5 overrated players in the Premier League right now
- Those players that attract more plaudits than what they deserve.
Let me begin by dropping down a few disclaimers before I start on an article titled as the above so, that I can evade at least some of the criticisms, I may be facing for coming up with such a list.
Football, as much as it is a game involving 22 players chasing a fairly large, airy ball across a 115-by-74 yard pitch, is also a game of opinions. Each person has a stance that contrasts with another, and at the end of the day, no one is really 100% right or wrong.
This sport is also the world of mad fans who place their club at a level of importance higher than the oxygen they inhale, and anything that speaks well about their beloved crest is nothing short of gospels of truth. At the same time, anything opposite - can get downright sacrilegious as well.
Belonging to one of such "mighty" fanbases, it has never been an easy task to put pen on paper and discuss the "beautiful game" from a neutral point of view. But today, let me attempt to do so, and name the top five overrated Premier League players from the current season, one of who is a valued member of my own club (I'll keep the readers guessing who/what club that is):
#1. Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
I'm definitely going to face a lot of fire for this one, but let's just face it. Alisson Becker may be a great goalkeeper, but he is definitely not worth all the excessive glory that the Liverpool fans cover him with. The season even began with fans calling their new signing the best goalkeeper of the current generation, as if Thanos suddenly snapped the existence out of the likes of Neuer, De Gea, Buffon, Oblak or Ter Stegen, among others.
Becker sure lived up to a lot of hype, delivering clean sheets after clean sheets and producing proper saves, but as of late, the mistakes have started increasing. In fact, had it not been for the enormous presence of Virgil Van Dijk in defense, there would have been a lot more holes in Becker's resume right now.
Some games that come into mind are Liverpool's 2-0 defeat at Red Star Belgrade in the UCL group stages, and the Premier League games against Leicester, Arsenal, and Southampton where the Brazilian shot-stopper produced a plethora of errors, much to the joy of the opponent teams.
Undeniably though, Alisson is a huge improvement from who had previously guarded the space between the sticks for Jurgen Klopp and co.