Many players have understandably gotten a lot of praise this season for their quality performances. Stars such as Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish have been hot topics this season and have been instrumental in their respective team’s form so far.
But there are plenty of players that fly under the radar and won’t get the credit they deserve, so I have decided to look at the 10 most underrated players in the Premier League.
10. André Frank Zambo Anguissa
It’s been a difficult return to the Premier League for Fulham as they currently sit 7 points away from safety, but one highlight has been the performances of Anguissa in midfield. The Cameroon international spent Fulham’s Championship season on loan at Villarreal but has impressed since returning to Scott Parker’s side. Anguissa is gifted with the ball at his feet and can slip away from challenges with relative ease due to how difficult it is to push him off the ball. He’s performed very well for struggling Fulham and if they’re to pull off a great escape you’d imagine Anguissa would be at the centre of it.
9. Yves Bissouma
Brighton have been unlucky at times this season and more often than most haven’t got the results they deserve. They have a few players who have performed well this year, but I’ve chosen Bissouma for this list based around how little I hear about him. Strong tackler, accurate passer, brilliant balance, what isn’t there to love? He’s an all-round brilliant midfielder and he’s excelled for the Seagulls so far as they move further and further away from the drop zone.
8. Max Kilman:
Wolves have had a disappointing season after the loss of Raul Jimenez to injury and Diogo Jota to Liverpool, but one player who has stepped up is former Maidenhead centre back Max Kilman. Kilman has made 15 appearances this season and has been a solid component of the Wolves defence when he’s featured. He’s good with the ball at his feet like most young players in his position but the 23-year old also offers an indirect threat from set pieces due to his height, standing at 6 ft 4.
7. Jairo Riedewald
Riedewald has made 11 appearances off the bench for palace this season but I feel as though he should be starting more games. The Dutchman always looks so calm when on the ball and always plays with his head up, looking for a clear pass to his teammates. He clearly has immense technical talent and after 3 years at the club he’s finally getting somewhat consistent appearances with 20 appearances this season, albeit only 9 starts. In the next season or two I envision Riedewald managing to get even more minutes on the pitch and the 24-year-old is only going to get better.
6. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Kane and Son have deservedly grabbed the headlines this season as the best attacking duo in the Premier League this campaign but anybody who watches Tottenham will know about the impact Højbjerg has on the team. He’s the driving force of everything that Spurs do by controlling the middle of the park. It’s pivotal to Tottenham’s style of play that Højbjerg is able to win the ball and jumpstart the trademark Spurs counterattack which has proved to be devastating this season. The Danish international has been one of the best signings of the season.
5. Ezri Konsa
Tyrone Mings gets much of the credit when it comes to Aston Villa’s defence and deservedly so, but the other 3 members of their backline have been solid this season. I could easily have picked Matt Targett or Matty Cash, but I’ve decided to go with Mings’ centre back partner. Konsa spent a short period of his career with Smith at Brentford and clearly impressed him enough to bring him up to Villa Park. Konsa averages around 2.4 successful aerial duels a game which is only 0.5 lower than Mings who is usually seen as better in the air. Konsa has come into his own this season and has been a steady feature in the Villan’s backline.
4. Stuart Dallas
When you think about the brilliant season Leeds have had so far you automatically think about the goals of Patrick Bamford and the silky skills of Raphinha, but you should be thinking about Stuart Dallas. What position does Dallas play? The answer is wherever Marcelo Bielsa asks him to. Just this season alone he’s played at left back, right back and centre midfield and has put in fantastic performances in each of them. Dallas is the embodiment of Bielsa’s playstyle as the Northern Ireland international never stops running and always puts 100% effort into every single game. Others may grab the headlines, but Leeds wouldn’t be where they are without Stuart Dallas.
3. Wilfred Ndidi
Many appreciate Ndidi’s quality, but few understand just how much of an impact he has for Leicester. The Nigerian operates as a defensive midfielder and is one of the best players in the Foxes squad and possibly one of the best in the league for his position. Leicester’s backline has been ravaged by injuries at times this season but the 24-year-old has helped to cover that void when fit, being an excellent tackler of the ball and having the positional awareness to be able to make interceptions when necessary. You only need to look as far as their 3-1 defeat to Leeds a couple of weeks ago to see how fragile they look without him.
2. Vladimir Coufal
West Ham have had an incredible season so far and sit in 6th place, only 1 point away from the top 4. A large reason for this is the efforts of Coufal, a summer signing from Slavia Prague. He must be a contender for best right back in the league this season as his consistency has helped in lifting the Hammers as high as they are. Whether it be crossing, passing, or tackling, Coufal has everything that you’d want from a full back in the Modern game and has been one of the best performers the London Stadium has seen this season.
1. Kyle Walker-Peters
Speaking of right backs, here’s another in the form of Southampton star Kyle Walker-Peters. Following a successful loan spell in the latter half of the 2019/20 season, Walker-Peters moved to the South Coast as Tottenham brought in Matt Doherty from Wolves in the summer. Walker-Peters has easily been one of the Saints’ best players so far and they’ve clearly missed him during their recent poor stretch of results including the 9-0 humbling at Old Trafford. He always looks confident going forward and can whip in a lovely cross when needed. If England weren’t so stacked at right back, then Walker-Peters would be a certain pick for the Euros.