed at the back. The young defender is very strong in the air and won over 200 duels in the 16/17 season, he completed 75% of his tackles and most importantly, making no errors leading to a goal throughout the season. Maguire has the potential to be a great leader at Leicester and possesses may attribute that creates a top defender, he will be looking to solidify the foxes defensive line.

Nacho Monreal:

The Spaniard has been at Arsenal for a number of years now, he has become the first choice left-back for Wenger and has even filled in as a CB in recent games, demonstrating his versatility. Monreal is the type of player to perform at a 7/10 consistently and this type of player is often over looked, he does a great job for Arsenal and he has been rewarded by featuring in almost every game for Arsenal over the last two seasons. Monreal is an all round solid defender and his work rate is often over looked by other fans, the Spaniard will have to continue to perform once again this season as Arsenal have completed the signing of Kolašinac.

Mousa Dembélé:

Dembélé is one a player who can go through a game un-noticed, dictating play and influencing the tempo. He can control the midfield and works exceptionally well alongside a defensive midfielder like Dier or Wanyama. Many Spurs fans who watch the powerful midfielder week in, week out, will see the importance of Dembele, however, many football fans are unable to see how Dembélé glides past players and creates attacks with ease for Spurs. He is rarely considered as one of the best midfielders in the league because he fulfils his roles and many fans struggle to analyse his game. However, after appearing 30 times in the 16/17 season, he has become an integral part in the progression of the club.

Idrissa Gueye:

Gueye became a fan favourite in the blue side of Merseyside after drawing comparisons with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté after just a handful of appearances for Everton. The tenacious midfielder signed from Aston Villa and became one of the first names on the Everton team sheet after quickly becoming one of the league’s best tackler while making bundles of interceptions. Gueye is another player that may go under the radar to many fans, but Evertonians have always been impressed. The Senegalese midfielder made over 100 tackles (highest in the league) and completing 86% of his passes. Everton have made numerous signings in the current window but many Everton fans believe Gueye can lead Everton to a top 6 finish this upcoming season.

Ander Herrera:

Herrera was recently linked with a move away to Barcelona which proves how much the Spaniard has progressed under José Mourinho. Since joining United in 2014, the technical midfielder has made over 80 appearances for United under a number of different managers and has been utilised in a number of different positions. The unsung hero has become a key part of the United team, playing a huge part in the European success and leading United back into Europe again. The Spaniard completed nearly 70 passes a game and registered 6 assists in just over 30 games throughout the 16/17 PL season, which is a good return for a box to box midfielder who likes to dictate play. Herrera is very effective alongside a defensive minded player such as Carrick, which allows Herrera to drive forward with the ball and create many counter attacks for the direct attackers.

Manuel Lanzini: 

Manuel Lanzini is evidently very technically gifted, proven by his close control dribbles and his split second movement which can leave defenders mesmerised. Unfortunately, West Ham United under performed throughout the 16/17 season but one positive that Hammers fans can take from the disappointing season is that Lanzini looks to be the perfect creator for Bilić and can prove to be a very effective player in the future. Lanzini scored 8 goals in the 16/17 season, created 56 chances and completed 87% of his passes.

Pedro:

Pedro signed for Chelsea from Barcelona as a winger and quickly settled into Chelsea, appearing for the blues over 60 times under two different managers. Although the spotlight focused on Hazard throughout the title winning season, Pedro scored 9 goals and assisted 9 in just 26 starts, a great return for the hard working Spaniard. Pedro improved massively under Conte, who has transformed the tricky winger into an attacking threat, scoring many spectacular goals along the way, two of which won the Premier League’s goal of the month. Pedro is ageing as seasons pass by but Conte will definitely be looking to allow him to grow as a player and play a key part in the club’s success.

Olivier Giroud:

Giroud is adamant that he wants to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal after the club have recently signed Alexandre Lacazette. The French international is rarely regarded as a top Premier League striker but his goalscoring record says otherwise. Clubs such as West Ham and Everton are closely linked to the dominant forward after his future at the Emirates looks bleak with the addition of Lacazette. Signing for under £10million back in 2012, Giroud has made over 60 appearances for France and continues to be the first choice striker for Didier Deschamps. Since joining Arsenal, Giroud has scored 10+ goals in every Premier League season albeit, facing competition from Alexis Sánchez and Theo Walcott which has led to many of his appearances coming off the bench. The 6 foot 4 powerhouse has scored 25 headed goals in English football’s top-flight and continues to work for his place in the team.

Josh King:

Josh King is perhaps the most under rated player in the Premier League. As a result, Bournemouth finished 7th highest scorers, above Manchester United. The Norweigan International joined Bournemouth in 2015 and has faced some setbacks, however, the forward scored Premier Leagues goals last term in just 31 starts, a great return considering the team he plays for. Scoring a goal every 170 minutes, King has found his scoring boots after recording more game time compared to the previous year. King has been linked away from the coast and a club such as Tottenham or Liverpool would be a good fit for the 25-year-old.

Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below! Who would make it into your Premier League Underrated 11?

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