The top 5 most overrated players list caused debate and controversy amongst readers, which is what SER Opinion’s are meant to do. Jordon now looks over the other side of the argument, the top 5 most underrated players in the English Premier League.
1. Luka Modric (Tottenham and Croatia)
What a classy player. A brilliant range of Xavi Hernandez-esque quality and a real play maker for Tottenham. Not only that, he has an eye for goal as well. His performances have perhaps been overshadowed by Defoe, Van der Vaart and Bale over the past few seasons, but there is no denying the Croatian’s quality. His passing ability is also backed up with his calmness and dribbling ability. Injuries have meant that he has not been able to get the best start this season, but when he is on form, he gets the passes on the park and is a brilliant connection between the defence and forwards for Spurs.
2. Scott Parker (West Ham and England)
Perhaps because he doesn’t play for a high profile club that he isn’t rated more, however he is a shining light for West Ham. His never say die attitude has seen him win player of the season at West Ham for the last two seasons. He provides a creative spark for West Ham and he scores some pretty memorable goals as well. His 25 yard strike against Chelsea last season was one of the goals of the season and his cheeky little chip against Chelsea this season is aN indicator of his class. West Ham and Avram Grant will be looking towards Parker to help them escape the potential of relegation this season. If West Ham do get relegated, Parker is due a proper move to a big club sometime soon.
3. Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham and Sweden)
Signed by Birmingham from Arsenal, Larsson is one of the most important players for Alex McLeish’s outfit. A brilliant crosser of the ball, his dead ball skills are among the best in the league, with a great work rate to boot. 10 goals and 11 assists in the last two seasons may not sound too impressive, but Larsson isn’t in the squad to score buckets of goals for Birmingham. He gets a large amount of key passes that lead to a goal scoring opportunity or a goal. A model winger, he is the sort of winger that kids should watch and try to base themselves on.
4. Stuart Holden (Bolton and USA)
Probably the first player on this list that will make people ask who he is. Transferred from Houston Dynamo during the summer transfer season, Holden has been hugely impressive for Owen Coyle’s team. So impressive, that he signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2013 only a month after the start of the EPL season. A center midfielder by trade, he chases down the opposition and wins his own ball, and puts it to good use. He along with Lee have been supporting the midfield for Bolton this season and both have been impressive. Once he establishes himself in England, his reputation will grow and people will get to see how good the American international is. Clever purchase by Owen Coyle.
5. Jordan Henderson (Sunderland and England)
How good is this kid? After being farmed out to Coventry to mature for a year, the 20 year old has returned and has been hugely impressive for Sunderland. Playing at the right of midfield and sometimes as centre midfield, his impressive performances last season earned him a new five year contract. Henderson has been so impressive that his squad number has been changed from number 16 to 10, the number of Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips. His early season form has caught the eye of England manager Fabio Capello, who is considering the youngster as a potential England hopeful in the next few years. Not only has he caught the eye of Capello, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have registered interest in the Henderson. Steve Bruce has admitted that he will struggle to keep the young gun at the Stadium of Light during the upcoming winter transfer season. Keep an eye on him in the next few weeks.
Other honourable mentions:
- Jussi Jasskelainen (Bolton and Finland) – impressive shot stopper who has achieved over a 100 saves in three of the past four seasons, a feat that Cech hasn’t done yet.
- Matthew Jarvis (Wolves and England) – Impressive winger who will be a key for Wolves if they stay in the EPL or not
- Chris Brunt (WBA and England) – Another winger who has been hugely impressive for the promoted team this season, notching up a goal and six assists, two of those against Manchester United
- Phil Jagielka (Everton and England) – A centreback for the Toffees who really flies under the radar at Everton
- Joey Barton (Newcastle and England) – Infamous thanks to his off field antics (he’s been in jail), his crossing ability is fantastic and he has stood out for Newcastle when he is needed
- Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton and South Korea) – Mentioned above with Stuart Holden, his importance for Bolton has been underlined due to Petrov’s dip in form, has an eye for goal too
That’s our wrap up of the most underrated players, who do you think should/shouldn’t be there? Stay tuned for our next article, where we dive into world football’s underbelly and find the Top 5 players who you probably haven’t heard of.