The Premier League is seen as the greatest league in the world. Since the late 2000s, the league has been the hardest to predict in all of the top European domestic leagues. But with that being said the unsung heroes of the Premier League normally fly under the radar if they aren’t playing for a top 6 club.
There are a bunch of players that have floated around the league for years and have been crucial to a teams success without ever receiving the plaudits. Now, this list isn’t saying that they aren’t loved by their own team’s fanbase, but rather not seen as a danger to all Premier League opposition.
Number 5 – Lukas Fabianski
Starting with probably one of the most underrated goalkeepers currently playing in the Premier League. it’s no secret that his time at Arsenal was a learning curve for the Polish international, but he has become a solid pair of hands between the sticks since joining The Hammers.
Fabianski made his debut in the league in the 2007/08 season playing 3 games. He failed to nail down a first-team spot at Arsenal, resorting to playing mostly cup matches, before trading the English capital for a stint in Wales with Swansea.
He enjoyed 4 impressive seasons with The Swans before they were relegated to the Championship and the Polish shot-stopper made his move back to London. ever since arriving at West Ham, Fabianski has looked solid in goal and West Ham look a much more comfortable and capable squad when he is included.
Although he may never win any golden glove awards, Fabianski doesn’t get the credit his performances deserve since his arrival. He has played a huge part in helping West Ham stay in the Premier League and deserves more credit for his ability.
Number 4 – Pascal Gross
Since arriving on the south coast of England in 2017, Pascal Gross has really endeared himself to the Brighton faithful. Many fans of the Premier League saw former Brighton teammate Arron Mooy as the ticking timepiece in the centre for The Seagulls but since his departure this season, it has been clear that Gross is a vital part of their squad.
Gross, a clinical passer of the ball and a deadly set-piece specialist has been pulling the strings in the midfield for Brighton this season and although half of his appearances have been off the bench this season, he makes a huge impact when he takes to the field.
With 2 goals and 2 assists in 10 games this season, he has started the campaign strongly but the stats he is producing are not eyebrow-raising. His work off the ball and the space he creates is the reason for his inclusion in this 5.
A commanding figure in the centre of the park, Gross often helps his team play their way out of trouble, calling for the ball in tight areas and spotting a pass that not many would see. His calm and collected mind inside the final third is something that Brighton often miss at times but the German is underrated by the Premier League audience.
Number 3 – Mateusz Klich
Leeds have taken the league by storm this season, but their position in the table would not suggest that. They have been rather unlucky in games against Wolves, Liverpool and Arsenal not to walk away with 3 points. But one man who has been doing incredible work behind the scenes is Mateusz Klich.
Klich, who has played three different roles in the midfield for Leeds this season, has been exceptional. From a solid and capable defensive midfielder to a playmaking box to box attacking mid, the Polish international has been a key player for Marcelo Bielsa.
The praise is often heap on Kalvin Philips or Stuart Dallas for their incredible play to dictate a game but Klich has been doing a lot to help out. His stamina, much like most of the Leeds players is awe-inspiring. It’s a mystery that they all don’t collapse at the end of the 90 minutes.
However, Klich is confident on the ball whether he’s under pressure or is driving the team forward, his tackling is often inch-perfect and can fit anywhere in the central role. I honestly believe that if you remove Klich from this Leeds team you would see a massive difference in how they perform in the middle of the park.
Number 2 – James Ward-Prowse
This inclusion has a lot more credibility before the start of this season. Ward-Prowse is finally starting to be recognised for his playmaking ability. Possibly the most deadly free-kick taker currently playing in the league, he has shone for his all-round talents this season.
At 26, the midfielder is making a huge claim to be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this summer for the delayed Euros. His passing is top quality and is normally the best on the pitch by a mile and whether he is deployed out on the right-hand side of midfield or in the centre, he is deadly from anywhere in the oppositions half.
Not known for his pace, he makes up for that with his positional awareness rarely being caught out and his closing down of players is normally unnoticed. A highly versatile player, but his best is shown when on the offence.
One of the stars of the current season, as Southampton has begun in fantastic form, Ward-Prowse will probably find himself being called up for England for the next set of friendlies.
Number 1 – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Weirdly I did say outside the top 6 but until this season Hojbjerg was a player that didn’t feature for a top 6 side, so let me off?
Hojbjerg was a strange transfer to see in the summer as I wasn’t 100% what he was going to add to the Spurs side with a midfield already consiting of Sissoko, Ndombele and Lo Celso, but I’ll admit he has been fantastic. His defensive positioning and allowing players like Son and Kane to stay up the pitch have helped Spurs challenge for the top of the table.
Arriving from Southampton, Hojbjerg relatively went under the radar for his performances at the Saints. The defensive midfielder took on the task of playing Southampton, and now Spurs, out from the back after attempting to win the ball back.
Although the Dane is used to picking up yellow cards for his defensive action, he is someone you would rely on putting 100% into every tackle. A hard-working and exceptional player, who is finally showing glimpses as to why Bayern Munich originally signed him.
That’s our list, let me know in the comments below if you agree or disagree and who are your 5 players who you think don’t get given the credit they deserve.