Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea: Every Premier League club’s most underrated player of 2021/22

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Manchester City clinched a fourth title in five seasons as another epic Premier League campaign has come to a close, following one of the greatest final day’s in years.

The drama was ramped up to the max in an incredibly exciting 2021/22 campaign, with the Premier League title, final Champions League position and final relegation spot all being decided on the season’s last matchday.

With the season over, though, it’s the perfect time to reflect on individual performances. While that is the very last thing fans of some clubs will want to do, there are always positives to pick out, no matter how dismal a season might have been.

It can be quite difficult to look for the positives for Burnley, Watford and Norwich who all kiss goodbye to top flight status, or Manchester United who stalled into a Europa League finish despite starting the season with all the hype in the world.

Equally, it’s difficult to find an underrated performer among the ranks at Liverpool and City with just about all of their players operating at maximum capacity, but we at GIVEMESPORT have given it a go.

Here is the most underrated performer at every Premier League club during the 2021/22 season.

Arsenal – Ben White

Non-Arsenal fans were extremely quick to write off White when Arsenal parted with £50m to pry him away from Brighton. Despite a shaky start to the campaign, the Englishman has quietly been one of the most consistent and progressive defenders in the league, looking incredibly bright and always composed. Commendable considering the jump in expectations.

Every Premier League club's most underrated player
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Ben White of Arsenal in actio during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Aston Villa – Jacob Ramsey

Breaking into the first-team in 2020, Ramsey’s development at Villa has flown under the radar for those not watching the club every week. A combative midfielder with quick feet and ability around the opposition goal, he’s stepped up massively and shoulders a lot of responsibility at just 20 years old. Don’t be surprised if he’s knocking on the door of Gareth Southgate soon enough.

Ramsey is one to watch at Aston Villa
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on March 5, 2022 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Brentford – Yoane Wissa

With all the hype on the likes of Christian Eriksen, Ivan Toney, David Raya and others, Wissa has somehow gone under the radar while being one of Brentford’s best performers. Plying his trade from left wing, Wissa managed seven goals and an assist, but was constantly a creative threat and looked supremely comfortable at Premier League level in his debut season in the English top flight.

Wissa is underrated
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Yoane Wissa of Brentford celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Southampton at Brentford Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Brighton – Leandro Trossard

We could’ve given this to several Brighton players, because their development under Graham Potter continues to be magnificent. Trossard isn’t a name that isn’t being mentioned enough, though. Having previously struggled to prove a consistent threat on goal, the Belgian finished with his highest Premier League goal haul to date with eight, while also grabbing three assists.

Trossard is very important for Brighton
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Burnley – Josh Brownhill

Burnley had a few standout stars in an otherwise dismal season that saw their six season stay in the top flight come to an end. While everyone rightly raved about Maxwel Cornet and continued to give Nick Pope credit, it was Brownhill’s consistent performances in midfield that plenty didn’t take note of. Tidy in possession, physical and strong in advancing play, he could prove a bargain for interested clubs.

Brownhill was underrated for Burnley
BURNLEY, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Josh Brownhill of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Southampton at Turf Moor on April 21, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Chelsea – Marcos Alonso

Injury to Ben Chilwell seriously disrupted Chelsea‘s season, considering how vital their wing back system is to their overall approach play. But things could have gone even worse had Alonso not seamlessly slotted in as he always does to fill the void. Was he perfect? Of course not, but given how hard a job it is to match Chilwell, there are plenty who would’ve struggled a lot more. The Spaniard held things together.

Chelsea have relied on Alonso
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace – Will Hughes

A signing that went completely under the radar in Patrick Vieira’s mightily impressive debut season with Palace, Hughes brings unwavering composure and press resistance to the Eagles’ midfield. Featuring just 16 times, whenever he has played, he’s looked incredibly composed and slotted in seamlessly. Should Palace fail to retain Conor Gallagher for next season, he could play an important role.

Hughes has been seriously underrated
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Will Hughes of Crystal Palace celebrates at full time following victory in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Crystal Palace at The Den on January 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Everton – Alex Iwobi

It’s fair to say nobody would’ve seen this coming, so nothing but respect to the much improved Iwobi. Given a new lease of life in a deeper, more central role under Frank Lampard, the 26-year-old found an incredible stride of form as Everton made a dramatic dash to safety. Here’s hoping he can keep it going.

Iwobi has stepped up for Everton
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Alex Iwobi of Everton celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on March 17, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Leeds United – Jack Harrison

Harrison is hardly a player that gets slammed every week, but he also isn’t very highly thought of outside of the Leeds bubble. And considering he’s managed ten goals in all competitions, he deserves more respect. Insanely skilful, always available and a hard worker, Harrison can only get better under Jesse Marsch.

