This Premier League season is well underway and things are shaping up quite nicely. We won’t have the best picture until the turn of the year, but the excitement level is very high and should get way better as things continue to unravel.
We have seen some wonderful individual performers come to the fore, some of them very surprising, while others were just expected to keep on performing. The likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have continued to dazzle, but players such as Victor Moses, Theo Walcott, Son Heung-Min and David Luiz have also turned heads.
Other players, though, are being rated a bit higher than they really should be. This is not to say that they aren’t racking up stats and performing well – although some of them aren’t – yet it just seems like the media, or their own fans, are blowing things out of proportion when it comes to giving judgement.
This list is expected to divide opinion among fans, as no one would enjoy seeing their favourite player on here. However, it is what it is at the end of the day.
So having said all of the above, here is a list of the most overrated player in every Premier League side.
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20 Sunderland – Adnan Januzaj
Remember when Adnan Januzaj was the hottest name on everyone’s lips? Well, it looks like the 21-year-old has been found out. Januzaj broke out at Manchester United three years ago and was touted as the future of United.
Things don’t seem to be headed in that direction though. The attacker is now on loan at Sunderland and has made eight appearances for David Moyes’ side this season. He has one goal to show for his troubles, but he’s just not what we all expected. He wouldn’t be at Sunderland if he had lived up to the hype, after all.
Januzaj spent last season on loan with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, making 17 appearances and scoring zero goals. There’s plenty of time to turn things around, yet he’s nothing but a let-down at the moment.
19 Swansea City – Borja Baston
Swansea appeared to have shown some real intent when they signed Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window. What’s more, they signed him for a club-record fee of £15.5m.
The forward obviously wasn’t good enough to cut it at Atletico and spent the last five seasons out on loan with Murcia, Huesca, Deportivo la Coruna, Zaragoza and Eibar. He did perform quite well whilst on loan, scoring at a decent rate, and came to the Welsh outfit with a bit of a reputation.
However, he has failed to inspire confidence, scoring just one goal in eight appearances. Baston has been hampered by muscular injuries, though, and could come good for Swansea later on, but for now, it looks like that record amount could have been put to better use.
18 Arsenal – Aaron Ramsey
A whole lot of Arsenal fans have been waiting for Aaron Ramsey to grow into a talismanic figure at the Emirates and it looks like they will be waiting a while yet, as he can hardly get into the side this season.
The Welshman, who had a nice Euro campaign for his country in the summer, has only made two starts for the Gunners this season. Ramsey has been injured quite a bit during his career, which is probably the main reason why he’s on here, yet putting anyone else would be unfair.
Mesut Ozil would have been a great candidate in seasons past, but the German playmaker is doing a swell job this term and is shutting his critics up – except, of course, Jason Cundy.
17 Stoke City – Wilfried Bony
The Ivory Coast forward signed for the Potters this summer after an unfruitful period at Manchester City. Mark Hughes though he had ended his search for a potent target up front when he took the striker on loan, but a few games have showed him that it isn’t that simple.
Bony has only scored twice this season and, incidentally, both goals came in a match against his former club, Swansea City. He wasn’t at Pep Guardiola standard, which is why he was loaned in the first place, but it was expected that he would be back to his best after joining a club with lower ambitions and less competition for places.
That just isn’t the situation at the moment and the 27-year-old fully deserves his spot on this list.
16 Crystal Palace – Yohan Cabaye
The Frenchman has won three league titles in his home country, one with Lille and two with Paris Saint-Germain, so he has a vast enough experience to help Crystal Palace in the Premier League. However, he’s falling short in that regard and isn’t making the desired impact this season.
Cabaye actually has zero assists this season, and a single goal, and has already played 11 times. His teammate Wilfried Zaha has four to his name so far, while Jason Puncheon has two and is one of the best chance creators in the top flight.
Cabaye is viewed as a top-caliber player who can influence matches with expert vision, pinpoint passing and chance creation. Yet he isn’t living up to the billing at all.
15 Middlesbrough – Adama Traore
This 20-year-old was once touted as the best young winger in the world, but we are yet to see much of that from him this season. Sure he has pace to burn, a bag of tricks, and flair to make Cristiano Ronaldo look twice, but he hasn’t impacted Middlesbrough the way they need just yet.
Traore, a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia, left Spain in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a Premier League star. And mind you, he has shown moments of brilliance - most notably against Manchester City - but his passing leaves a lot to be desired.
The young Spaniard has a pass success rate of just 64.6% this season, something he really needs to work on. He could also be a bit more industrious, as he does possess the build and fitness to contribute defensively as well.
