In Premier League or any football league in the world, not everyone gets the credits they deserve. With players like Kane, Aguero or De Gea always making the headlines and receiving plaudits from fans and pundits, there are certain players who work tirelessly giving their all without much praise. In this article we aim to bring some of the most underrated players in the Premier League history into limelight.
Here are our top 10 most underrated players in the Premier League history –
10. Michael Carrick
A player with five Premier League titles and a Champions League winner’s medal to his name, yet one who still some people can’t believe has ever been good enough to play for Manchester United or represent his country.
But make no mistake, those who really know what they are talking about all think one thing. Carrick has been one of the best midfielders in the European game for the past decade.
The central-midfielder flitted between the treatment room, the bench and the first-team over the last few years, before taking up a coaching role at Manchester United. His penchant for injuries saw his career at Old Trafford brought to a close sooner rather than later.
However, he was given a testimonial in June 2017 by Manchester United and its nothing less than what he deserves. He is definitely one of the most underrated players in the Premier League history.
9. Dirk Kuyt
There has been no Liverpool player more underrated in the Premier League era than Dirk Kuyt.
Having signed as a potent striker from Feyenoord in the summer of 2006, Kuyt tweaked his game to become a hugely effective right-winger. He was far from the most entertaining player, and there were plenty with more technical ability, but time and time again he delivered in big matches.
He scored the winning penalty in the shootout triumph over Chelsea in the 2007 Champions League semi-final, and scored in the final itself. He scored other vital goals in Europe, against Arsenal and Inter Milan, fired home two penalties at Goodison Park to snatch a memorable derby victory over Everton, and knocked United out of the FA Cup with a last-minute winner in front of the Kop in 2012. The list is endless.
8. Denis Irwin
Whenever Manchester United fans marvel about their defence of yesteryear, naturally the names Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand will be joined by the likes of Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen and so on, but some forget the consistent heroics of Irishman Denis Irwin.
Spending over a decade at Old Trafford between 1990 and 2002, Irwin made a mighty 511 starts for the Red Devils, scoring 33 times to boot which isn’t bad for a defender.
Somebody who was completely and utterly professional under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Irwin was Mr consistent and somebody that deserves all the plaudits for his consistency .After all, he won 19 major honours in a star-studded spell at United!
7. Shay Given
6. James Milner
No matter how many times he plays for England, no matter how much Man City paid for him all those years ago, no matter how much Liverpool pays him in wages , there’s one label that’s always stuck with him: ‘Boring Milner’.
He isn’t flashy and he’ll never capture a nation’s imagination, but he’s one of the best around at what he does.A lack of showboating on the field belies the fact that he’s effective, focusing on keeping it simple. On the other hand, it’s strange to think that he was tipped to be one of the biggest attacking stars as a youth.
He may not ever receive the plaudits as he lack that wow factor but James Milner has been missed at the teams he left and praised by the most talented and experienced of individuals in the game. He is undoubtedly one of the most underrated players in the Premier League history.