These are not in any particular order.
20. Gareth Barry
The Manchester City defensive midfielder was supposed to one of the best in his position, when he signed from Aston Villa, in 2009. Having been a hero at Villa, he is now being shifted from the Man City team. He lacks pace, doesn’t really score goals, isn’t a master tackler and there are many better passers. How he managed to get to over 50 caps for England is remarkable, due to the fact he does so little. Truly out of his depth.
19. Bobby Zamora
Another England player that is very overrated; Bobby Zamora should never have been capped for England. During his West Ham years, after failing to impress at Tottenham, Bobby Zamora made his name as a strong target man, able to hold up the ball well, but I think he was never really good enough to play for England (proven by the fact he played only twice). He hasn’t been very good at all at Q.P.R. and continues to be unimpressive.
18. Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson proved himself to be a great prospect while at Sunderland, triggering his transfer to Liverpool, which was thought to be around £16-20 million. Although still young, Henderson was put straight into the Liverpool first team under Kenny Dalglish, and was later capped for England. Although he can find defence splitting passes they are rare and he generally looks lost on the pitch. He has now been dropped under Rodgers but I still feel he makes it onto the list. Hopefully, he will improve in the future, if he isn’t sold.
17. David Luiz
Although quick and capable of moments of greatness, the Brazilian has been prone to making costly mistakes for Chelsea, having a tendency to do stupid things. He can make runs, is a great header of the ball and has a fierce shot, but can be caught out defensively and often makes rash challenges. For all the hype that was made about him and his afro, I think he never quite lived up to standards, although, like Henderson, he has time to improve.
Haven’t seen much of him this season, due to injury, but from what I have seen, he doesn’t live up to the title “best right back in the world”, that he was given. This was probably before he got demolished by Bale, yet he has always been quite poor defensively. This may be fine in other countries, but in the Premier League, with its fast pace, you often get caught out.
15. Phil Jones
I know there are a lot of Englishmen here, but in general we tend to overrate them a bit. This one I can see being a bit controversial, but I honestly don’t think he is that good. He is still young, but I don’t understand why people think he is all that good. He just seems like an average player to me.
14. Park ji-sung
He works hard, is alright at passing and can make the occasional tackle, but apart from that I don’t think he does much. In my opinion, Manchester United could have done much better in midfield, and for Q.P.R he is just an average player.
13. Jamie Carragher
It pains me to put another Liverpool player on but I think it is time for Jamie to retire. A great, solid centre back for Liverpool over the years – Mr Consistency – but now he is far too slow and doesn’t have the same instincts and reactions as he did before; making some costly mistakes for Liverpool recently, though he still plays. I don’t know if this is out of respect, pressure, or if he genuinely thinks he can do the job (which he did against Chelsea), but I think, sadly, his time is over.
12. Samir Nasri
After having one great year for Arsenal, Nasri moved to Manchester City. He has never performed to that same level again, apart from the occasional game. He’s a great player, but not as good as we all thought, when he left Arsenal. I wouldn’t be surprised if he left Man City in a few seasons time- unless he re-finds the form, which was tearing apart premier league defences with his slick dribbling and precise passing.
11. John Obi-Mikel
Possibly, in my opinion, the most overrated player in the premier league. The Chelsea midfielder has been a regular, since the loaning of Essien to Real Madrid, and played before that as well. He boasts a very high pass completion rate, but that is only because he lays easy passes to nearby, more creative players. For a holding midfielder, he isn’t great at tackling, can’t shoot, and like Barry doesn’t really do much. With the money that Chelsea have, they should be investing in a more influential player to fill that role.
(edited by Tom Greenstein)