Jack Harrison has impressed for Leeds
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Jack Harrison of Leeds United celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Leeds United at Brentford Community Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Leicester – Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

An academy graduate and a late bloomer, Dewsbury-Hall was on loan at Luton throughout the 2020/21 season, and after putting together a stellar campaign in the Championship, has been key for Leicester in the top flight. The midfielder has refreshed Leicester’s options and gives them a solid platform to rebuild moving forward.

Dewsbury-Hall has been Leicester's most underrated player
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 23: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of Leicester looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool – Joel Matip

Always regarded as a great player marred by injury problems, Matip has completely ripped up the script this season and established himself as one of the best performing defenders in Europe. Without his 43 appearances across all competitions, Liverpool simply would not have been fighting for silverware on so many fronts. Entirely transformed.

Matip is Liverpool's most underrated player
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Joel Matip of Liverpool runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Pedro Neto of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 22, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City – Rodri

It feels like a big reach calling Rodri underrated, but it’s the manner of his performances this season which have been so impressive. Previously viewed as a traditional six that controlled play but let the other midfielders steal the headlines, the Spaniard has become their big game player this season and added a new dimension to their attack. That dimension? Scoring worldies when City were in need of a hero.

Rodri has been underrated for Manchester City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 08: Rodri of Manchester City celebrates scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United – Fred

Manchester United sit in a similar camp to their noisy neighbours in that it’s hard to call any of their players underrated. Where they differ, though, is the reasoning, because the Red Devils have been woeful. Fred has been an anomaly for the most part, though, looking much more comfortable in an advanced role under Ralf Rangnick.

Fred has been a positive in a dismal Man Utd season
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Fred of Manchester United celebrates at the full time whistle after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on December 05, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Newcastle United – Emil Krafth

Injury to Kieran Trippier so soon after his January arrival was a worry for Newcastle, but Krafth stepped in and stepped up tremendously to fill the void. The Swede left a lot to be desired under Steve Bruce, but has looked a new level of confident under Eddie Howe and quietly helped Newcastle along to a brilliant second half of the season.

Krafth has been underrated at Newcastle
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Newcastle player Emil Krafth in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on April 30, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Norwich – Teemu Pukki

Scoring double figures in such a scarily out of their depth Norwich side is a serious testament to Pukki’s abilities. No doubt he’ll look every bit a world beater again as they drop into the Championship, his services in the Premier League are overlooked, because of how poor the Canaries have been.

Pukki's firing rate is more impressive than people admit
NORWICH, ENGLAND – MAY 08: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City reacts after losing possession during the Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road on May 08, 2022 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Southampton – Kyle Walker-Peters

With all the hype following Tino Livramento up until his unfortunate, season-ending injury, Walker-Peters seems to have been forgotten about. Doing everything a modern full back should, the Englishman is quietly incredibly handy, joining attacks but also keeping things organised at the back.

Walker-Peters is an underrated right back
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Tottenham – Eric Dier

After a difficult few years in the post-Pochettino era, Dier has quietly been reborn in a strong 2021/22 season. Looking full of confidence once again, the Englishman has shown his versatility, leadership and defensive quality in abundance since Antonio Conte arrived at Tottenham. An England recall isn’t an absurd prospect.

Dier has been underrated in 2021/22
BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on February 23, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Watford – Dan Gosling

Versatile, experienced and always willing to put in a shift, Gosling only playing four Premier League games but making this list sums up just how poor a season it’s been for Watford. For someone with so much experience to give, he should’ve featured a lot more regularly, impressing whenever he did.

Gosling should have featured more for Watford
WATFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Demarai Gray of Everton passes the ball whilst under pressure from Dan Gosling of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Watford and Everton at Vicarage Road on May 11, 2022 in Watford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

West Ham – Lukasz Fabianski

In a tremendous season for the Hammers, plaudits could go to several players, but the fact Fabianski played 37 out of 38 Premier League games while facing competition from Alphonse Areola is immense. Aged 37, the Polish stopper has showed no signs of slowing down, consistently ticking over as Mr. Reliable between the sticks.

Fabianski kept West Ham's number one spot in 2021/22
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium on February 8, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Wolves – Daniel Podence

Two league goals and three assists doesn’t wow you on the surface, but Podence’s performances were brilliant for Wolves when called upon. Regularly in and out of the team, it’s always been difficult for him to find a groove, but the Portuguese winger always knits play together and Wolves miss him severely when not called upon.

Podence was Wolves' most underrated player of 2021/22
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Daniel Podence of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on February 20, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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