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Every Premier League club’s most overrated player of the season

Ross Jackson
Dean Henderson hasn't been as good as a lot of people seem to think
Dean Henderson hasn't been as good as a lot of people seem to think / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
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Who doesn't love jumping on the bandwagon and claiming a player is absolutely brilliant after watching 20 seconds of Match of the Day?

And the best thing about us football fans is that as soon as we've decided a player is class and told all our mates about it, there's absolutely no going back - of course we're not going to admit we're wrong! We'll take that opinion to the grave.

One of the side-effects of our stubbornness is that so many players are ridiculously overrated, and 90min has taken a look at the most overrated player from all 20 Premier League clubs this season. Enjoy.

For balance, we have also done an underrated list too!


1. Arsenal - Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard hasn't done what Arsenal brought him in to do
Martin Odegaard hasn't done what Arsenal brought him in to do / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

'Ooooo he comes from Real Madrid so he must be good'. Yeahhh, how's Dani Ceballos working out for you?

Martin Odegaard has had such an easy ride this season purely because he's a big name and a lot of the Arsenal fan base actually rate him. Well, we're here to tell you that he's been rubbish.

He was brought into the club to provide a spark in midfield and instead he's been completely outshone by a 20-year-old Emile Smith Rowe who only had two Premier League appearances to his name before the start of the season.


2. Aston Villa - Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings has been helped out by his defensive colleagues a lot this year
Tyrone Mings has been helped out by his defensive colleagues a lot this year / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Some Premier League clubs have been so bad it's difficult to even suggest any of their players have been rated. Aston Villa are quite the opposite.

The majority of Dean Smith's side have enjoyed superb seasons, but Tyrone Mings gets so much more credit than he actually deserves.

The amount of last-ditch challenges he has to make is just testament to how often he's caught out of position and the England defender has been carried by Ezri Konsa for much of the campaign.


3. Brighton - Dan Burn

Being a unit doesn't necessarily make you a good defender
Being a unit doesn't necessarily make you a good defender / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Just because you're 8ft 9in and have the word 'big' constantly prefixed to your name doesn't mean you're a good footballer.

It's almost like Dan Burn - sorry, big Dan Burn - is a novelty act and we all just dismiss any mistakes he makes because he's an absolute unit playing at full-back.

The Brighton man has been no better than average this season so if we could all calm down on the praise for a bit that would be great.


4. Burnley - Dwight McNeil

Dwight McNeil hasn't been as good this year as everyone makes him out to be
Dwight McNeil hasn't been as good this year as everyone makes him out to be / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Young + English = automatically brilliant. We all know that, right?

Dwight McNeil is made out to be a lot better than he actually is because he's one of the only players in the Burnley team who knows how to do a Cruyff turn.

The youngster hasn't had a good campaign yet he's still lauded as the magic man in the Burnley midfield - and that really hasn't been the case this season.


5. Chelsea - Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell hasn't exactly looked a £50m left-back
Ben Chilwell hasn't exactly looked a £50m left-back / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

A £50m left-back? Yeah, sure.

While some players are overanalysed when they arrive at a club for a hefty sum of money, Ben Chilwell has had it easy in his first season at Chelsea.

It's like the Blues fanbase just assume he's been playing well because he must be brilliant if Leicester's transfer team said he was.

Chilwell hasn't performed anywhere near as well at Chelsea as people seem to think and he's got a lot of improvements to make if he's to show he was worthy of such an eye-watering fee.


6. Crystal Palace - Eberechi Eze

Eberechi Eze has been good, but has he been as good as everyone makes out?
Eberechi Eze has been good, but has he been as good as everyone makes out? / Henry Browne/Getty Images

Right, first thing's first we know he's a brilliant footballer to watch.

BUT, is he really as good as we're all making out?

Just because a few teenagers post a picture of him on Twitter and claim 'the streets will never forget', it doesn't mean he's prime Lionel Messi.

Wilfried Zaha has been Crystal Palace's standout performer this season but he's barely had a mention with all the praise being dished out to Eberechi Eze.

Good? Yes. Actual impact blown out of proportion? Also yes.


7. Everton - Richarlison

Seven league goals is a pretty rubbish return from Richarlison
Seven league goals is a pretty rubbish return from Richarlison / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Richarlison is another player who people assume is brilliant because he cost a lot of money (and he's Brazilian).

Seven league goals this season is pretty poor for a man who started 33 of the Toffees' Premier League matches, and not only has he escaped criticism he's also been lauded for his good campaign. Really?


8. Fulham - Ivan Cavaleiro

Ivan Cavaleiro has looked lost at times this season
Ivan Cavaleiro has looked lost at times this season / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Fulham are a tough one to call because they had a couple of players who performed really well and the rest were rubbish.

Ivan Cavaleiro was asked to lead the Cottagers' line for much of the season and while we appreciate he's not an out-and-out striker and so was thrown in at the deep end, he escaped scot-free despite some dismal displays.


9. Leeds - Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips isn't the international midfielder people think he is
Kalvin Phillips isn't the international midfielder people think he is / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Have we all just accepted that Kalvin Phillips is an international midfielder now?

Alright, so he sits in the middle of the park and breaks up play while knocking it about a little, but he really doesn't do much more than a lot of limited midfielders do.

Phillips has received a lot of praise for Leeds' performances this season and to be quite honest we think it's a bit over the top.

Good? Yes. As good as everyone makes out? No.


