The 5 most underrated Premier League players

The 5 most underrated Premier League players

03/05/24 14:22

The Premier League this season has been full of exciting story lines, world class performances and even some ‘flop’ signing. But every year there seems to be quite a few players who go under the radar in terms of mainstream attention. I’m not talking about players like Leandro Trossard or Curtis Jones, but players who are actually underrated.

Here are our top five most underrated Premier League players this season.

Rodrigo Muniz (Fulham)

Despite only playing in five of Fulham’s opening 16 league games this season, Rodrigo Muniz has been in electric form since he netted in their 2-2 draw against Burnley at the beginning of February. The Brazilian striker has been at the club since they were in the Championship two years ago, but this is the first time he has hit form like this. Probably his best moment of the season came against Tottenham, as he scored twice to help Fulham win 3-0. With nine goals this season, the 22-year-old, who turns 23 tomorrow, has averaged a goal every 163 minutes, which is pretty impressive for a team in the bottom half of the table. At such a young age, it is obvious that we will be seeing more of him next season, but whether that is still at Fulham, we will have to see.

Marcos Senesi (Bournemouth)

Which central defender has the most goal involvements in the Premier League this season? Gabriel for Arsenal? Van Dijk for Liverpool? The answer is Marcos Senesi for Bournemouth. The Argentine has four goals and four assists from centre-back this season and managed to get both the assists in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United last month. On top of that, the 26-year-old has formed an incredible partnership with Ukrainian international Illya Zabarnyi in the heart of Bournemouth’s defence which has been instrumental to their success under Andoni Iraola. Senesi signed for the Cherries in the summer of 2022 from Feyenoord for just £13.5million and I’m sure Bournemouth fans will agree that he has been worth every penny.

Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa have had an incredible season in both the Premier League and the UEFA Conference League, and a lot of their players have been highly praised, and rightly so. But one player who has definitely flown under the radar this season, is England international, Ezri Konsa. The defender has had to play at both centre-back and right-back this season and has proven himself to be a consistently trustworthy player of Unai Emery’s side. Konsa has started all but three of Villa’s Premier League games this season and even chipped in with a goal, something which he is certainly not known for. While Ollie Watkins or Emi Martinez may get all of the credit for Villa’s incredible season, a mention must be made for how comfortable Konsa has been in an unfamiliar position.

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth)

The second inclusion from the Cherries, Lewis Cook has been transformed under new boss Andoni Iraola. A utility player who plays most of his time as the deepest lying midfielder in Iraola’s system Cook has formed an unlikely partnership in the middle of the park with Ryan Christie, who last season was deployed as a winger rather than a number 8. While Cook hasn’t contributed much to Bournemouth’s attacking threat this season, with just three assists, he has been a battler in midfield. Only Fulham’s Antonee Robinson has more interceptions in the Premier League than Cook. For a lot of his career, the Englishman has struggled due to injuries, but he is now playing his best football and he is certainly in with a shout of making the England squad for the Euros, at least in my opinion.

Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion)

One of the Premier League’s most underrated players over the last few years, Pascal Groß signed for Brighton and Hove Albion for just £3 million back in 2017. Since then, the German midfielder has provided 30 goals and 45 assists, for a team that has, until recently, been in the lower half of the table. This season, Groß has been played in various positions under Roberto De Zerbi including at right-back, but that has not slowed down his goal involvements. With four goals and 10 assists, this has proven to be one of his most successful years at the club as Brighton enjoyed European football for the first time. In addition to this, the 32-year-old has only missed two Premier League games all season, which is impressive considering Brighton’s extensive injury list. Groß’s form this season has led him to his international debut and has since played five times for his country; a well earned reward for his consistently excellent performances.


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