7 of the Premier League’s most underrated footballers
September 9, 2016
Overrated or underrated, it seems that no player can ever be just ‘rated’ in the world of football. So in line with that, here’s seven of the Premier League’s most underrated chaps.
Nacho Monreal – Arsenal
Arguably one of the most consistent players in the Premier League, over the last three seasons.
World-class full-backs are a rare commodity in the Premier League, nowadays. However, Arsenal possess two, but yet it's just Hector Bellerin who gets the plaudits because he's deemed a more exciting player.
Fernandinho – Manchester City
Take Sergio Aguero, David Silva or Vincent Kompany out of that Manchester City side, and you'd notice it - but they'd cope. However, remove the unsung hero, Fernandinho, and the Citizens are more liable to start shipping goals.
So valuable to the former Premier League champions, that Pep Guardiola has revealed that he's considering developing Fernandinho into a centre-back. Can't underestimate the power of versatility.
Erik Lamela – Tottenham Hotspur
Just one of two players that remain from the big Gareth Bale money splurge that Spurs went on.
The former Roma attacker has a determination and grit - coupled with his creativity - that makes him invaluable to a Lilywhites frontline that consists of a lot of players who wouldn't say 'boo to a goose'.
Cheikhou Kouyate – West Ham
Nothing short of the pillar that keeps West Ham United in line.
Liverpool and Southampton's recruitment departments are not exactly strangers, but how about someone making the move the other way for a change?
Claude Puel's arrival on the south coast has sparked a revival for Charlie Austin, but Sturridge represents a step up in quality, and St Mary's could be the perfect place for him to recapture his best form.
Antonio Valencia – Manchester United
Antonio Valencia; explosive, strong and reliable. Signed for £16million in 2009, and is now, without doubt, one of United's best value signings ever.
Adam Lallana – Liverpool
Makes the Reds tick, but does it all 'under the radar'. However, the Liverpool side certainly miss the England international's subtle impact when not around.