Some players are stars for their teams, while others are the supporting cast. Many players get the job done time and again for their respective clubs but never seem to get the recognition they deserve. This article looks into the 5 most underrated players of the Premier League.
5. Robert Huth (Stoke)
An absolute rock in the center of the defense for Stoke city, Huth has been an integral part of the very successful squad built by Tony Pulis. A massive centre back with a very good understanding of the game, Huth has never really got the credit he has deserved. Deadly on set pieces, he is one of the main reasons why teams struggle to score against an excellent Stoke defense.
4. Mohamed Diame (West Ham)
The Senegal midfielder has been turning some heads with some impressive performances over the past year for teams like Wigan and West Ham. A defensive midfielder par excellence, Diame has been the heartbeat of the West Ham team whenever he has featured. Almost as good as Yaya Toure and Makelele, he is a real asset to any team he plays for. With Arsenal looking to secure his services, he might finally get the credit he deserves.
3. Shaun Maloney (Wigan)
A vital cog in the wheel of the impressive Wigan side, Maloney is known for his set-piece accuracy, technical ability and confidence when shooting. Quickly establishing himself as a no-frills winger, Maloney has come up with some outstanding performances when they have been required the most. A calm head on his shoulders, Wigan will be looking to hold on to their understated performer for many more seasons.
2. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
Known as the Bosnian diamond in his home country, Dzeko has all the attributes of a perfect striker. A commanding presence, good technical ability, a wonderful header of the ball and a natural goal poacher, Dzeko is a complete striker. Often left on the bench in favour of more glamorous names like Aguero and Tevez, Dzeko has managed to make a telling impact whenever he has stepped onto the field. One of the most effective strikers in the Premier League, Dzeko is one of the most underrated strikers in the world.
1. Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
One of the first names on the team list every single time, Carrick is a vital member of the Red Devils. The midfield mainstay of United, Carrick keeps things ticking over with minimum of fuss. With a wonderful range of passing, good positional awareness and an eye for goal, Carrick has been an unsung hero in the success of Manchester United. Easily one of the best midfielders in the Premier league, it’s high time for us to give Carrick the recognition and the praise he deserves.Published 20 Jan 2013, 18:22 IST