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Premier League 2012/13: Underrated XI

Lambert scored 15 goals in the league last season (©GettyImages)
Lambert scored 15 goals in the league last season (©GettyImages).

With the likes of Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie being praised at every opportunity this season, who were the unsung Premier League heroes that went criminally unnoticed during the 2012/13 season?

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) 

What a 'keeper! Aston Villa continued their slump of the last couple of seasons with a disappointing 15th place finish, but one of their best players was Guzan. 

Despite conceding eight goals against Chelsea, he still made some world-class saves and saved a penalty. He made the fifth most saves (114) in the league.

Right-back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

This may come as a surprise to you but Coleman is my choice as the most underrated right-back of the 2012/13 season. 

The Irishman won a majority of his tackles - the highest in the league for any right-back. A stirling season for him.

Centre-backs: Gareth McAuley (West Brom) & Chico (Swansea)

West Brom and Swansea had fantastic seasons with West Brom surprisingly finishing in the top 10 after most wrote them off and Swansea bringing the Capital One Cup to Wales after Cardiff had failed the previous year. McAuley scored a few goals and Chico managed the highest tackle success percentage in the division for a centre-back.

Left-back: Ben Davies (Swansea)

Unknown before the start of the season, not many expected Davies to play a huge part in a brilliant season for Swansea.

He broke into the team due to the injury of Neil Taylor and really impressed, and although Leighton Baines was superb, he drew plaudits from far and wide. Davies may not be at the same level just yet, but he deserves the praise here.

Right-wing: Shaun Maloney (Wigan)

Wigan were relegated, however Maloney was exceptional. He inspired Wigan in every game and scored six league goals - including a magnificent free-kick against Arsenal. 

Don't be surprised if we see him again in the Premier League next season.

Central midfielders: Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) & Mohammed Diame (West Ham)

Schneiderlin topped the charts in many stats in the Premier League this season, including interceptions and tackles - a very impressive first season in England's top tier. 

Diame proved one of the signings of the season after being signed for free from Wigan.

Left-wing: Steven Pienaar (Everton)

He was over-shadowed by the blistering performances of Gareth Bale of Spurs, but his partnership with Baines ensured Everton enjoyed a successful season.

Strikers: Arouna Kone (Wigan) & Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Kone and Lambert are both extremely hard-working strikers who can both score goals - and lots of them. 

For me, Lambert deserves an England call-up and Kone a move to a European-chasing side. Kone scored 11 goals and Lambert 15.

So that's my XI - do you agree? Give us your verdict in the comments box provided below.

 

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