The Ten Most Overrated Players In The Premier League

 The Ten Most Overrated Players In The Premier League
The Premier League has plenty of incredibly talented players, but who is getting more praise or attention than they merit, here is a countdown of the Premier League’s most overrated players. Feel free to add your suggestions.

10- Matthew Upson –West Ham

Played a key role for England during the 2010 World Cup, Upson was often seen as England’s third choice centre half. However at club level Upson hasn’t excelled, and has made some costly mistakes.

9- Charles N’Zogbia – Wigan

The controversial French winger has had some excellent performances over the last few years but is a real hit or miss player. On his day N’Zogbia is a real handful for defenders, but more often than not he frustrates. The former Newcastle United man has only played 45 minutes for his country, despite all the turmoil that has surrounded the France squad.

8- James Milner – Manchester City

After a couple of good seasons at Aston Villa, England midfielder James Milner made the move to Manchester City this summer, but the price tag surely isn’t a reflection on his ability. At a reported £26 million Milner has a world class price tag, but is far from world class, and while he may develop over the next few seasons, at present his transfer fee has made him very overrated.

7- Joe Cole – Liverpool

Another player who on his day has the ability to cause defences some real problems, but often frustrates. Cole’s move to Liverpool in the summer was supposed to be a time where he re-launched his career after been frozen out of the frame at Chelsea, but has struggled to find any real form in Liverpool’s disappointing start to the season.

6-Joleon Lescott – Manchester City

After a couple of good seasons at Everton, Manchester City made Lescott one of their top transfer targets in the summer of 2009. They signed the defender for a massive fee of between £22 million and £24 million, but since then Lescott has never really found any level of consistency and looks to be amongst one of the Premier League’s biggest transfer flops.

5- Ashley Cole – Chelsea

Cole is often labelled as the best left back in the World, but when he has come up against real quality Cole has often come up short. He has never really lived up to the hype, and for his country Cole disappoints on a regular basis, however he does have 85 caps to his name. For Chelsea, Cole is consistent but when things go wrong for him, he can become a real weak link in their back four.

4- Fernando Torres- Liverpool

There is no doubting that on his day, Torres is amongst the most deadly players in the league, however over the last few seasons the Spanish striker has struggled with injuries and a general lack of form. But despite just five goals this season Torres is still seen as talisman for Liverpool and amongst the world’s best forwards.

3- Steven Gerrard- Liverpool.

Liverpool’s second talisman and a player that could walk in to every single Premier League side. But Gerrard is another over-hyped player and is labelled amongst the world’s best midfielders, but in big games often struggles to impress. On his day, he can win Liverpool points on his own, but on others can go missing and make no impact whatsoever.

2-Wayne Rooney- Manchester United

Another English player who struggles to live up to a tag as one of the world’s best. At the World Cup in South Africa, Rooney made no impact at all, and has since struggled to find any sort of form. Rooney will need to consistently perform for the next few seasons if he is to really establish himself amongst the world’s footballing elite.

1-Glenn Johnson- Liverpool

The former Chelsea and Portsmouth man has been labelled as the league’s best right-back for the last few seasons now, but is so often exposed for his lack of prowess in the Liverpool defence. While very good going forward, his lack of awareness gets Liverpool in to trouble on a regular basis, and has often lead to dropped points. Johnson arrived at Anfield for a fee of around £17.5 million, which only emphasises how overrated he is.

63 Responses to The Ten Most Overrated Players In The Premier League

  1. Tom Hingley says:

    Gerrard and A. Cole? Laughable.

    Cole is the best left back in the world. Superb going forward and effective at the back. I have NEVER heard him described as a weak leak in the Chelsea back 4. One of England’s few world class players.

    And Gerrard going missing in big games? He is the man who has often single handedly dragged LFC through big games. Think back to the UCL games of a few years ago.

    • Joanne says:

      I totally agree with Tom. Gerrard shouldn’t be in the list.

    • Patrick says:

      I have to agree about Gerrard.. Seem to remember he basically won Liverpool a champions League title on his back, remember the comeback match? and speaking of comebacks, the FA Cup final V West Ham where, he alone turned on that extra gear to get the game to extra time.

      The guy defines big game player.

      as for A. Cole. Great player, to easy to hate.

      • The Gaffer says:

        I disagree about Gerrard. He’s nowhere near how good he was a few years ago. And in the past 1-2 years he has been practically invisible in many Liverpool matches. Is he overrated? Perhaps, especially if you rate him on his form this season.

