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Premier League 2020/21: Most underrated player in each of the top half teams

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The pandemic threatened to scar the ever-fulminating Premier League action, but the league rose against it and is back again at its dramatic best. The first full season after the lockdown saw each team throw some major surprises and who would’ve expected Manchester City to remain 8th one day before Christmas?

Liverpool continue to march on in their title defense, as ruthlessly and vehemently as one expects them to do. Recent bloom in form puts Manchester United up there among the top candidates, but it’s too soon to label them “Contenders”. Chelsea, with all the big acquisitions, have done fairly well and find themselves a point off the top four whilst Leicester and Aston Villa are punching above their weights.

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Jose’s Spurs will continue to mount a title challenge despite recent setbacks and he would hope for Christmas to bring a breath of fresh air and a ray of hope among his players. Here’s a look at all the underrated players in each team this season, up until game week 14.

1. Fabinho – Liverpool

The Brazilian barely fails to impress and continues to make his chapter in Liverpool history ever-so glorious. But this season, his performance has been far more impeccable considering how well he’s filled up as a CB in the absence of Virgil van Dijk.

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Fabinho against Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park. (Picture Source: Twitter)

2. Wesley Fofana – Leicester City

The French center-back signed for Leicester right at the end of the last window and has been a spectacle to watch on many occasions. He had a few off games, but the 20-year-old looks determined to make his name in the Premier League and thus far has been fairly impressive.

3. Fred – Manchester United

It’s never easy to find personal consistency in a side that chops and changes as much as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side does, but Fred has proven himself time and again in a defensive midfield role. Besides a couple of off games, he has been their second-best player this season and continues to deliver strong performances week-in, week-out.

4. Abdoulaye Doucoure – Everton

Having signed for Ancelotti’s side from Watford, Abdoulaye Doucoure settled into their core faster than expected. His pace makes him one of Everton’s strongest defensive presences and although his forward passing has remained questionable, he always tries to find spaces while countering. A lot of European giants could be after him if he continues to grow.

5. Reece James – Chelsea

Coming from a family of footballers, Chelsea’s academy prospect Reece James has upped his game this season and scored a stunning long-range goal right away in the first game week against Brighton. He seems to have sidelined seasoned campaigned Azpilicueta and stamped his signature on the RB position. Early signs only indicate he’s up for some very big things in the coming months.

6. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Tottenham

While Harry Kane and Heung-min Son take the bulk of Spurs’ credit, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has proven himself to be their most important player in the midfield. His astounding work-rate and ability to shield the back four tirelessly has played a pivotal role in Spurs knicking some close games this season.

7. Oriol Romeu – Southampton

The Spanish midfielder has played every game in the league for the Saints and time and again, he puts in a defensive shift that makes Ralph Hassenhuttl proud. He did have a couple of off games, but his ball recoveries and tackling have grabbed a lot of attention. He has a goal and an assist as well to his credit, stats which only promise to grow considering how often he bombs forward to supplement the attack.

8. Ruben Dias – Manchester City

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Manchester City have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, and Ruben Dias has played his part quite brilliantly. The Portuguese center-back is a primary feature in every City game and settled very well into City’s system in a short span of time. He constantly tries to play long balls from the back as well, a facet of his game we might see a bit more often in the coming weeks.

9. Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa

He was being linked with a move away from Aston Villa last summer, but it was a better decision as it turned out to stay at Villa Park. Mings hasn’t done a lot wrong defensively and his passing range has been quite impeccable, stretching opposition defenses during counters with his long balls.

10. Pablo Fornals – West Ham United

Fornals is one of the most hardworking midfielders in David Moyes’ setup and is a constant supplier of some defense breaking passes to his forwards line. The former Villarreal player has worked up 2 goals and 2 assists and not to forget, he’s hit the woodwork thrice. With Soucek lying deep to protect the backline, Fornals has exuded great quality with his passing range and promises to deliver some important points to the Hammers.

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