The Premier League’s Most Underrated Players

Here is a list of Premier league players who I think may not get the credit they deserve. Enjoy!

Aaron RamseyArsenal

The Welshman endured a difficult start to the 2012-2013 season, playing in unfamiliar positions such as right-wing for the gunners. Criticized by pundits and fans due to his poor form, Ramsey showed great character to bounce back and end the season brightly. This was partly due to playing in his favoured position of central midfield.

Ramsey played a key role in Arsenal’s 10 game unbeaten run which sealed Champions League qualification. Scoring in the 4-1 victory against Wigan and picking up the fan’s player of the month trophy showed the improvement Aaron had made throughout the season. His no fuss attitude and incredible work-rate to change his fortunes deserves credit. Expect Aaron Ramsey to be a key player in the Arsenal side in the coming seasons.

Aaron Ramsey Premier League Statistics 2012 / 13
Apps Goals Assists Yellow Red SpG PS% AW MoM
21(15) 1 2 5 1.3 88.2 0.4 1

Leon OsmanEverton

Having been at Everton all of his career since 1997, he is certainly a fan’s favourite at Goodison Park. A great servant to Everton, he’s been extremely reliable for the toffees, making 284 league appearances (36 last season). Despite his consistent performances for Everton, he is very rarely in the limelight. He has an eye for goal, scoring 39 goals for the club including an impressive strike in a 2-0 victory against Manchester City last season. His performances have not gone completely unnoticed however. At the age of 31, he finally made his England debut in a friendly game vs Sweden. Everton will be happy to hear that Leon has signed a new deal at club keeping him there until 2015.

Leon Osman Premier League Statistics 2012 / 13
Apps Goals Assists Yellow Red SpG PS% AW MoM
36 5 2 9 2.1 85.9 1.6

Jonny EvansManchester United

When you think of players in the current Manchester United side, you think of players such as Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs. The name Jonny Evans probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind. However, the Irishman played a key role as Manchester United regained the Barclay’s Premier League crown. At the relatively young age of 25, the Northern Ireland defender has done a fantastic job of filling the void left by the injured Vidic. A tidy passer and a tough tackler, 23 appearances and 3 goals have capped off an impressive season for Jonny Evans, who is also a product of Manchester United’s youth system.

Jonny Evans Premier League Statistics 2012 / 13
Apps Goals Assists Yellow Red SpG PS% AW MoM
21(2) 3 1 2 0.4 89.3 2.3 1

Kevin NolanWest Ham United

The West Ham skipper has made a big contribution to his team this season as West Ham achieved an admirable 10th place in their first season back in the Premier League. Nolan scored 10 goals in 35 appearances for the east-Londoners, and it comes as a surprise that he has never been capped for England. His experience, goals and leadership skills have been vital to securing a solid campaign for the Hammers. The 30 year old also played a key role in securing promotion in 2012 from the championship, being prepared to leave Premier League side Newcastle to do so, suggesting his loyalty to West Ham.

Kevin Nolan Premier League Statistics 2012 / 13
Apps Goals Assists Yellow Red SpG PS% AW MoM
35 10 2 6 2.2 78.7 0.5 1

Gareth McAuley – West Bromwich Albion

West Brom’s attacking players such as Lukaku and Long have played a key role in securing the Baggies’ highest ever Premier League finish, but their defensive record also deserves a mention. Defender Gareth McAuley has been a key member of the West Midlands side’s success last season. Signed on a free transfer from Ipswich, the Northern Ireland international has gone on to make 68 appearances at West Brom. The 33 year old’s experience and reliability has gone down well at the Hawthorns.

Gareth McAuley Premier League Statistics 2012 / 13
Apps Goals Assists Yellow Red SpG PS% AW MoM
36 3 2 3 0.7 81.3 3.5 3

So, what do you think of our underrated players list? Is there a fan at your club who doesn’t get the credit he deserves? Let us know in the comments!
All statistics in this article sourced from

As an Arsenal supporter, Alex's main interest lies with his beloved Arsenal FC. However, he also has a passion for European football and a keen interest in the English Premier League. Twitter handle: @TheGoonerAFC
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