Who were the most underrated players in the Premier League this season?

Riyad Mahrez

The Premier League ended with a flourish last weekend as a whole host of clubs finally learnt their fate.

Liverpool had already been crowned champions but the top four and relegation places needed to be decided.

It was a hugely disappointing end for Leicester, who finished fifth, and also for Watford and Bournemouth who tasted the bitter pill of relegation.

For the Cherries, it ends a five-year stay where try as they might, they failed to truly establish themselves.

It's safe to say Eddie Howe won't be earning any accolades, neither will anyone at the Hornets or Norwich.

However, there were a number of players who went under the radar this season and deserve far more recognition than they have earned over the course of the campaign.

We've compiled a side of 11 players who we think ought to get more credit. It doesn't include any Liverpool players, but it does contain some of the stars of 2019/20 from a Chelsea and Manchester City perspective.

Pep Guardiola bends down

Here's the XI in all its glory...


Vicente Guaita: It's not easy to replace a Palace legend like Julian Speroni. The Australian was a stalwart for the Eagles but Guaita has stepped into his shoes superbly. It went under the radar how well Roy Hodgson's men were doing for a period of time, but unfortunately, after football resumed they drew and suffered defeat on a regular basis.

That being said, they had the best defensive record in the bottom half of the table, conceding 50 times. Much of that is owed to their goalkeeper who ended the campaign with a save percentage of 0.714%, the eighth-best in the division.



Cesar Azpilicueta: The Chelsea skipper has been a pillar of the side and despite the emergence of Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, Azpilicueta has stood tall and kept his place. He ended the season with 36 starts to his name, contributing to eight goals and winning 2.6 aerial duels per game.

On top of that, the Spaniard also played in four different positions. He is the complete model professional.


Dan Burn: It takes quite something to usurp who Brighton already have in their defensive ranks but Burn did exactly that this season. He made his way past Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy to become one of Graham Potter's most reliable figures as they bravely battled against the drop.

The Seagulls avoided relegation quite comfortably in the end but the centre-back was a big reason for that. The 28-year-old won a colossal 4.1 aerial duels per match, imposing himself as one of the most aggressive defenders in the league. 

Dan Burn header

Willy Boly: This was a magnificent season from the Frenchman, who lest we forget, also spent time out with a broken leg.

Boly missed a period of over three months but bounced back superbly to help Wolves finish in a Europa League place. The powerful centre-back completed over 80% of his passes, remaining calm in possession, while also proving dominant in the tackle with 2.6 challenges won per match.

Willy Boly challenges Marcos Alonso


Riyad Mahrez: Given the enormous quality that Man City possess in attack, Mahrez is often overlooked for praise. He is surrounded by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, but barring the former, the Algerian winger was arguably the pick of City's players.

He scored 11 goals and created nine assists in the Premier League - a tally that ensured he finished fourth in WhoScored's average ratings this term.

Riyad Mahrez high fives De Bruyne

Mateo Kovacic: The Croatian isn't one for stat padding and as a result, he often doesn't get the appraisals he deserves. However, many Chelsea fans will tell you that he's their Player of the Season.

The 26-year-old has been reliable all term long, completing 89% of his passes and making 1.9 tackles per game. He doesn't offer much going forward but he outshone N'Golo Kante in the middle of Chelsea's team this term - that takes some doing.

Mateo Kovacic bends down

Joao Moutinho: The Wolves general is still making things tick at the ripe old age of 33 and he is the very definition of class is permanent. Sporting a rather luscious beard, the Portuguese has been a pillar of consistency, carving out six assists and scoring once.

The likes of Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez often steal the limelight but Moutinho deserves it just as much - his passing is a joy to watch.


Michail Antonio: West Ham's winger scored an eye-catching ten goals this term and even managed to find the back of the net four times in a single game against Norwich. He has always been a tricky player but he really came alive when it mattered during the Hammers' relegation battle.

For that alone, he deserves special credit. Antonio also managed to produce three assists.



Chris Wood: There has barely been a mention of the tall New Zealand forward this season. He is one of the most underappreciated players in the Premier League and quietly went about his business on his way to racking up the best numbers of his career in the top-flight. 

Wood was sensational with Leeds in the Championship but now he's proving his worth for Burnley at a higher level, he found the back of the net on 14 occasions in 2019/20, just two shy of Sergio Aguero and one more than De Bruyne.

Chris Wood warming up

Gabriel Jesus: Another City star who is worthy of a lot more credit is Jesus. The Brazilian was in imperious form this term, slamming in 14 strikes despite starting just 21 times. 

If and when Aguero does move on, the Citizens well and truly have someone capable of replacing him. It's easy to forget that he's only 23 and is still learning the game. It'll be a frightening sight once he hits his prime. This is just the beginning for Jesus.


Jordan Ayew: The Palace forward has been far from convincing at the elite level in years gone by but he was one of Hodgson's go-to men this season, scoring nine goals on his way to being crowned the club's Player of the Year.

Ayew may have made the most fouls (59) in the entire division but he deserves credit for the way he went about his business. The Ghanian bagged against Arsenal twice and also versus Man City.

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