UNDERRATED: Premier League’s all time underrated heroes
In its 29 years, the Premier League has had some iconic names play in what’s to be thought as the best league in the world, but what about its unsung heroes.
Everyone has their unsung hero and we’re no different, whether it be a player for your team or a player you think never got their deserved credentials elsewhere.
The underrated player isn’t always a goal scorer or a match winner, but can almost always guarantee they worked hard and that’s what made them stand out to you.
On the Box to Box podcast we love a debate and also, who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia too?
So, who were our picks?
Michael: Leighton Baines
“I genuinely think Leighton Baines was one of the best Premier League left backs for a period of 5, 6, 7 years”
Baines was at Everton as an academy player, before being shifted off to a Wigan side he’d help gain promotion in 2005 and then returned to his boyhood club in 2007.
Not only was Leighton a fantastic full back, he was deadly from a set piece, scoring some sublime free kicks during his playing career.
The Toffee’s man also became an England regular, being manager at the time Roy Hodgson’s preferred man for the left back role.
Theo: Alex Song
”I remember one game I was sat in the upper tier and he was just taking the ball and he was pinging it to people accurately and I was like wow! That is amazing!”
The 2011-12 Premier League campaign was probably Song’s finest, Arsenal had just lost star man Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona (where Song would follow a year later) and needed someone to step up.
The Cameroonian more than filled the Spaniard’s boots, claiming 11 Premier League assists during that season.
Barcelona was to be Song’s demise however, as he rarely featured during his spell at the Catalonian giants.
Alex would return to the Premier League in 2014 with a loan move to West Ham, but failed to impress and the Hammer’s decided against making the deal permanent.
But, where is Song now?
He is currently at Djiboutian side Area Solar 7, after his contract was terminated by Swiss side Sion as he was one of nine players who refused to take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic.
Liam: James Milner
“Consistently good, is all you can say about James Milner”
Milner burst on to the scene with Leeds United as a 16-year-old, making his senior debut in 2002 and is still going 19 years later at Liverpool.
Milner has picked up some major silverware during his years too, winning the Premier League with Manchester City and Liverpool, the Champions League with the reds too, but most importantly… winning the Intertoto Cup with Newcastle United in 2006.
The Leeds born lad is definitely a future Premier League Hall of Famer.
Andrew: Nolberto Solano
“I used to love watching Solano and the stories of him playing his trumpet down the phone for Sir Bobby Robson”
A cult hero for Newcastle United fans, ‘Nobby’ was the provider of many an assist for the Toon Army and was also considered as a dead ball specialist.
Off the pitch, Solano was notorious for his trumpet antics, regularly playing for manager Sir Bobby Robson.
The Peruvian refers to himself as an ‘adopted Geordie’ after his time playing in Tyneside and Newcastle was also his inspiration for naming his salsa band ‘The Geordie Latino’s’.
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