Four Premier League stars who don’t get the credit they deserve


Roberto Firmino is one of the most prolific forwards in the Premier League, and he’s certainly someone Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp loves, but he seems to be overlooked when the majority of people speak about the best forward in the league.

It may be that because he’s versitile, he gets overlooked from time to time, but the Liverpool forward is right up there with Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero – and someone most people would rather in their side than Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – some may even opt for him over Romelu Lukaku.

Love him or hate him, but there’s no denying he is netting the goals this season, and outside of Merseyside people don’t really talk about the Brazilian as much as they should – or as much as the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are mentioned, and while the latter’s goals have been so impressive this season, it must not be forgotten Firmino does a huge amount of work in order for space to be created and that to happen.

Roberto Firmino & Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and Andy Robertson of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)


A Chelsea untouchable since 2012, the Spaniard is loved and adored by Blues fans – and people certainly acknowledge he is someone who they’d have in their team, and it may well be the fact that he replaced Ashley Cole at left back for the club, but he’s been underrated by many people for so long.

Having survived and impressed every single one of the procession of managers Chelsea have hired and fired since his arrival, the right back by trade has become one of the best and most reliable defenders in the Premier League, and his ability to also bomb up the other end and provide assists has been highlighted more than ever this season after the link-up with Alvaro Morata and his leadership skills are key for the club after losing John Terry and seeing Gary Cahill injured and dropped for a fair few games this season.

He’s one of the most complete defenders in world football – yet doesn’t get the credit from many people for being so, and it seems that the Spain side have never really loved him the way they should – after being left out of the Julen Lopetegui squad for the November internationals and being far from a certainty for a place in La Roja’s World Cup squad for Russia either, which baffles many given how versatile he is, both in terms of his positioning and also systems deployed at the back by managers, with a both a four person and a three person system complementing his style of play.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on March 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)


Harry Kane is one of their own, and certainly a fan and media darling, but Spurs fans also love Son – and while the ‘underrated’ tag might annoy Tottenham fans given they know how good Son is, the majority of Premier League watchers and especially casual football fans don’t realise how key he is for the north London side.

They may well be in for an education in the next couple of weeks – possibly even longer – with an injury to Harry Kane set to keep him out for at least the foreseeable future, and there are some huge games coming up for the club – namely the Chelsea one at the start of April which could well decide who finishes in the top four or at least keep the race very interesting indeed.

Son loves Spurs and he clearly enjoys playing in the Premier League, celebrating each goal like it could be his last and showing the passion fans love to see – and wish other players would display.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates scoring the first goal with Victor Lindelof of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on November 28, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


The hero of the Manchester United win over Liverpool.

Yes, Marcus Rashford managed to score two goals and Romelu Lukaku was huge for the Red Devils at the back, but Ashley Young was the man who managed to keep Mo Salah in his back pocket for the majority of the game, and showed that Jose Mourinho’s faith in him isn’t misplaced.

He’s certainly the first choice left back at the club, and is someone who Mourinho clearly trusts, and at one point, Young was trolled and many questioned why he was even at the club – not to mention the fact he would be trending on social media for all the wrong reasons – yet it seems that while the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still have that issue, Young has gone from strength to strength and has put in powerhouse performances this season.


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