Under the radar XI

A Premier League XI looking at the players who deserve more credit this season

Adam Williams
Published 04/11/2013 13:16 by Adam Williams, read by 1,796 people.

Some of the Premier Leagues best known players have provided many highlights again this season.

But lets take a look at the players that do their job week in week out, without any of the plaudits. The players that have been defined as a poor signing or as over-rated, when the statistics provide us with different results.

Tim Krul (Newcastle)

Krul, while once over shadowed by the goal keeping excellence of Shay Given at Newcastle United, has proved time and time again his importance between the sticks this season. Most recently his heroics against Fulham this weekend, providing his team with the ability to give claim the full three points they desperately needed. He can be credited with aiding his teams entry into Europe last season and, keeping his teams survival hopes alive this season.

Micah Richards (Manchester City)

Although Richards, when fit, has been picked for his club side on occasion. Even taking captaincy duties in the absence of Kompany at times. His country always seem to over look his talent. With an abundance of talent in the right back position, you can see why he could maybe struggle. However Richards could be used as cover for centre-back or right-back, and his ability when fit, proves his case in abundance.

Phil Jagielka (Everton)

Jagielka has been a rock in defence for Everton season after season. Providing stability after the loss of Joleon Lescott to Manchester City in 2009. His defensive solidity and ariel attacking threat, make him one of the best English defenders in the League.

Brede Hangeland (Fulham)

Fulham's captain and defensive giant at 6ft 6 1/2 inches tall. Since his move from Copenhagen in 2008, Hangeland has proven his class with consistent, brick wall displays at the heart of Fulham's defence.

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Manchester City are deservedly known as a colossal spending force world wide. Players wages and transfer fees no secret in the world of football. However, Zabaleta has proven there are still some gems from the old regime surviving at Manchester City. Since his move in 2008 from Espanyol, the Argentinian has made 125 appearances for the club. Guaranteed a start in the crunch games, over his four seasons at the club, he has proven himself to be a big game player for the blue side of Manchester.

Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur)

Although injured for the majority of this campaign. There is no doubt Sandro has began to announce himself in the heart of Spurs' midfield. When Scott Parker was on the injury table, Tottenham feared they would be without that bite in midfield, but Sandro delivered. Namely in the Champions League tie against AC Milan at the San Siro, in the 2010-2011 season, with an outstanding disciplined performance.

The 24-year-old Brazilian is arguably one of the most technically gifted defensive midfielders in the game, and Spurs must be itching to have him at their disposal once again.

Shaun Maloney (Wigan)

Maloney is Wigan's engine. Everything good coming from the Latics this season seems to involve him. Wether it's keeping them ticking over in midfield or snatching a valuable, last minute point with a heroic free-kick in injury time, against QPR. If Wigan manage to avoid the drop again this season, he will be one of the main reasons why.

Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

When Johnson moved from Middlesborough in 2010 to the ever spending Manchester City, he announced his talent at the highest level. While becoming one of the most exciting, young English talents in the game. However, Johnson never cemented his place in the starting 11. With competition for places rife in the City ranks, he took the opportunity for first team football with a move away from The Etihad to Sunderland. If given the games, Johnson could again become one of the most feared wingers in the league.

Nathan Dyer (Swansea)

The pint sized winger from England has weaved, dodged and accelerated his way into the forefront of opposition minds. Swansea City have been a breath of fresh air since joining the Premier League in the 2011-2012 season, and Dyer has epitomised that. With fearless attacking runs and youthful exuberance, the 25-year-old has been pivotal to Swansea's attacking threat this season and last.

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)

Why transfer speculation linking the Frenchman with every club above Newcastle United, isn't humming around Tyne-side this season, I have no idea. Cabaye has graced the pitch with flair, class and midfield graft over and over for the magpies. And with the added bonus of a thumping right foot and dead ball speciality, he has the whole package.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Giroud has been seen as a 'flop signing' for the Gunners by a lot of pundits. But the frenchman has fired 16 goals in all competitions this season.

In the age where allowances are made for a players progression in the Premier League, due to it's perceived, physical demands. This isn't a terrible return, in fact I think most Arsenal fans out there will be far from writing him off as a bad signing just yet.



Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan)
Joanas Olsson (West Brom)
Junior Hoilett (QPR)
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)


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