Footballers who have been very underrated this season

Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton – Burnley

Beating the likes of De Gea and Cech, Tom Heaton has kept Burnley’s chances of retaining their Premier League contention for the next season too. Against Manchester United, Heaton has pulled off 11 saves which proved to be crucial as they held Manchester United and gained an unlikely point.

He has made the most saves (34) until now this season.

Alternatives: Adrian (West Ham United), Ben Forster (West Bromwich Albion)

 

Defenders

 

Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool

The energetic left-back has gone unnoticed but his surging runs down the right channel and his wicked crosses have helped Klopp’s men stretch the game whenever they want.

Hector Bellerin is considered the hottest prospect in Premier League but it will be a sin to ignore Clyne, who with his current form assures calmness in defense and an extra dimension in attack.

Alternative: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

 

Left-back:  Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta can be compared to Morgan Freeman who changes the complexion of any film without making any buzz. A defensive minded left back, Cesar is a strong and sturdy defender who kills any attacking play on his side and often covers for David Luiz or Cahill when they are out of position.

He has been one of the most underrated fullbacks and his defensive mentality has barred him from any kind of hype.

Alternative: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

 

Center-back: Ashley Williams – Everton

The Welsh captain has filled the void after John Stones left for Manchester. He is a powerful defender and possesses a good air game. Everton who was sixes and sevens in defence has looked less vulnerable and conceded second least goals in the league this season.

It is their attacking play that has left them down. However, Ashley Williams has been a perfect inclusion this season.

Alternative: Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion)

 

Center-back: Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton

The tall defender has been vital the last season for Southampton. Pairing with Jose Fonte, Van Dijk has provided constancy which Southampton lacked previously. He boasts of 7.8 clearance per match and has a powerful header in his artillery.

Alternative: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)

 

Midfield

 

Center-midfield: Ander Herrera – Manchester United

Manchester United’s topsy-turvy season is on course to settle and there is one player who is responsible for it, Ander Herrera. Pulling the strings from deep midfield alongside the veteran Carrick, Herrera has enabled Pogba to delve deep into the final third.

He pops up with some thunderous goals at times and can whip a wicked cross whenever necessary.

Alternative: Leroy Fer (Swansea City)

 

Center-midfield: Etienne Capoue – Watford

Capoue’s, crowning moment came in a match versus Manchester United where he put on an admirable performance and also netted a goal. He is well fit to the central midfield role and possesses incredible technicality.

Alternative: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

 

Right-wing: Jason Puncheon – Crystal Palace

With a bag full of trickeries and pace, Puncheon might be the foremost reason for Crystal Palace still being in the league.

Puncheon has created more chances than Ozil and De Bruyne but has been plagued by injuries recently.

Alternative: Ross Barkley (Everton)

 

Left-wing:  Michail Antonio – West Ham United

A bustling midfielder, Antonio has been under the shadows of Payet and his performance often lack the praise he deserves. He can whip crosses or run at defenders. However, this season he has scored 5 goals in 9 matches and has been more efficient than any of the other Hammers players.

Alternative: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)

 

Attacking-midfielder: Dusan Tadic – Southampton

Serbia’s lynchpin and Southhampton’s heart of attack, Tadic has been phenomenal for them. Even without the likes of Sadio Mane, he is in a red hot form. He has got all the capabilities needed to reach the level of a typical number 10.

Alternative: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

 

Forward

 

Striker: Son Heung-min – Tottenham

Son is a modern day number 9 who can operate outside the box as well and is a worthy successor of Kane. Whenever Spurs go for a 4-4-2 formation, Son and Kane wreck havoc against opposition. He has already won the September Player of the month award and under Pochetino he can convert himself to a notable goalscorer.

Alternative: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)