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

        • patrick says:

          Yes… he is older now, it happens. Doesn’t make him over rated, just older and half a step slower.

          As for his form in big games this year, I seem to recall an England match where he alone was the team… First game after the world cup VS Hungary Gerrard scored twice in 5 mins to get England the win. The press at the time was that Gerrard is England. and He was one of three players to actually score for England at the WC…

        • Why? says:

          No way Gaffer the man would play in any team in the world with not a bench to be seen. Last year wasn’t his best but he still scored 9 times from midfield and had 7 assists better than most of the mere mortals in the league. The year before your way off the mark he scored nearly 1 in 2 games a whopping 16 from midfield which was the third highest in the Premier League including strikers. He was only 1 behind the highest number of assists that year as well. After a bad start this year they are starting to warm up and are only a few points behind the top 4. Come on mate give it up your on to a loser here!

        • brn442 says:

          Gaffer – Gerrard, age wise , is indeed in the twilight of his prime years, he has indeed gone missing for a lot of matches the last two seasons, probably due more to the turmoil around the club than anything. But that’s not your writer’s rationale. He said – Gerrard “struggles” in big matches – which is utter nonsense.

      • charles says:

        But this article is about the PREMIER LEAGUE, not the CL or FA cup.

  2. GenTsoChicken says:

    The problem with English players is that the British media overrates them & overhype them. Its not their fault they don’t live up to the expectation the media puts on them. If your going by your standards all English players are overrated.

  3. Nick Jones says:

    Shall we do one on overrated ‘journalists’ shall we Mr Beckett? Because I’d bet my house you’d be in the top 3. Laughable article.

  4. martin.raynor2@ntlworld.com says:

    Beckett, you are deluded.

  5. dave says:

    Wow, what a very poor article, I would feel ashamed if I wasted my time writing this, I feel a bit annoyed with myself that I got to the end of it.

  6. M says:

    Where the hell is Gareth Barry? He’s completely shit.

  7. brn442 says:

    “in big games he [Gerrard] often struggles to impress” – really? As opposed to Lampard? I guess the Liverpool skipper should give back his FA & European Cup medals, as according to you, he had absolutely nothing to do with the club winning them.
    I think you need to go have a lay down fella.

  8. brad says:

    mate you are the biggest Pirate, take a good hard look at yourself. Gerrard, a.Cole, torres, milner, rooney and johnson overated, Good Joke. I suppose you think Fabregas and Drogba are too

  9. john says:

    Wow, do you actually get paid for writing that?

  10. muff says:

    Shame on you lot. I didn’t even read it, just the names.

    This article is good at what it’s for. An attention grabber. It will be posted on forums now because of how laughable it is, meanwhile the author is laughing while his hits go up.

    Just don’t spread the article.

  11. This article clearly was written by someone who doesn’t like Liverpool. How can Gerrard and Torres be on the list? They are two of the best payers in the world

  12. guohao says:

    a crap article. just post it for the sake of posting it. (N) attention seeker article name.

  13. Ramesh says:

    Gerrard! I think you missed the boat on this selection. Before I write why, I should tell you that I am a Manchester United supporter. I have no love for Liverpool and its players. That said, one can not deny the impact Stevie G. brings.

    How quickly we forget, that in the sorry four matches team England played this past World Cup, the only player who produced was Gerrard. He has been fantastic this year for Liverpool as well. There is no way he can be considered overrated with these performances under his belt:

    1) Hat trick in Europa League vs Napoli. ( all three scores in 2nd half )
    2) Performance at Old Trafford, where he alone kept Liverpool in that game until the 87th minute. ( put into context how bad Liverpool was during that stretch )
    3) His brace against Hungary- I know it was a useless friendly, but that game meant so much to the collective psyche of the senior squad and the nation.

    Those are just few.

  14. lord ubegwave besechise ubegwave says:

    I think that Ashley Cole is one of the best left-backs in the world……to call him over-rated is stupid. Even when England shit their pants in every international tournament he is the one guys who never has a bad day…..

  15. Why? says:

    10- Matthew Upson –West Ham. I don’t see Matt as that good at all but how many actually highly rate him in the first place to call him overrated?

    9- Charles N’Zogbia – Wigan. He was a cheap buy in today’s climate and his value has certainly rose. Don’t know why he’s on this list as nobody would say he is any where even near the top.

