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10 unsung players from the 2015/16 Premier League season

Utsav Agarwal
ANALYST
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24.77K   //    16 May 2016, 18:34 IST
Daley Blind Shinji Okazaki
Daley Blind and Shinji Okazaki in a tussle

Each year, the Premier League produces players who perform brilliantly and get all the limelight one could ask for. But there are also players who do their job with utmost effort and put in their all, yet they get little appreciation.

These are the players who are unsung heroes for their clubs and they never fail to perform consistently without asking for much in return. Here we take a look at these selfless heroes and give them some appreciation for their hard work.

1) Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Nacho Monreal displaced Gibbs as first choice left-back

Nacho Monreal of Spain is rarely that noticeable when going forward and quite often overshadowed by his flashy counterpart Hector Bellerin on the right side. But he has made the left-back position his own by having a string of excellent performances to keep Kieran Gibbs out of the first team picture.

The man achieved an insane 2.1 tackles and 2.9 interceptions per match, besting Gibbs’ 0.8 tackles and 0.7 interceptions. Just for comparisons, he even bested his partner Hector Bellerin, who had 1.6 tackles and 1.9 interceptions. He even managed 3 assists despite being a defensive minded full-back. Truly impressive.

With him, Arsenal’s resilience to counter-attacks has improved leaps and bounds, because he is more alert defensively than Gibbs while also proving to be a reliable crosser of the ball.

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