The Premier League's most overrated XI features Liverpool, Man Utd & Chelsea stars

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As every football fan knows, the sport is all about differing opinions.

That’s what makes following the game so enjoyable, because it would be incredibly boring if every single person felt the exact same way about a player or team.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided to make some of our bravest opinions public knowledge by naming the most overrated XI operating in the Premier League.

Now, that doesn’t mean we believe the players named below are rubbish. To be labelled ‘overrated’ you have to be rated in the first place.

We’re just simply saying that these Premier League footballers are not as brilliant as some will have you think.

Apologies for any offence caused…

GK – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

For a long, long time, Lloris was a world-class goalkeeper for both Spurs and France. However, those days are firmly behind him and the former Lyon man now looks prone to an error pretty much every game he plays. Lloris is still a decent shot-stopper at times, but that’s about it to be honest.

Lloris with Tottenham

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RB – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)

The man nicknamed ‘The Spider’ is fantastic when it comes to making slide tackles. However, he’s only forced into performing them due to his lack of positional awareness and suspect first touch. Wan-Bissaka is also fairly average in the final third, which just isn’t good enough for the modern day full-back.

CB – James Tarkowski (Burnley)

To this day, we still cannot believe that Burnley had the cheek to ask Leicester for £50m to sign Tarkowski. Yes, he’s a no-nonsense defender who can be a threat from set-pieces, but that doesn’t mean he’s befitting of such an enormous fee. 

CB – Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)

How Mings is still in the England frame when his partner at Villa, Ezri Konsa, outperforms him on a weekly basis is absolutely baffling. Mings simply makes far too many mistakes to be considered anywhere close to an elite-level Premier League player.

Mings with Villa

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LB – Lucas Digne (Everton)

Don’t be fooled into thinking Digne is world-class just because he’s a good crosser of the ball and chips in with the odd assist. The Frenchman is a decent footballer, yes, but the comparisons with Liverpool‘s Andy Robertson are ludicrous in the extreme.

CM – Youri Tielemans (Leicester)

Perhaps the most controversial call in the XI. Tielemans is a very, very good footballer, I’m not disputing that whatsoever. However, some would have you believe that he’s a hybrid of Patrick Vieira and fellow countryman Kevin De Bruyne, which certainly isn’t the case.

CM – James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

JWP is a ridiculously good free-kick taker and a footballer who rarely misses a minute of action. Those are commendable traits, but is he really a world beater as an overall midfield package? In my humble opinion, no.

Ward-Prowse with Southampton

CAM – Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

This will probably come back to haunt me. Havertz has shown glimpses of his quality at Chelsea and even grabbed the winner in last season’s Champions League final. Nevertheless, the German still needs to do far more to live up to his reputation as a ‘generational talent’.

RW – Adama Traore (Wolves)

Traore’s pace, strength and dribbling ability make him a hugely entertaining player to watch, of that there can be no doubt. He’s contributed to just four goals in his last 43 Premier League games, though, a woeful record for such an attack-minded player.

ST – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

We’ve all heard a Liverpool fan rattle on about how vital Firmino is to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘system’. But sorry, no one can be considered a great striker in my book when they’ve scored more than 12 goals in a Premier League season just once in six attempts.

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LW – Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

The French forward possesses world-class ability, however, we rarely ever see it on the pitch in a United shirt. Martial scored only four goals in the Premier League last season and is yet to get off the mark in 2021/22. It’s time to accept that he’s never going to be a top, top player in England.

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