    8- James Milner – Manchester City. Came to City for £16m and Steven Ireland and defiantly not the £26m as you say unless you think Ireland is worth £10m when surely £3m is more his mark but as Ireland cost City £0 Milner was £16. Ireland is a player who should be on your list as most on this site thought he’d take the premier by storm!! Milner has done fine for City and was bought as one of the best English youth players in the league which IMO he is.

    7- Joe Cole – Liverpool. I didn’t think he’d do so well and from what I’ve seen hasn’t. So the first one I think is truly overrated as eveyone thought him to be highly rated.

    6-Joleon Lescott – Manchester City. Not over rated but over priced that’s not his fault, this will happen when the selling club doesn’t want to sell the price go‘s through the roof. Who over rates him? He was never that highly rated in the first place. Won’t get in the team as Toure & Kompany are playing well and for no other reason but as he‘s young will get his chance and IMO do well.

    5- Ashley Cole – Chelsea. You must be joking! Clearly one of the best in his position for many years.

    4- Fernando Torres- Liverpool. Your joking again surely? He is still working back from long term injury problems and has had a lack of form, this doesn’t mean he is overrated how can it? Talent is talent my friend this cannot be taken away! A world class player without doubt.

    3- Steven Gerrard- Liverpool. Your getting worse. No one in their right mind could accuse one of the best midfielders in the world of being overrated. Nuts totally nuts.

    2-Wayne Rooney- Manchester United. The true overrated player of the bunch along with Joe Cole, this is a player who has had one ‘World class season’ all his others were average but the British press prided themselves in over hyping this excellent player he is not world class though and therfore defiantly overrated.

    1-Glenn Johnson- Liverpool. I don’t know how this guy gets into the England set up as most people I know don’t rate him at all, therefore again he can’t be overrated if people don’t rate him in the first place similar to Lescott.

    James I think you have only two overrated players in your list (IMO). You could have put in Steven Ireland, Kenwyne Jones, Adam Johnson or Nicolas Bentner as many overate these players and they are simply not that good. Although a couple could improve I suppose.

  16. aol says:

    Does what a club pays for a player really determine how a player is rated? Case in point…Manchester City was willing to pay James Milner a lot of money to get him away from Aston Villa. Well, just last year Milner was the engine that drove Villa to a 6th place finish and would have been looked at as one of the most underrated players. Now, because he got a huge salary from big spenders, in a few months time he is now overrated?

    Second, when talking about players that are overrated in the Premier League, how does one use World Cup performance as evidence?

    Really, Wayne Rooney needs to play consistently over the next few years to be considered one of the world’s best? WHAT?!?!?!?!

    N’zogbia being listed as overrated has to be one of the most surprsing inclusions on this list.

    Ashley Cole is the top defender for the Premier League title holders last season, a team that is in the top two this year AND has been perfect in the Champions League thus far. He disappointed for his country? What?!?!? In three games in the group stages of the World Cup, England gave up one goal which can be directly blamed on Rob Green. How does that all of a sudden make the best left back in the world overrated?

    Joe Cole – he’s dealt with injuries and was signed on a free transfer. How would expectations really be that high for him? You might as well put Michael Owen on this list and say that he hasn’t lived up to the reputation he used to have too.

    Sorry Gaffer, but this is one of those articles that you should probably remove from the site. Kills a bit of credibility. This gets people talking, but not in a good way. There’s little to nothing to agree with from this.

  17. Why? says:

    My, my get the pitch folks and the lanterns. Maybe a few here taking this a bit to seriously! Surely the man can have his opinion?

  18. Troy says:

    I agree with the poster up top who said that all this story is meant to be is an attention grabber. My real question is that, OK, so if these players are overrated, what is the criteria? It seems to change throughout the piece depending on the player. James says some are overrated because of what they are paid, but then some are overrated because of the tabloids. I wish there was more consistentcy with his definition of overrated. He’s using the term in the same way people throw around the term “world-class” when describing a player.

  19. King Eric says:

    No fat Frank Lampard listed?! Very interesting…

  20. UpTheBlues says:

    ASHLEY COLE? What are you smoking? Care to share?

  21. Liam says:

    Gerrard is the definition of a big game player. Ashley Cole? Best left back in the world.

    Awful list.

  22. C Dub says:

    YAYA TOURE….Highest paid player? Not for me.

  23. Patrick says:

    Project Page Views.

  24. Dave C says:

    Some stupid ones on this list – in particular, Ashley Cole. When has he ever been a weak link for Chelsea or England? Even Christiano Ronaldo has said Ashley Cole is his toughest opponent.

