Football is certainly a team game but all players of a team never get the credit that they probably deserve.
The Premier League is arguably the most entertaining and competitive league in Europe currently that witnesses some of the best football matches week in, week out. Over the years, the level of Premier League football has grown leaps and bounds due to the emergence of top young English players, the arrival of some of the best talents from different leagues in the world and an unparalleled influx of money.
The likes of Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne, and many more constantly hog the limelight due to their star quality, consistent impact on their teams and fan following. While there are some cases where certain players go under the radar, thus, aren’t much talked about on a daily basis.
In order to give these stars the credit they deserve, here’s we take a look at the top five underrated players currently in the Premier League.
Who are the Top Underrated Players in Premier League?
5. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
Mateo Kovacic barely fails to impress in a Chelsea shirt but continues to go under the radar. When it comes to assists and goals, he rarely has numbers to boast of but the job he does in the engine room for the Blues makes him such a crucial player to have for the manager.
The Croatian international made 42 appearances in all competitions, demonstrating his energy, passing range and experience to help Chelsea win the coveted Champions League trophy under Thomas Tuchel.
4. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United)
One of the most versatile players in the Premier League, Stuart Dallas helped Leeds United secure safety in the English top-flight last season.
In the maverick Marcelo Bielsa’s high-octane and aggressive pressing system at Leeds United, Dallas has been an outstanding player and delivered consistent performances. There was not much noise about the Northern Ireland international because he’s not a flashy footballer, someone like Raphinha.
But what makes him unique are his technical ability on the ball, tenacity, work rate and readiness to play in any role given by the manager. Last season Dallas has proved he belongs in the Premier League, not missing a single game for Bielsa’s side.
3. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
It was never easy to find personal consistency in a Southampton side that was chopped and changed for injuries, suspensions, and whatnot, but James Ward-Prowse captained his side extremely well last season.
Arguably the best dead ball specialist in England with an outstanding delivery on him and a sharp eye on the goal, Ward-Prowse’s ability to influence games in the final third as well as perform his fair share of defensive duties for the Saints over the years has never really got him the appreciation he truly deserves.
After enjoying the best season of his Premier League career, he made it to the provisional England squad for Euro 2020 only to be left out from the final 26-man group by Gareth Southgate.
3. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton last summer and made a telling impact in his debut campaign in north London, starting every single league game.
Full of energy, dogged and reliable, the Denmark international is a manager’s dream. He is as solid as midfield destroyers come and never shies away from making his presence felt on the opposition.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg quietly goes about his business in midfield and often posted a 7/10 performance for Spurs. Yet, even during his Southampton days, the Danish midfielder wasn’t talked as much as his illustrious colleagues.
1. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Chelsea‘s Cesar Azpilicueta is living proof of an underrated footballer. Since arriving at Chelsea from Marseille back in 2012, he has proved himself to be a true leader and what makes the defender stand out from the rest is his persistent nature and consistency levels.
The Spaniard has helped the Blues win so many titles and trophies in his nine-year stay at Stamford Bridge so far, making himself known as one of the most reliable performers in the modern era of Premier League football. Truly, it is difficult to define Azpilicueta.
I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.