Football is a game of opinions, and every one has their own views as to which players are under or overrated.
So, with that in mind, here is a Premier League XI comprised of the players that I believe fall into the latter category: the league's most overrated.
Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen | West Ham
Jaaskelainen is a player who has made some unbelievable saves at the most crucial of times and has had some incredible games, notably against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United; however, he is a goalkeeper who has a mistake in him - and he rarely ever has a presence in the goal.
Centre-back: Matija Nastasic | Manchester City
When Manchester City signed him, they were expecting a future world-class defender and - for me - he hasn't fit the billing. Nastasic, like many other players, are rated highly solely because of their age and team's stature - and he isn't accomplished to perform on the highest European
Centre-back: David Luiz | Chelsea
Luiz is your average stereotypical Brazilian: erratic, skilful and unpredictable - and that is exactly what Chelsea don't want. He is seen as a long-term replacement for veteran John Terry; however, he doesn't have the discipline to play in that role, so he therefore relies on moments of attacking brilliance to maintain his place in the team, when this is not his job.
Centre-back: Clint Hill | Queens Park Rangers
"What? Clint Hill? He's not rated highly in the first place," I hear you say. Well he seems to be! QPR have had three managers since they began their voyage into the Premier league yet Hill has remained. At best, he is an average Championship defender who always looks vulnerable against teams of real quality.
Left-wing: Sylvain Marveaux | Newcastle United
The Newcastle player has been linked with various top clubs like Tottenham, and I think Newcastle should take what they can. Marveaux has rarely looked like more than an impact sub and is a virtual stranger in the crucial games, and should not be getting a big move.
Centre-midfielder: Michael Carrick | Manchester United
By far the most controversial selection in the team as Carrick has impressed many including the PFA. He has found his way onto the shortlist for Player of the Year and this is ridiculous. Carrick never performs to an acceptable standard on the big occasions and, for a playmaker, he rarely goes for a forward pass. He also hasn't added a significant amount of goals and cannot be considered the best the Premier League has.
Centre-midfielder: Santi Cazorla | Arsenal
Also a controversial choice, Santi Cazorla is seen by many as the signing of the season - but I do not agree with this. Cazorla has proved himself to be a very, very good player; however, for a player to be considered world class, they have to have the ability to really grab the big, important games by the scruff of the neck and change it. Cazorla has not done this.
Centre-midfielder: Tom Cleverley | Manchester United
Marmite figure Cleverley is one you either love or hate, and I think he is just an average player. It is too regular a theme that if you're a younger player at a bigger club then you are automatically considered incredible, and this is a stereotype that has to stop. Cleverley has started all of England's World Cup qualifiers this season and has left his mark on none of them, with him being a virtual spectator.
Right-wing: Eden Hazard | Chelsea
Hazard, along with Carrick, is also on the PFA shortlist for Player of the Year - and I don't think he deserves it. Hazard has been scintillating against the lower-ranked teams and is an all-round good player, but he should not be classed as equal to the likes of Gareth Bale and Juan Mata.
Striker: Papiss Cisse | Newcastle United
Cisse had one of the best starts to his Premier League career in history and has scored many great goals but, for me, he is still hanging on to that start. Pundit Paul Merson said expertly that "he scored too many great goals" and this is completely accurate. He rarely scores tap-in's or simple finishes whereas the quality strikers score all types of goals, and he does not fall into this category.
Striker: Edin Dzeko | Manchester City
Dzeko seems to be one of Mancini's favourite players as he is the constant divide between Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez: the partnership that everyone is desperate to see. Dzeko is an average player and this is so evident against the better teams as he is usually just the defenders pocket-watch. Not good enough.
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