The Premier League is filled with incredibly talented players. The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho, Dele Alli etc., usually take all the limelights with managers, pundits and fans always waxing lyrical over their abilities and performances. But there are many unsung heroes in the league who keeps putting in strong displays one after the other, but end up flying under the radar when compared to their more illustrious teammates.
Here is a line-up comprising of eleven such under-rated players, who don’t often get the credit they deserve:
Lee Grant (GK) – Stoke City
The 34-year old has been a revelation for Stoke City in his first season. Although he has kept just 9 clean sheets in his 28 games, he has, on many occasions, kept the Potters in the game with some excellent saves – his display against Manchester United at Old Trafford remains one of the best of the season.
Antonio Valencia (RB) – Manchester United
Not always given the credit that he deserves, Antonio Valencia has flourished as a right-back under Jose Mourinho this season. His power and energy down the right-side has been key for Manchester United this season. Has chipped in with a goal and three assists.
Ben Gibson (CB) – Middlesbrough
Arguably the relegated Middlesbrough’s best player of the season, Ben Gibson has emerged as one of the most promising centre-halves in England. His displays earned him a call-up to the national team and has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
Steve Cook (CB) – Bournemouth
The Cherries centre-half has been one of their stand-out performers this season. The 26-year-old centre-back has been solid as a rock for Eddie Howe. Cook has made the most defensive actions in the Premier League (469).
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – Southampton
The former Chelsea man has really come into his own since joining the South Coast club but doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves. Has scored twice and set up four more this season and has developed into one of the best left-backs in the league.
Ander Herrera (CM) – Manchester United
While the whole world raves about N’Golo Kante, the Manchester United man has outdone the Frenchman in terms of interceptions and clearances made this season and has contributed with a goal and six assists as well. Herrera’s brilliance may have gone unnoticed because of the Red Devils’ results, but he has been a class act over the course of the campaign.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – Southampton
Has bounced back brilliantly in the last couple of seasons, after his struggles with Chelsea. His tenacity in the middle of the park, his defensive nous has been one of the brightest spots for the Saints this season.
Dusan Tadic (RW)- Southampton
The 28-year old is the one that knits the play for the Saints in the attacking third. In 31 league games this season, he has scored three and set up five more. Tadic has created 64 goalscoring opportunities as well – best by any player in the Southampton squad.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CAM) – Swansea City
Has to be the most underrated playmakers in the game in the current times. Over the past two years, Sigurdsson has been keeping the Swans afloat almost single-handedly in the Premier League. Nine goals, 13 assists and 70 chances created – those are amazing numbers, especially so considering Swansea’s position in the table.
Marc Albrighton (LW) – Leicester City
The quintessential team man, Albrighton is never the one to hog the limelight but is one of the hardest workers on the field for Leicester. Despite the Foxes struggled in the early parts of the season, the 27-year old has been one consistent performer for the team and has chipped in with two goals and six assists from the left flank.
Joshua King (ST) – Bournemouth
The Norwegian has found his home with the Cherries, after having failed to fulfil the potential and promise that he had shown since his days at Manchester United. 16 league goals this campaign with a pedigree of scoring against the big guns – Chelsea, Liverpool and United – over the course of the season has made him everyone sit up and take notice.