14 Leicester City – Jamie Vardy
This one may ruffle a few feathers, but with three goals in 17 appearances so far, considering what he achieved last season, does leave the England forward is looking like a one-hit wonder.
His goal for England against Spain on Tuesday night ended a run of 12 games without scoring and Leicester fans will be hoping that he can find his shooting boots at club level.
After winning the Premier League title in spectacular fashion last season, the Foxes are doing exactly what Claudio Ranieri said they wouldn’t do, i.e ‘a Chelsea’, meaning an unbelievably poor title defence. They sit tied for 13th place at the time of writing, despite bringing in some good talent during the summer.
Despite all their spending, though, they need Vardy back at his best or they could suffer a worst title-defending season than the Blues.
13 Bournemouth – Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere is on a season-long loan from Arsenal, having joined the Cherries over the summer. Some people are still wondering how he made it on that plane to the Euros this year after playing in only three matches for the Gunners last season.
Wilshere was allowed to leave on loan to build fitness and get himself back in contention for a starting spot in Arsene Wenger’s side, but after playing in 11 games at Bournemouth, he has not a single goal or assist to his name.
Fortunately, time is still on his side. Yet given his frailties regarding fitness, it’s hard to imagine Wilshere ever developing into the world beater many expected him to become, both for Arsenal and England. He could prove that notion wrong, but it has to start sooner rather than later.
12 West Ham – Winston Reid
The 28-year-old defender has made nine appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side so far this season and has already scored and assisted a goal, yet it’s hard to look upon yourself proudly when your team is sitting just above the relegation zone and in part because they’ve conceded 20 league goals in 11 games.
Reid has been an attraction for other top flight sides for a few seasons now and was a great presence for his side in the last campaign when he did play, but this season, it’s something totally different.
It was really hard to pick a Hammers’ player for this list, as most of them are under-performing this campaign, but defensively, a whole lot more was expected. And Reid is a major culprit.
11 West Brom – Hal Robson-Kanu
Hal Robson-Kanu was a real star for Wales at the Euros, but was unattached to a club at the time. By the time the tournament was over, he had several of them at his door. He eventually signed with West Bromwich Albion and was expected to carry his Euro 2016 form into this season. That hasn't been the case, however – at least for the time being.
The 27-year-old, who is able to play as a forward or anywhere in midfield, has made six appearances for the Baggies this season, all coming from the bench. He hasn’t made much of a contribution when coming on, having failed to score or assist to this point.
West Brom, though, aren’t doing too badly this season, but will be hoping to break into the top half of the league table soon, with Robson-Kanu’s help, of course.
10 Southampton – Jay Rodriguez
The Saints are having a decent start to their season under new boss Claude Puel. Even after losing Ronald Koeman to Everton, they have kept themselves in a good position and you do feel like the best is yet to come from them.
They could possibly end the season in a European spot if they keep on playing at this level and better performances from English forward Jay Rodriguez would definitely help.
The 27-year-old has always been viewed as a talented attacker and there’s no disputing that. However, he is overrated, given his stats, despite his injury problems. Rodriguez has scored two goals in nine appearances for his team this campaign. It will be interesting to see what tally he ends up with at the end of it all. But for now, he deserves his spot on this list.
9 Everton – Kevin Mirallas
Everton are much improved under Ronald Koeman this season, having badly underperformed last term. Roberto Martinez was axed as a result and with a new boss at the helm, things are really looking up.
Before their 5-0 demolition at the hands of Chelsea prior to the international break, the Toffees were rather solid. But like every other team in the league, they have an overrated player. And that happens to be Belgian midfielder Kevin Mirallas.
The 29-year-old has made 12 appearances for the side this season and could contribute a whole lot more. He has only scored one goal, also registering a solitary assist. Usually a very influential player for both club and country, Mirallas has had a slow start. However, things could improve as the season wears on.
8 Watford – Odion Ighalo
The Hornets have kept their good form going this season and are positioned in eighth place on the table. Following their promotion at the end of the 2014/15 season, they have played like a team that belongs in the top flight and don’t look ready to head back down anytime soon.
Odion Ighalo was a big part of their success last season. The Nigerian formed a deadly partnership with club captain Troy Deeney, plundering 15 league goals. The pair have cooled this term, but Deeney is the better performer with three league goals to his name, while Ighalo has only scored twice from 11 appearances.
Watford fans are must be itching for more from the dynamic duo who combined for 28 league goals last season. But they can still be satisfied with the team’s overall performance.
7 Burnley – Patrick Bamford
Chelsea’s on-loan striker really seemed like the youngster who would be the one to break into the first team after an impressive spell at Middlesbrough. The forward scored 17 goals in the Championship for Boro during the 2014/15 campaign, claiming the division’s Young Player of the Year award.
