Who deserves a better team, or more credit for what they do? Here I reveal ten of England’s most underrated stars, who need more recognition for their achievements.
10: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
Over the last year Gibbs has grown into a reliable left-back. Not only is he a cool, composed
defender, but he is superb in his overlapping runs and crosses. A vital part of Arsenal’s team.
9: Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
Having been linked with a move away from the Etihad, it confuses me as to why Lescott doesn’t play more for club and country.
We rarely see him, but when he plays, he produces confident defensive performances, greater than those of Martin Demichelis.
8: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
I appreciate this man is 40 years old and unfit to play regularly, but class is permenant and Giggs is the perfect example of this, combining accurating passing and finishing with flair and pace that he somehow still possesses.
7: Shane Long (Hull City)
A natural goalscorer. Played rarely at West Brom but scored a vital goal against Chelsea, followed by two wonder-goals in the derby match against Aston Villa.
However now he’s being sold to Hull because he’s “not good enough” (even though Hull are above West Brom).
6: Adam Johnson (Sunderland)
He’s getting more credit now after his hat trick against Fulham, but all of last season he looked
A dynamic winger with a habit of scoring vital goals. The winner against former club Manchester City, the superb equaliser against Newcastle, the brilliant effort against Chelsea, and this season a couple of free-kicks too. Get him on that plane Roy!
5: Tom Huddlestone (Hull)
The midfielder signed from Tottenham and has proved himself to the Hull faithful. A wonderful long passer, also gifted with free kick ability.
Huddlestone scored a fine goal against Fulham in the 6-0 thrashing, and hence completed a charity bet and got his hair cut. Another one to think about Roy…
4: Scott Parker (Fulham)
It remains to me a mystery why Andre Villas-Boas sold Scott Parker to Fulham. A talented defensive midfielder who’s passes never seemed to go astray.
He was crucial last season and could have formed a superb partnership with Paulinho this season. He has also hit two superb goals this season, against Swansea and Norwich.
3: Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
Why does this man sit on the bench week after week? Although a left winger Podolski is a natural born goalscorer, his shots combining power and accuracy beautifully. On the volley,
dead ball, he doesn’t mind. Underrated.
2: Niko Kranjcar (Dinamo Kyiv [On Loan at QPR])
Never heard of him? A creative genius. No one can curve a ball quite like him, and with his accurate passing, tricky skill and emphatic right boot he’s through and through Premier
So why is he on loan at a Championship level club when he deserves to be a player for one of the top clubs? Tottenham made a mistake when they let him go.
1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham)
A real talented boy. Aged just 24, he could grow up to be a great player. The third most accurate free-kick taker in the world (at least as far as Futhead tells me), an all round
attacking midfielder and worthy of his position on this list.
A great passer, and scores some stunning goals, his greatest recently against Hull in the League Cup. He’s heroic for his native Iceland, and is really worthy of a top four club.