10 of the Most Underrated Players in the Premier League
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The Barclay's Premier League is full of footballing talent, but which talents are going un-noticed, un-appreciated and un-played?
Good enough to play at PSG and feature for the French national side, but not to get a consistent starting place for Palace? The French midfield maestro has a great range of passing and his quality was further exemplified by Newcastle’s struggle after his departure last season. He deserves to be the first name on Allardyce's team sheet.
A Champions League winner, who overcame a debilitating disease to return to football, and still offers a solid, dependable presence in midfield for West Brom. While he’s not the force he once was his quality is still apparent, especially at a time when Michael Carrick’s closely comparable qualities are once again being lauded by fans of the Premier League.
Burnley are a team who traditionally spend very little and struggle to hold on to their better players, (think Fletcher, Ings, Trippier). Michael Keane is a defensive stalwart that Manchester United will arguably be regretting the sale of and at only 23, he has immense potential.
All the hype surrounding John Stones, and his portrayal as the bright young hope of English defending, has let Michael Keane go comparatively under the radar. He could be a sound investment for a big club.
After a spell of injury Snodgrass has returned and looks sharp. Consistently a presence in under-achieving teams, he’s showed moments of real quality and could be ready for a step up.
He’s featured in Inter and Bayern squads but now plies his trade under Mark Hughes at Stoke and is undoubtedly a star turn within the squad. His quality is unquestionable but his history of being sold on by bigger clubs does beg questions about his temperament.
Virgil Van Dijk
Van Dijk’s impressive athleticism twinned with his defensive awareness saw him poached from Celtic by Southampton and he’s translated well from the SPL into the English Premier League. So much so, he now looks ready for a bigger challenge and top clubs are rumoured to be sizing him up for the January window. He’d be an astute signing.
A future star, the young Sunderland stopper will have scouts sniffing around in January and beyond. He’s been consistently loaned out by the black cats but now he’s getting a chance his potential looks immense.
Burnley’s stopper recently made his way into the England squad but, in light of amazing recent form and consistent performances, deserves both a proper stint as England number 1 and a move to a higher profile club.
Collins is sometimes labelled a ‘journeyman’ or a ‘stalwart’, but he’s got a brilliant defensive brain and plays the role of ‘the old fashioned centre half’ brilliantly. Wes Morgan and Robert Huth showed the world that there’s still a place for simple, effective, tough defending and James Collins could be a great buy for someone, despite his age.
At 33 and struggling to get a starting spot at West Ham, he could add defensive solidity to another premiership club and would likely be a bargain. Personally I think he’d be a perfect purchase for struggling Swansea.
A world class wing back, now struggling to get a starting spot. While Manchester City’s squad depth is amazing at present, Zabaleta is definitely good enough to be starting at a major European club, and should be. Yes he’s received his plaudits and hence isn’t ‘underrated’ by some measures, but the fact such a brilliant full-back isn’t a guaranteed starter (be it at City, or if necessary, elsewhere,) seems criminal.