However, that wasn’t enough to land him a spot at Chelsea and despite all of the hope and rave reviews, he was loaned to Crystal Palace. He's only made six appearances, all off the bench, without scoring a single goal.
Now on loan at Burnley, Bamford is still searching for his first Premier League goal, having played a total of 31 minutes in four substitute appearances.
It’s certainly looking like all of the praise was undeserved.
6 Manchester United – Paul Pogba
Pretty sure you saw this one coming. Paul Pogba isn’t just the most overrated player at Manchester United, he’s the most overrated player in the entire league.
Having returned to Old Trafford after a four-year stint at Juventus, Pogba was supposed to be the player who started the revival at United, however, he isn’t living up to the hype, except when we’re speaking about dance moves.
The Frenchman has had his moments and has scored four goals for his old and new club, but only two of them have come in the league and what's even more disappointing is the fact that he hasn’t assisted a single goal.
He may justify his price tag in time to come, but Pogba doesn’t look like a player worth half of what United paid Juventus for him this summer.
5 Spurs – Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen came into Mauricio Pochettino’s fold with lots of expectation, having starred for AZ Alkmaar last season. The Dutchman scored 28 goals and assisted four others for his former side.
Getting the perfect opportunity to showcase his talent with Harry Kane out injured, Janssen has failed miserably and hasn't scored a single goal in open play at the time of writing. With Kane back healthy, things are almost sure to get worse, as the Spurs boss may just decide to bench him altogether.
Janssen is not alone in his plight, though, with most of the Premier League’s new forwards struggling to make the grade this season. Lucas Perez, Michy Batshuayi, Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri are among new imports who just haven’t cut it this term, but at least Janssen has been getting real playing time.
4 Hull City – Abel Hernandez
The striker joined Hull City two years ago for around £10m from Italian side Palermo. He scored just four goals in his first season, which ended in relegation for the Tigers.
He thrived in the Championship the following season, however, hitting 21 past the competition and helping Hull to immediate promotion. Having made a bit of a name for himself, he was expected to carry on scoring for his team, but after 10 appearances, he only has one goal to his name.
He is quite unfortunate to have to end up on this list, as former Manchester United striker Will Keane would have definitely made it ahead of him, given the reputation that followed him from Old Trafford. But the 23-year-old will miss the rest of the season after suffering a devastating knee injury, so having him on here would be a tad unfair.
3 Manchester City – John Stones
A talented defender surely, but John Stones is as inconsistent as it gets. He can put in a brilliant performance in one game and next game it’s a totally different story.
Described as one of England’s most naturally gifted defenders in recent times, Stones cost Everton a cool £47.5 million when they got him from Spurs. It’s likely he’ll be worth it someday, but, at the moment, the youngster isn’t showing that in every match. The good thing about that, though, is he’s his own worst enemy. Extremely talented on the ball, Stones can distribute from the back with ease. But that’s where his foibles lie.
He is quite comfortable with the ball at his feet, but perhaps too comfortable, as it leads him into making mistakes. If he cuts that out, then City have a real rock on their hands, but until then, he will be a liability at the back.
He could also work on making more tackles. While 1.1 tackles per game isn’t bad, it isn’t that great either.
2 Chelsea – Thibaut Courtois
The way Chelsea are playing at the moment, it’s surely difficult to pull out a name for this list. It will probably be even harder for the club to pick their Player of the Year when it’s all done and dusted.
After a worrying period, the Blues won five consecutive games and kept five straight clean sheets. That’s normally where the goalkeeper gets the plaudits, but not when he doesn’t really have any work to do.
Courtois had a stellar 2014/15 season, yet his form dipped the following term and we can’t be convinced that he’s back to his best just yet. When Chelsea’s defence was poor at the start of the season, he was poor as well. Now they’re doing great, he looks great too. Until he goes through another trying period, Courtois can’t be allowed to fool anyone.
1 Liverpool – Georginio Wijnaldum
The Dutchman had a great personal campaign at Newcastle last season and was hailed as a huge signing when he joined the Reds during the summer.
He also had a nice pre-season with the club, but after 12 appearances thus far, there’s still a lot to be desired from Georginio Wijnaldum. A great dribbler and good passer, the 26-year-old hasn’t been that good at crossing the ball and isn’t helping that much on defence – although Jurgen Klopp may not mind.
This by no means suggest that he is useless to the team, as he does look to provide balance in midfield, but that is not all which is required.
He got on the score-sheet in the Reds’ 6-1 rout of Watford before the international break. Let’s see if he picks it up from there.
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