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Premier League: Four unsung heroes

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Mile Jedinak has been class this season (©GettyImages)
Mile Jedinak has been class this season (©GettyImages).

I wanted to take a look at the players in the Premier League I believe have been fantastic contributors for their clubs, without all the credit and respect most of the high-profile players get.

For me these players have been consistent, quality and were not even fazed about not being as noticed - a reason that deserves admiration.

So let's start off with a player that leads by example: Mile Jedinak.

The 29-year-old Australian international has shone out to me not only for his club, but for the entire Premier League.

He came up into the league with Crystal Palace, never personally playing in such a prestigious league before. As a traditional holding-midfielder he is a tough tackler on the pitch, as well as a reliable distributor with an average passing success rate of 73.3%.

Not only is he difficult to get past on the ground, but especially in the air where he averages a massive five aerial duel wins a match, comparing to the giants in the league (e.g Chamakh) and right up there with the very best.

Being recognised by his fans - he did win the Player of the Year, captaining Crystal Palace last season, understandable given the quality he has and playing in the Championship. But who knew it would carry on like that in the Premier League?

Another underdog that has to be mentioned is Hull City's Curtis Davies.

Coming to the Tigers only this season from Birmingham City it was a new team for him to settle in to, you would not have thought that from his performances.

Consistent, strong, dedicated and comfortable would be the best way to describe how he plays for his team. With a very successful pass rate of 76.7% proving he can distribute from the back and winning all kinds of duels in the high numbers, he is more than difficult to give the slip.

Even providing threat from corners and the fact alone that Hull City are currently standing 10th in the league shows this person proves a bargain for an estimated £2.5 million. Could this be a consideration for the World Cup?

Sticking to the idea of very successful defending and passing, I can not neglect to mention the Cardiff wall, Steven Caulker.

Hugely built, strong and even pacey for a defender, Caulker is a massively impressive player for Cardiff and the league, especially at a young 22 years of age.

He is consistent, reliable and a brick to get past. Even contributing as a constant goal-threat, the England one-time-international has a very bright future. Struggling to establish himself at Tottenham he went out on loan to a couple of lower-league teams, only really coming into his own at Swansea.

There he proved he could handle the toughest league in the world, helping the Swans finish 11th in their debut season in the Premier League. With a passing success rate of 74.1% and winning most of the duels he goes into, he is no one-trick pony. Another headache decision for Roy Hodgson? 

Finally I'd like to finish this small list off with an attacker, someone who the country has loved before, but may have been forgotten over time as an important player: Peter Crouch.

Yes, you may read those two words from his name and giggle to yourself in disbelief, but this is no laughing matter. Stoke have struggled in recent times and only seemed to go further towards the relegation zone.

Now under new management it seems the 32-year-old former England international is excelling. Being used as a traditional target-man, his ability to hold the ball up forward and distribute amongst his peers to contribute towards the attack is proving extremely important.

He is scoring goals with five in all competitions, he is assisting goals with four and is making life easier for fellow attackers knowing they have constant providing of defender-splitting passes from that 6ft 7in giant. 

These are all outstanding players in their own right, but proving they have what it takes to thrive in the most prestigious league in the world only shows their pure talent. I hope to see more from them and even more underdogs emerge.


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