    Glenn Johnson is obvious. In fact I find it hard to say he’s overrated, because I’ve never heard anyone say he’s actually any good. Same is also true of Upson.

    Agree with Gerrard though. Has one “heroic” game every 2-3 years, and is crap all the rest of the time. Big time prima-donna too.

  25. Jason Jayson says:

    Not a bad list and it’s interesting that 4 of them are with Liverpool. Liverpool need to sell Torres and company and bring in new talent that’s young and that can improve the team in the future. They also need a new manager who won’t buy crap like Konchesky and Poulsen.

    Dave C, did you see how many times Ashley Cole was torched by the dimunitive winger of Newcastle? Like Johnson of Liverpool, Cole is very good going forward but average as a defender. Johnson of course is worse as a defender than Cole.

    • Dave C says:

      Ashley Cole may have been torched at Newcastle (FWIW, I didn’t actually see that game). But everyone has bad games now and then. Doesn’t change the fact that Ashley Cole (a) has been considered by nearly every pundit you ever hear as at least one of the best left-backs going (b)he’s been pretty much a guaranteed starter for Arsenal, Chelsea and England ever since he first came to prominence (under some of the best coaches around), and (c) even if it’s true that he’s an “average” defender, how come C.Ronaldo and others find him such a tough opponent?

  26. Smokey Bacon says:

    This list could easily be filled with any 10 Man City players.

  27. Peter says:

    Did Alexi Lalas write this article?? 8 of the 10 are Englishmen. Alexi hates England and all England players.

  28. Amber says:

    What, no Wayne Rooney? If you put Gerard on this list then how can you omit Rooney.

    This article was obviously written by someone who lacks knowledge of the sport. What a dumb piece!

  29. Chris says:

    I understand that this is your opinion but I have to say a couple of these are completely wide of the mark. For the most part your explanation is that they do not get it done every game or that they do not represent value for money in respect to their price tag. For a start your comment that Gerrard doesn’t get it done in big games is implausible as he is as big as big game players come. Nobody has had such a dramatic effect on one clubs fortunes as this man.
    As much as I hate Ashley Cole, he is the best left back in the world and has been for some time. His attacking ability, albeit magnificent, is secondary to his consistent defending. He rarely puts a foot wrong and when he has a good game, so do Chelsea.
    I definitely agree with the Glen Johnson selection, I don’t think he should start for Liverpool, never mind England.
    Milner is a hard one because of his price tag. I think he is a good player but Man City have put extra pressure on all of their payers because of their ludicrous spending. Surely if it is all about price then Berbatov should be on here. He clearly showed that without another quality striker, Rooney, to play with he is poor. As soon as Rooney comes back into the team to take some attention away from him he shows something, but he epitomizes inconsistency.
    Lescott is pretty crap.
    N’Zogbia is decent for a small club and Cole has flattered to deceive.

  30. Chris says:

    I understand that this is your opinion but I have to say a couple of these are completely wide of the mark. For the most part your explanation is that they do not get it done every game or that they do not represent value for money in respect to their price tag. For a start your comment that Gerrard doesn’t get it done in big games is implausible as he is as big as big game players come. Nobody has had such a dramatic effect on one clubs fortunes as this man.
    As much as I hate Ashley Cole, he is the best left back in the world and has been for some time. His attacking ability, albeit magnificent, is secondary to his consistent defending. He rarely puts a foot wrong and when he has a good game, so do Chelsea.
    I definitely agree with the Glen Johnson selection, I don’t think he should start for Liverpool, never mind England.
    Milner is a hard one because of his price tag. I think he is a good player but Man City have put extra pressure on all of their payers because of their ludicrous spending. Surely if it is all about price then Berbatov should be on here. He clearly showed that without another quality striker, Rooney, to play with he is poor. As soon as Rooney comes back into the team to take some attention away from him he shows something, but he epitomizes inconsistency.
    Lescott is pretty crap.
    N’Zogbia is decent for a small club and Cole has flattered to deceive.
    I think Torres showed against Chelsea that on his day he is one of the best in the world. Just because he is not playing well does not make him overrated. Same with Rooney. Form is temporary but class is permanent. Just because they are going through rough patches does not mean that they are not good players. I think this seems more like a list of players that haven’t played well so far this season as opposed to being overrated.

  31. emmet says:

    liverpool vs man utd is a massive game liverpool 2-0 down and who scores 2 goals to drag them back in? gerrard isnt over rated. have to agree with rooney though, good footballer but as a striker he has a bad goals per game ratio compared to the worlds best which is who hes compared to

  32. leftwingback says:

    this article is pretty spot on, if you have only watched football for the last 2 months

  33. andrew says:

    seriously…does this guy even watch the premier league?

