EPL: The Top 6 Underrated players
The premier league is known to be one of the best leagues in the world and the players here are considered to be the best of the lot. But the sole way to judge players now is to see how many times a striker gets on a scoresheet, the assists a midfielder gives and the clean sheets defenders and goalkeepers keep. There are many players who give their 100% in every game and play a significant part but hardly get the limelight.
It would be difficult to reach out to every underrated player, so I’ve picked one from each of the top six teams currently as their hard work has clearly shown on the table:
1) Tomáš Rosický (ARSENAL)
Clearly, in my opinion, the most underrated player in the premier league. When he was bought from Dortmund, a lot was expected from him, but injuries spoilt his chances of first team action and now slowly he’s clawed his way back up, making his way into the top players at the club, getting on the teamsheet for every game and being seen all over the pitch from the first to the last minute.
2) Park Ji-Sung ( MANCHESTER UNITED)
When you play along the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, the legendary Scholes and Giggs, you know how hard life can get. Making it to the field is one question and performing to your highest potential in those occasional chances, is another. People have always admired the calm and composed attitude of the South Korean and few doubt his capabilities, but with the highly attacking squad that Sir Alex has, along with new purchases like Ashley Young, Park has had a tough time. If played regularly, there is no question on the havoc he can create.
3) Dirk Kuyt (LIVERPOOL)
Similar to Park, Kuyt has had to fight for his place with the new signings that Kenny Daglish brought in and whenever given an opportunity, has given his best to the game. Termed by commentators as the most committed player on the pitch for the reds, he has made full use of Carrol’s and Henderson’s failing form. His most significant contribution in recent times remains the goal in extra time against Cardiff city in the Carling cup final,which eventually got cancelled out, but helped bring the trophy back to Anfield.
4) Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany (MANCHESTER CITY)
If you’ve registered your team in the Fantasy Premier League, with him on your team, there would be no need to tell you the contribution he has made for the Citizens this season. Working his was up to one of the best centre backs in the league, few would have thought he would develop into a player of such calibre after a transfer from Hamburg. Winning the “Manchester City’s Player of the season” award last season, he is now a fierce leader, but the goalscoring form the club has been in this year has somewhat sidelined his efforts.
5) Daniel Andre Sturridge ( CHELSEA)
At just 22 years of age, he hasn’t yet reached his peak, and once he does, he would be a player to look out for. Generally not being in the limelight with Drogba and Torres upfront for the blues, he has been giving his best switching from the central position to the right wing, whenever asked to. Making it to the England national team would be very a tough task given the likes of Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott in that position, but his efforts would not go unseen in the coming years.
6) Demba Ba (NEWCASTLE UNITED)
Voted as the best signing in the 2011/12 season by Premier league managers, it just shows the admiration the Senegal striker has received. Being fourth on the top scorers list this season (next to Van Persie, Rooney and Aguero), he has been a annihilating force for goalkeepers. But, still with transfer speculation all around the globe, hardly any clubs have been looking towards him. Even though he has just signed a contract at Newcastle, he would very much be worth splashing the cash to break the contract. His techniques of goal scoring have been amazing and he just doesn’t seem to be done yet.