Top 5 Most Underrated Premier League Players of the 2013/14 Season

It’s awards season in the world of football and while the outstanding efforts of the likes of Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure and Adam Lallana are being duly recognized, some players are being somewhat forgotten. Here we take a look at those players who can count themselves unlucky not to have received more accolades after a great season.

1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

It might be tough to argue that someone who scooped the PFA Young Player of the Year award hasn’t got the praise he deserves but you have to comprehend where Chelsea would be this season without Hazard. In a side struggling to score goals the Belgian has not only come up with a few useful ones himself but he has also created more than anyone else in a Blues shirt this term. His seven assists in the league is not a fair reflection on just how good Hazard has been having created 88 chances in total. Compare that with Steven Gerrard (65) and Yaya Toure (35) and you start to see how important he has been.

Hazard’s end to the season has been somewhat overshadowed by his spat with Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s failure to win any silverware but that doesn’t mean he can’t head to the World Cup with his head held high. Expect him to also pull the strings for a highly-talented Belgium side in Brazil this summer as well, with many pundits tipping Belgium to progress to the latter stages of the World Cup.


2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

The 2013/14 season will be one to forget for those associated with Tottenham. The club have been slated for spending over £100million on players and having nothing to show for it. While that might be true in the cases of Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue, Eriksen has been the one shining light for Spurs. The Dane leads the way for Tottenham in assists in the league with eight, as many as Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Yaya Toure but in fewer games, just 24.

Much like Hazard, Eriksen would probably have more assists to his name if he had better strikers around him. He has also chipped in with seven goals and whoever replaces Tim Sherwood as Spurs boss in the summer would be wise to build their team round Eriksen for next season.


3. David Marshall (Cardiff)

It can be easy at times to over hype how good a goalkeeper at a relegated team is. As their team is struggling they are bound to be busy and therefore catch the eye on a regular basis. Some might argue this is the case with Marshall and the stats would suggest those people are right. The Scot is ranked as the 12th best keeper this season in the Premier League but had it not been for him Cardiff may well have been relegated by February.

The pitiful Bluebirds defence has allowed more shots on goal than any other team this season, with Marshall having to face 210. Considering he has stopped 139 of those you have to fancy that in a better team he would be much higher on the list of top keepers this term.


4. Wilfried Bony (Swansea)

Spending £12million on a player who only has a proven track record in the Eredivisie can be a bit of a risk (step forward Alfonso Alves) and for a while it looked like Swansea had bought a dud. Bony struggled during the first part of the season and often found himself on the bench. Fast forward five months and 15 league goals, and he is reportedly being courted, according to the Paddy Power transfer betting odds, by the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has averaged a goal every 149 minutes, a stat only bettered by Manchester City and Liverpool players to have featured on a regular basis. If Swansea can keep hold of Bony this summer expect him to go close to 30 next season.


5. Jose Fonte (Southampton)

The English lads have taken all the glory at St Mary’s this season but it’s a team game and without the solid backline that Saints pose there might not be so many of them in the World Cup squad. Fonte struggled in his first season in the Premier League last term but partnered up with Dejan Lovern has looked a totally different player. Southampton have kept 15 clean sheets thanks to Fonte’s efforts, with only Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea recording more shut outs. They have also conceded the sixth fewest amount of goals and Fonte deserves plenty of credit for that.

Whether the 30-year-old will do as well next season remains to be seen as this Southampton squad looks set to be broken up. But for this summer at least he can hold his head very high.

13 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Underrated Premier League Players of the 2013/14 Season”

  1. I dont get it. Yaya Toure received no awards, Eden Hazard did receive an award. The latter leads the list while the former is in the leading paragraph referring to those who have been awarded?

  2. If you’re picking a keeper, it should be Julian Speroni or Vito Mannone. Both of them kept their respective clubs in games they should have lost.

  3. Furthermore on Hazard, while his creativity is lauded in the article, let’s compare him to the unnamed-in-either section David Silva. Silva beats him in key passes per game 3.2 to 2.6, pass accuaracy 88.2 to 83.4, crosses 1.2 to 0.3, triples him up in through balls 0.6 to 0.2.

    Not saying Hazard is not a great player, just undeserving of a place on an underrated list. Again, Hazard has won an individual award this year! There are many deserving players for an “underrated” list that have not just been handed an award for individual brilliance.

  4. I think this list is 4/5’s good as I share the questionable nature of an ‘underrated’ status to someone as routinely lauded as Hazard is.

    I’d add players like James Tompkins (West Ham), Lucas (Liverpool), Seamus Coleman (Everton), James Milner (Man City) etc.

  5. Eden Hazard! He won a award. Yaya Toure would have been a better obvious choice. He was the only player who came close to Suarez in performance. The media proved Yaya Toure’s theory that the white male dominated media underrate African players so it is impossible for them to win awards, when the English media award put Toure in 3rd place behind Suarez and Gerrard. There is no way Gerrard should have been ahead of Toure and I’m a Liverpool fan.

  6. I agree with everyone in the list except Hazard, who I think is slightly overrated. He dribbles a lot so he looks skilful and will score the odd spectacular goal that makes people think he is better than he really is. He is a very good player but doesn’t score enough to be a great player.

    My list is as follows:

    1. Puncheon
    Him more than Pulis is the reason Palace stayed up. He scored many goals for them and Southampton and no one talks about him.

    2. Diame.
    By far West Ham’s best player. He can shot, pass, defend and dribble. He is like a mini-toure, but all the media talk about is Andy Carroll.

    3. Sturridge.
    I know what you are thinking Sturridge! He didn’t get enough credit. Sturridge over the 2013 Calendar year had the 3rd best goal to game ratio in the world only behing Ronaldo and Messi. If Rooney had posted these figures they would be hailing him as the best player in the world.

    4. Willian
    I have never seen an attacking creative player work so hard in defence and still produce in attack. I think he is more important than Chelsea than hazard and doesn’t get nominated for awards.

    5. Remy
    He is very underrated. I think he is the best French striker out there. He has all of the attributes of a young Henry, scores all types of goals and if it wasn’t for him Newcastle would have been relegated and their form dipped when he was injured. He is unlucky that he had never played for a team with good players because people would be calling him world class if he was playing for a big club with more quality.

  7. I’d go with Coutinho. While S&S scored oodles of goals for Liverpool and were extremely important, Coutinho was the life blood of Liverpool.

  8. I would add Dzeko to that list. Extremely underrated, even by myself at times. Without him the 2nd half of the season, City do not win the title.

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