  34. Red20 says:

    Torres? Gerrard? Rooney? Cole? Jesus man, if you guys want page views just promise Megan Fox or Erin Andrews nudes or something. Don’t just go spouting nonsense.

    How many of these said “on his day…”? Dynamite insight. What you failed to mention is that most of these players have more ‘days’ than most everyone else in the league.

  35. Sanjay says:

    Wow.. I really don’t know what to say looking at that list. It’s such lazy journalism and begs the question if the person writing it actually knows what the hell he’s talking about. Some of the choices and the reasoning behind them are laughable.
    I’m an Arsenal fan and I hate Cashley, but nobody can deny that he was one of maybe 2 or 3 half decent England players at the world Cup. And, he always gets it done against the best. He had Cristiano Ronaldo in his pocket in Euro 2004 and even in the premier league. In fact, you should do your research mate, Ronaldo himself has admitted that he finds Cole to be one of the hardest players to play against. I can’t say anything that people above me haven’t added.
    The writer seems to make the mistake of confusing overrated with overprices. Blame Manchester City for the inflated valuations of Milner and Lescott, nobody with half a mind thinks they’re worth what City paid of them.

    Only 2 of your choices actually make any sense and that’s Glen Johnson and Matty Upson. And even then I think thats a bit harsh.

    Seriously, we are used to a certain standard from EPLTalk, Gaffer, next time please think about who you get to write for this great website.

  36. Vafler says:

    As a liverpool fan its very hard to admit that you could be right. I agree that torres and johnson are overhyped but gerrard seriously? cant give you that one. Stevie delivers 90% of the time.
    berbatov should be in the list even if he scored 5 goals in the last game for man utd.
    Upson and Ashely cole shouldnt be on the list either. their teams are not doing that well surely nobody expect them to win every game for their respected teams every time? you are judging them both by team performances and not individual.
    peace.

  37. dominjon says:

    As a Brit living in the US I found this site to have both knowledgible articles and comments, wich is rare. However, this is quite frankly an embarassing article, and makes me wonder if I misread the quality control of the Editor of this site.
    Maybe if this article was titled ‘Good players wo are currently underperforming’, you might be able to get away with some of this list, but as it stands it is such utter garbage, even Harry Harris wouldn’t put his name on it.

  38. Bolo says:

    Pls overrated is defined mainly by price tag…Gerrard,Cashley,Rooney & Torres for me is not…they are players any side would love to have…yeah i would Kaka too…

  39. omar says:

    Gerrard….no way Rooney of course

    what about JOHN OBI MIKEL

  40. Flynn says:

    HAHAHA How did you end up writing for a blog this good, what a joke of an article. You clearly have watched about 1 game in your life and now pretend to know what youre talking about…

  41. nwosu emmanuel says:

    your dad must have be overated for impreginanting your mum,if it were in nigeria you would have been mobed or lynched.which school graduated you becouse am sure they must be regrating it,even your children would be ashamed on you for this one

  42. jack says:

    Ashley Cole frequently disappoints for his country? News to me, I was of the understanding that he has been the most consistent player we’ve had in the last ten years. And where is shaun wright phillips?

  43. Ola ladapo says:

    Wayne rooney is overrated, people say he scored 27 league goals but how many of them were penalties, and for him to be world class he has to perform well for his country and he doesn’t so don’t complain to Beckett about Rooney because he is just an average player who has been living off his euro 2004 fame. By the way Beckett sould replace Gerrard on that list with Nasri or Lampard.

  44. Ola ladapo says:

    Ashley cole is overhyped, people hve just proved this by saying he is the best left back in the world, What the hell!!!|!! Ashley cole isn,t better than Marcelo or Coentrao so anybody who r saying he is not overrated are stupid and should shut up

  45. Ola ladapo says:

    Flynn, some of what he said is right and bet he knows more about football than someone who thinks Rooney is not Overrated and Overhyped

  46. john says:

    just wanna note, have you noticed they are mostly english players that play for the England team,, hmmm sounds familiar. they hype up the England team before the world cup aswell, as if we are one of the best in the world, WE ARE SH*T.. majority of the best players in the prem are non english, yet we managed to fill this list with mostly english players… evidence does not lie, and Rooney, cole and Gerrard are mediocre hyped up to be amongst the best..

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