Premier League: Underrated XI 2012/13
Manchester United, Liverpool & Chelsea stars feature in the underrated XI
Many people have favourite players, and some players are rated more highly than others, sometimes without much justification.
Here we take a look at the Premier League’s Underrated XI.
GK: Simon Mignolet, Sunderland
With Sunderland's defence at dire straits at time this season, the Belgian shot-stopper has had his work cut out at times this term. However, the giant has played well, and if it were not for his heroics, Sunderland would be in an even worse position, when their impotency in front of goal is considered.
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
The Spaniard arrival at Stamford Bridge slipped under the radar somewhat, after the more lavish transfers of Oscar and Eden Hazard. Nonetheless, he has been thoroughly solid defensively and uses his pace and decent technical ability to threaten on the counter attack and gets through plenty of work down the right flank.
CB: Steven Caulker, Tottenham Hotspur
The 21-year-old has impressed with top four chasing side Spurs this season. Playing 17 times in the league, and featuring extensively in their run into the quarter finals of the Europa League. Both quick and aerially dominant, the Englishman possesses everything required of the modern centre back, and could rise to the top of the game.
CB: Chico Flores, Swansea City
Both flamboyant and solid, Chico has won over any initially sceptical fans with some terrific displays. His good passing and close control suits Swansea's style of play and he has been invaluable in what has been both a historic and unprecedented year for Swansea.
LB: José Enrique, Liverpool
This time last year, Leighton Baines would have been the first name on this team sheet, but he has received the credit his performances deserve this term, and so is no longer "underrated". Enrique is a physically imposing player who also has the technical finesse, and tactical awareness needed in the Premier League.
CDM: Jonathan De Guzman, Swansea City
De Guzman rose to prominence at the tender age of 18 with Dutch side Feyenoord, making 29 league appearances in his debut campaign. But then his career somewhat stalled with a move to Spain's Villareal via Real Mallorca, but a loan move to Wales has invigorated him, and he featured heavily in the team's Capital One Cup triumph.
CDM: Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton
In his first ever Premier League season the Frenchman has been outstanding. Anchoring "The Saints'" midfield he has been disciplined and stout in defence whilst spraying passes all over the park in attack. Despite signing a new contract just earlier this year, speculation is mounting over his future, with Arsenal said to be interested.
RW: Nathan Dyer, Swansea City
The tiny Englishman's pace is undeniably his main attribute and as he tears down the right flank he can terrorise almost any left back in the land on his day. Having starred in Swansea's Wembley triumph in February, he starred with two goals.
CF: Andrea Weimann, Aston Villa
With team mate Cristian Benteke grabbing most of the headlines this season, the Austrian has a good season scoring 12 times. Moreover, at 21 he has tremendous potential to improve, and his pace makes him a real threat on the counter attack.
LW: Shaun Maloney, Wigan Athletic
The rapid Scot has been outstanding in recent weeks and looks set to play a key role in helping to orchestrate yet another Wigan attempt at “The Great Escape”. Scoring the all-important equaliser at QPR last month, and providing 2 assists on Saturday against West Brom he is arguably The Latics best player.
ST: Javier Hernandez
The Mexican may not be a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line up, but surely he would get into almost any other team in the league. A prolific poacher at the highest level, Hernandez has 30 international goals in just 46 caps.
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