5 most underrated players of the Premier League season

Liverpool v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One
Liverpool left-back has been in top form since his arrival

Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy following their stalemate with relegation battlers Huddersfield Town at the Etihad stadium. The club's third league title in 8 years, City could embark on a long spell of success given their current position and facilities at the club.

With the season drawing to a close, we take a look at the five most underrated players in the Premier League this season, who could also be influential in the years to come.

#5 Andy Robertson

Liverpool's Scottish left-back and second best signing of their season, Andy Robertson has been nothing short of influential for the club. The £8m signing from Hull quickly settled into life at Anfield and displayed performances of heart, grit and determination.

The industrious full-back with bags of energy and intensity lifts the Anfield faithful every time he embarks on a rampaging run down the left flank or puts in a shuddering tackle. Robertson has taken to Liverpool just as they have taken to his style at Anfield.

Manager Klopp should receive credit for signing the young full-back who has been superb for the club and has integrated exceptionally well into the heavy metal style of football being played at Anfield. The Scotsman is definitely one of the most underrated players in the league.

#4 Wilfried Ndidi

Leicester City v Southampton - Premier League
Leicester City midfielder Ndidi has settled at the club

21-year-old Nigerian midfielder, Wilfried Ndidi, has been brilliant for Leicester City this season, starting every Premier League game for the Foxes. Ndidi was signed by the club in January 2017 to replace Ngolo Kante and settled into the eleven quiet quickly but took his time to adapt to the pace of the English game.

However, this campaign, Ndidi has been a rock in Leicester's midfield, shielded the defence excellently. The Nigerian is also creative while going forward, helping add numbers to the Leicester attack, and has four assists to his name. Leicester currently sits mid-table and Ndidi will be a crucial player for the Foxes, not just for the remainder of the season, but also in the future.

The Nigerian has been instrumental in his club's campaign this season and is one of the most underrated players in the league. Notably, Ndidi is also part of a well rounded Nigerian squad headed to the World Cup - A side tipped to be dark horses in the early stages of the tournament.

#3 Mamadou Sakho

Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough - Premier League
Crystal Palace defender Sakho drives past a player

Crystal Palace centre-back and stand-in captain, Mamadou Sakho has been phenomenal for Roy Hodgson every time he has played for the club this season. An experienced and aggressive defender Sakho joined Palace in January from Liverpool after falling out with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Mamadou Sakho is a smart defender with a little bit of a crazy streak in him that has to be managed well. Hodgson seems to have got the best out of Sakho as he has developed and matured into a strong central defensive presence that guided Palace to safety.

With an outside chance of making the French squad for the World Cup due to Koscienly's injury, Sakho could pip some others like Mangala, Laporte and a few other to make Didier Deschamps' France squad.

#2 Glenn Murray

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Murray celebrates for Brighton and Hove Albion after scoring in the league

A club that secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in its history last season, Brighton have gone on to create more history, as they have secured their status as a top-flight team with their 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Club veteran Glenn Murray has been instrumental in his side's successes this season. The former Crystal Palace striker has scored 12 goals for the newly promoted club this season and has guided the club to safety.

At 34 years of age, Murray has understandably been unable to start every game this season, although his performances and contributions have been influential and commendable.

Murray scored his first goal in the Premier League since December 2015 when Brighton beat West Ham United and followed it up with a penalty to bag a brace and has not looked back and continued to play and put in shifts in what has been one of his best football seasons.

#1 Ederson

Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Manchester City's last guard

Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson signed for City before the start of the season for a staggering £40m from Benfica. The 24-year-old has been vital and proved his worth playing every league game for City, guiding them to the league title. The keeper has replaced Claudio Bravo as the club's number one and has shown lots of courage and confidence between the sticks.

The keeper has produced some sensational saves in addition to showing great ball distribution which makes him the perfect goalkeeper for Pep Guardiola. While few believe he is better than de Gea, he is showing all signs of a great keeper and the 24-year-old is set to be the club's number one keeper for a long time.

Developing into one of the best keepers in the world, Ederson will be soon in the same bracket if not already with David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Manuel Neuer, Keylor Navas, and Jan Oblak. Ederson has kept 14 clean sheets this season behind only De Gea and has had an excellent impact on the Premier League and turned City's defence into a formidable force.

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Edited by Shambhu Ajith
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