Football is a game all about opinions.
It would be pretty boring if everyone supporting the same club and had rated the same players equally.
Conversations about football down the pub with your mates would be incredibly dull, all agreeing instead of getting into a heated about why a certain player is world-class, while another is a waste of space.
That’s why we’ve decided to throw our hat into the ring and upset a few of you by naming the most overrated player at each Premier League club.
Now, before you start shouting: ‘How’s he overrated? He’s brilliant!” let us explain our thinking behind our selections.
To be overrated, you have to be rated in the first place. Therefore, you have to be good. We’re not simply picking the worst player at each club. We’re often picking one of the sides better players but simply saying they’re not quite as good as some fans think.
We apologise for anyone we offend with our opinion…
Arsenal - Nicolas Pepe
Pepe is overrated by the sheer fact that Arsenal rated him at £72 million in the summer of 2019. He’s since scored 11 goals in 54 appearances and has found himself struggling for first-team football at the Emirates lately.
Aston Villa - Tyrone Mings
There’s been talk of Mings being a starter for England with the 27-year-old even being linked with a big move. In truth, the defender actually makes more mistakes than fans realise. Yes, he produces moments of fantastic defending - but that’s only because Aston Villa are under pressure more than most sides.
Brighton - Lewis Dunk
Hear us out, Brighton fans.
We know Dunk is a club legend and an incredible servant - and a brilliant defender.
But remember when Brighton set his price tag at £50 million in 2019 when Leicester were sniffing around? We know that’s not Dunk’s fault he’s certainly not worth that.
Burnley - James Tarkowski
Tarkowski is hugely important to Burnley and played all 38 Premier League games for Sean Dyche’s side last season. He’s even been capped twice for England. But the club wanted more than £30 million for him in the summer. He’s not worth that.
Chelsea - Tammy Abraham
Abraham had a better 2019/20 than anyone was expecting, scoring 18 goals in all competitions. But his all-round game needs to improve and there’s a reason Frank Lampard upgraded him with Timo Werner in the summer. Abraham will have to settle for a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge this season.
Crystal Palace - Michy Batshuayi
Batshuayi is technically a Chelsea player but has returned to Crystal Palace on loan this season. After signing for Chelsea for £33 million in 2016, you’d probably expect him to have achieved a bit more in the last four years than just eight goals in 48 Premier League matches for Chelsea following loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Palace.
Everton - Gylfi Sigurdsson
There aren’t too many players in the Premier League who can strike a ball as cleanly as Sigurdsson. But the 31-year-old is something of a luxury player and his lack of mobility lets him down. He is seen as a leader at Goodison Park with him being a vice-captain and, give him half a yard outside of the penalty area, and you’re in trouble.
Fulham - Aleksandar Mitrovic
Is Mitrovic Fulham’s best player? Yes.
Is Mitrovic the only chance they have of staying up this season? Yes.
However, despite his qualities, we feel the Serb could help his side out a bit more. He doesn’t really move which doesn’t help when Fulham are under pressure. Next time Fulham are playing, watch his movement and you’ll see what we mean. Give him the ball in and around the penalty area, though, and he comes alive.
Leeds - Kalvin Phillips
Phillips has already played four times for England after impressing in Marcelo Bielsa’s side. His passing range is phenomenal and he’s important at covering his teammates. But is he good enough to be an England regular? We’re not so sure. But at Elland Road, he'll always be a hero having been born in the city and progressed through their academy.
Leicester - Caglar Soyuncu
Soyuncu is probably a better defender than the man he replaced - Harry Maguire. The Turk came in for around £19 million, one year before Maguire left for Manchester United. While he’s decent, he can sometimes be caught out positionally. He’s not quite the finished article just yet and Jonny Evans alongside him deserves more praise.
Liverpool - Naby Keita
Things just haven’t clicked for Keita since he arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018, 12 months after the club had agreed a £52 million with RB Leipzig for him. Injuries have disrupted his momentum and, while he’s shown glimpses, he doesn’t appear to have the quality that Liverpool fans will try and tell you he has.
Manchester City - Kyle Walker
An "idiot" and a "car crash" was how Roy Keane described Walker at the weekend after he gave away a penalty against Liverpool. That was perhaps slightly harsh from the Sky Sports pundit but it was terrible defending from Walker. In truth, he's had a terrific season but his pace usually bails him out during his regular lapses of concentration.
Manchester United - Anthony Martial
Martial has been a poor start to the season so he gets a mention here. The Frenchman has failed to score in the Premier League in 2020/21 and looks a shadow of the player we know he’s capable of being. That’s probably why he’s got our vote. He has the qualities to be world-class but doesn’t always show it.
Newcastle - Allan Saint-Maximin
Don’t get us wrong, we love Saint-Maximin. He’s great fun to watch. But is that what you really want for a player? To be fun? He can look incredible at times and some may think he’s already world-class. But there’s still a long way to go for him to reach the next level.
Sheffield United - Aaron Ramsdale
Ramsdale has a big void to fill this season after Dean Henderson’s performances in the Sheffield United goal last season. The Blades splashed £18.5m on the former Bournemouth ‘keeper but he hasn’t started his career at Bramall Lane too well with Chris Wilder’s side bottom of the table. He’s yet to keep a clean sheet and has made a few mistakes already.
Southampton - James Ward-Prowse
Ward-Prowse is having an incredible season and scored two sensational free-kicks for Southampton against Aston Villa the other week. But it drew comparisons to David Beckham and everyone was suddenly suggesting the Saints skipper should be an England regular. He’s a decent player but don’t be fooled into thinking he’s world-class just because he’s one of the best set-piece takers around.
Tottenham - Lucas Moura
Moura is a frustrating player. He has all the pace and qualities to be a star in this Tottenham side but Jose Mourinho moved to bring in a 31-year-old Gareth Bale to shove the Brazilian further down the pecking order. Spurs fans will never forget his heroics against Ajax to send the club through to the Champions League final in 2019, though.
West Brom - Hal Robson-Kanu
We wonder that, if Robson-Kanu hadn’t scored THAT goal against Belgium at Euro 2016, he wouldn’t be anywhere near the Premier League right now. His record of 22 goals in 128 West Brom appearances isn’t great for an attacking player.
West Ham - Aaron Cresswell
There was once a time when Creswell was considered the best left-back in the country. He even earned three England caps. But he’s regressed in recent years with injuries taking their toll on his pace. He has looked better playing on the left-side of a back-three with a wing-back providing more protection this season.
Wolves - Adama Traore
Ask any Premier League defender who their toughest opponent is and Traore will be mentioned on quite a few occasions. He’s got ridiculous pace and power and is a full-backs nightmare. So why have we stuck him in the overrated category? With his attributes, Traore should be a superstar. However, he needs to improve technically and in his decision making. The fact he hasn’t started in Wolves’ six previous Premier League matches suggests Nuno Espirito Santo isn’t entirely happy with him right now.
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