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Virgil Van Dijk has impressed for Southampton this year.

Five of the most underrated players in the Premier League this season

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With Leicester City winning the league and West Ham United challenging for a Champions League spot, many of their players have taken the limelight over the course of the season.

However, there have been some stand out performances by other players which can’t be ignored.

So who has impressed this season without taking all the plaudits? Here’s our top five underrated players of the season.

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Virgil Van Dijk - Southampton

As with most summers, Ronald Koeman spends the majority of his time searching for replacements for his stars which depart for other clubs. This season was no exception and when Toby Alderweireld picked Tottenham Hotspur over Southampton, Koeman turned his attention to Celtic’s Virgil Van Dijk to fill in the centre back spot.

The Dutch defender didn’t disappoint and formed a great partnership with club captain, Jose Fonte. Southampton have kept 12 clean sheets this season and that is greatly down the Van Dijk’s power and pace at the back.

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Robbie Brady - Norwich City

Despite Norwich City’s relegation from the top flight, Robbie Brady has really impressed on the left flank for the Canaries.

The Republic of Ireland international joined from Hull City in the summer and has enjoyed a good season where he has played on the left wing or at left back.

Brady has become a set piece specialist over the course of the season and his deadly left foot has created 54 chances this year, as per Squawka.

Norwich might find it hard to keep hold of their left winger this summer with a lot of Premier League clubs interested in him. 

Charlie Daniels - AFC Bournemouth

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If one player could epitomise the way Bournemouth have played this season, it would be Charlie Daniels.

The 29-year-old has impressed this year with his ability to defend and to also link and support breaks up the other side of the pitch.

The left-back who won Player's Player of the Year, has provided five assists whilst also scoring three from the spot this season.

Daniels has gained a lot of admirers with his performances and was once tipped to gain an England cap in February.

Robert Firmino - Liverpool

Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League

When Firmino joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim, many thought it was another waste of money.

Despite of a slow start to the season, Firmino has really kicked on since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.

The Brazilian is now playing in his favoured position as a number ten or a false nine and has created a lethal partnership with fellow countrymen Philippe Coutinho.

It’s been quite an impressive debut year for Firmino, who has bagged 11 goals whilst also providing nine assists.

Just some thought for Liverpool fans, in Luis Suarez’s first full season he managed 11 goals in the league.

Fernandinho - Manchester City

Real Madrid v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

Some people might say, he cost 34 million! How can he be underrated?

Well the Brazilian has really taken command of the central midfield role at City this season.

He is a constant menace in the midfield and is normally doing the job of two players if he is partnered with Yaya Toure.

However, that’s what we expect from Fernandinho, but what he has brought to the table this season is big performances in big games.

Fernandinho grabbed the equalising goal at the Parc de Prince in Paris which gave Man City a massive advantage going into the second leg of the Champions league quarter final.

Who else has been an underrated player from the Premier League this season? Add YOUR suggestions in the comment section below!

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