Underrated Football Players: Premier League

Updated on February 24, 2020
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Hueng Min Son - Tottenham Hotspur


South Korea's Superstar

Criminally underrated ever since his days at Bayer Leverkusen, Son Hueng Min is one of the world's finest wingers, yet always seems to be skipped over when it comes to accolades and awards.

Signed from the German club in August 2015, Son has emerged as one of Spurs' most influential and relied upon individuals, featuring extensively under Mauricio Pochettino and, more recently, under Jose Mourinho.

Blessed with quick feet, dazzling agility, lightning speed and a keen eye for goal, Son has seen his stock soar over the past couple campaigns and is once again proving to be as influential as ever this year for the North London outfit.

Scoring 77 goals in 207 appearances for Spurs at the time of writing, two Premier League Player of the Month awards, a Tottenham Player of the Year Award, an FA Cup Golden Boot and a London Player of the Year award is an unfortunately low return for a player of so much ability.

Lewis Dunk - Brighton and Hove Albion


A Future England Pro?

Lewis Dunk is one of English football's most honest, reliable and hardworking professionals active in the highest leagues at the moment. A local boy who has worked his way up the footballing pyramid at Brighton, the tough-tackling centre-back has finally found himself as one of the most solid, if maybe not recognised, individuals in the world's best football league.

Good on the ball, fearless in retrieving possession and easily one of the division's best blockers, he has been the cornerstone of Brighton's two survival campaigns since their promotion in 2017. He has made 283 appearances for the Seagulls since 2010, scored 15 goals, and risen to also become the side's club captain.

Despite this, he has been overlooked by the league's top teams in the transfer market and remains stuck at just one England appearance against the USA in October 2018.

Miguel Almiron - Newcastle United


Success On The Horizon?

Whilst he might still be awaiting his first goal for the Toon at the time of writing (40 appearances since his transfer in January 2019), there's a reason why the Newcastle hierarchy broke tradition and made Paraguayan their club record signing.

Blessed on either foot with blistering pace, a skilful level of agility both on and off the ball, and an ability to play either as a winger or a 'no.10' off the striker, Almiron made his name playing for Atlanta United in the MLS and came to represent the emerging crop of talent in the division.

Whilst he is still awaiting that elusive first goal, general consensus amongst the Toon faithful is that Almiron is still a vital cog in the team's setup, showing increasingly promising flashes alongside the likes of Saint-Maximin and Joelinton as Newcastle continue to climb up the table.

George Baldock - Sheffield United


Wilder's Dependable Wingback

Following standout campaigns at Oxford and MK Dons, George Baldock signed for his former manager Chris Wilder at Sheffield United in the summer of 2017. Two successful campaigns followed as the Blades secured promotion to the Premier League, with Baldock often at the heart in the league's best defence.

The cornerstone of Sheffield United and their setup is their overlapping three centre-backs which Chris Wilder has employed throughout the 2019/20 campaign, and which dominates most of the discussion when speaking about the side. However, the energy, dynamism and versatility brought by George Baldock on the right hand side is equally important to Wilder and co.

Defensively very solid, Baldock offers the side a handy outlet on the flanks and provides the width needed to stretch defences and open up counter-attacking channels. He is positively instrumental to what the team does, even if he doesn't get as much recognition for it.

Matteo Guendouzi - Arsenal


A Maestro In The Midfield In The Making

Signed in the summer of 2018 from French second-tier side Lorient, more than a few eyebrows were raised amongst football fans when Matteo Guendouzi first stepped onto the pitch for Arsenal, one of the country's largest and most successful sides.

A season and a bit on, and the deal is beginning to look like one of the shrewdest bits of business seen in a while.

Guendouzi is a composed and competent midfielder, contributing in the heart of the park with a strong array of tackling and silky passing. His ability to switch the play on either foot is a gift and he's already demonstrated plenty of ability in being able to pick out a passing channel for his forwards in front of him.

Whilst he is certainly looking like being one of the league's hottest prospects, the reliance Arsenal have on Guendouzi's skills in most matchups at the moment showcases just how underrated the Frenchman truly is.


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