10. Leicester - Caglar Soyuncu

Caglar Soyuncu has been at the heart of Leicester's leaky backline
Caglar Soyuncu has been at the heart of Leicester's leaky backline / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

One of the greatest tricks in football is players convincing you they're brilliant when in fact they're being carried by their teammates.

Meet Caglar Soyuncu.

The Leicester man has been carried by centre-back partners Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans at times this season, yet has still be widely praised for his stellar performances.


11. Liverpool - Nathaniel Phillips

Has Nathaniel Phillips been as good as we're all making out?
Has Nathaniel Phillips been as good as we're all making out? / Visionhaus/Getty Images

We'll be the first to admit that Nathaniel Phillips stepped into the Liverpool side in their time of need and helped them secure their place in next season's Champions League, but the hype is a bit much, isn't it?

The fact Jurgen Klopp has still been desperate to bring in another big-money centre-back - with Ibrahima Konate's £36m arrival recently announced - it's clear Klopp doesn't see Phillips as anything more than a fourth-choice centre-back at best. So let's all calm down shall we?


12. Manchester City - John Stones

John Stones has still looked shaky at times
John Stones has still looked shaky at times / Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Remember the bit where we said about centre-backs being carried by their teammates? Yeah, that.

John Stones has looked much better with Ruben Dias alongside him, but he's still been prone to the odd lapse in concentration and all this talk of 'City are finally seeing the £47.5m player they signed from Everton' is a massive overreaction.


13. Manchester United - Dean Henderson

Is Dean Henderson really anything more than a 6/10 goalkeeper?
Is Dean Henderson really anything more than a 6/10 goalkeeper? / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Young + English = automatically brilliant. Again.

Dean Henderson certainly hasn't embarrassed himself since becoming Manchester United's number one goalkeeper, but he's done little more than what would have been expected of him.

It's difficult to recall any world-class saves he's made that have won his side points and United will almost definitely need to upgrade this summer if they're serious about bridging the gap between themselves and Manchester City.


14. Newcastle - Miguel Almiron

Four goals in 32 league games still isn't good enough from Miguel Almiron
Four goals in 32 league games still isn't good enough from Miguel Almiron / David Rogers/Getty Images

Newcastle are another difficult one to call considering Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have been rightly lauded and the rest have just, well, they've just been there.

Miguel Almiron is one of the few other players in Steve Bruce's squad to have come out of this season with any credit, but four goals and one assist in 24 Premier League outings is still nowhere near good enough.

Yes he's playing in a defensive system but that still doesn't mean we should be going mad over five goal involvements in a full campaign.


15. Sheffield United - Aaron Ramsdale

Aaron Ramsdale cleaned up at the Sheffield united end of season awards
Aaron Ramsdale cleaned up at the Sheffield united end of season awards / Pool/Getty Images

If you were to pinpoint one of the biggest differences between the Sheffield United of this season and the one that finished in the top half in 2019/20 it would be the downgrade in their number one goalkeeper. And yet, Aaron Ramsdale was named the club's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year... How?

He may have had a lot to do but conceding 63 goals in 38 league games is nothing to shout about.


16. Southampton - Moussa Djenepo

Moussa Djenepo's end product isn't good enough for the Premier League
Moussa Djenepo's end product isn't good enough for the Premier League / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Moussa Djenepo has added a little more creativity to Southampton's midfield, but he's spent a lot of the season just running around a lot.

One goal and not a single assist in 27 Premier League appearances is quite frankly woeful - especially given how well the Saints were doing at the start of the season - and a lot of the compliments aimed his way seem a bit unnecessary.


17. Tottenham - Sergio Reguilon

Sergio Reguilon hasn't enjoyed a great first year in England
Sergio Reguilon hasn't enjoyed a great first year in England / Pool/Getty Images

Spurs are another club who had a few outstanding performers and the rest were hopeless.

Sergio Reguilon was one the few to come out of the season with any kind of credit, though his displays left a lot to be desired.

The youngster went missing in a lot of games and just because he's handsome and used to play for Real Madrid doesn't mean he should get an easy ride.


18. West Brom - Matheus Pereira

Matheus Pereira was too inconsistent this season
Matheus Pereira was too inconsistent this season / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Seems a bit weird having one of West Brom's best players on this list, but the truth is Matheus Pereira was nowhere near as good as everyone is making out.

The Baggies' only real hopes of survival genuinely rested on his shoulders and he just didn't turn up on a consistent basis.

We're not going to overlook the fact the Brazilian had some great games, but he honestly let his side down a little.


19. West Ham - Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson cost his side a fair few goals at the back end of the season
Craig Dawson cost his side a fair few goals at the back end of the season / Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

We all got a bit too wrapped up in the hysteria of West Ham potentially being in the Champions League to realise that Craig Dawson went a little bit rubbish at the end of the season.

The former West Brom man started the campaign brilliantly, though in the latter stages he made a number of costly errors that didn't really get highlighted because of how well he'd performed on the whole.


20. Wolves - Conor Coady

Conor Coady has received a lot of plaudits this season and perhaps not all of them justified
Conor Coady has received a lot of plaudits this season and perhaps not all of them justified / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

One of life's unanswered questions: is Conor Coady any good at football?

He's certainly competent when played in the middle of a back-three but some of the fuss made over him is way too over the top.

He's a decent communicator and makes some alright challenges but he really isn't worthy of the hype and soon gets found out when he's isolated by forwards.


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