We have just under a week until the Premier League is back from the International Break and these days can't go by any faster. A few days ago I was on football twitter looking through what supporters were saying about week three of the Premier League. No surprise here, my timeline was at least 85 percent of debates about players, fans calling their players underrated, and rival fans calling them "shite" or overrated. So in traditional DST fashion, we are going to settle the argument once and for all with using stats and common knowledge.
Fraser Forster - Southampton
Fraser Forster had a breakout season in the 2014/15 season for Southampton, but it ended prematurely as he suffered a horrible injury that ruptured the tendon in his left knee. Last year he came back after nine months without playing and started where he left off as he didn't concede a goal in his first six matches back with the club. Forster has been truly unlucky to be playing in the "golden age" of English goalkeeping as he has to fight with Joe Hart and now Jack Butland. Forster has had a tough start to the season, but a hard fixture list and poor defending are to blame. If this player were at a top 6 club, football Twitter would be sucking him off constantly, but since he plays for Southampton, no one cares. But Fraser, we care.
Scott Dann - Crystal Palace
There aren't a lot of impressive qualities about Crystal Palace. They are terrible to gamble on, Alan Pardew is an awful manager, and they lost their best player (Bolasie). Despite this, Scott Dann appears to be the bright spot at Crystal Palace. By starting the season in fantastic form with averaging a 7.53 match rating on one of the weaker sides in the Premier League, he shows that he is too good for Crystal Palace. Not only does Dann lead his team on and off the pitch but he scores goals. He has two goals in all competitions so far, and one of them was to salvage Crystal Palace a huge point against relegation rivals Bournemouth.
Side Note: A good FPL player. Gets goals but bad for clean sheets.
Ashley Williams - Everton
With all the big moves the Premier League has had this summer, many people forget about the Ashley Williams deal and how extraordinary it is for Everton. Ashley Williams was unfortunately never rated as highly as he should due to playing in a such a forgettable Swansea side. Now that he has moved on to Everton he will be able to keep his great play going and will easily fill the hole left by John Stones.
Virgil van Dijk - Southampton
I know many people are thinking "he isn't underrated, he had a great season," but he still isn't getting the credit he deserves. He is a top 5 center back in this league, and the world needs to know this. He led the BPL center backs with an average of 4.8 aerial duels won per game and also had an average of 7.6 clearances per game. I am going to go out on the limb and say he is even better than Laurent Koscielny. In a few years, this CB will be a top Premier League club....just wait.
Adam Smith - Bournemouth
Adam Smith is one of the most underrated players in any position. The Bournemouth full-back scores goals, has an incredible pass percentage, and he keeps impressing. He is known for scoring unbelievable outside the box goals and already had one this year against Manchester United. He started the year with a 7.09 match rating in a squad that had one point the entire year. The ex-Spurs reject is showing how to battle back to the Premier League, and I think no matter where Bournemouth goes he is here to stay.
Mousa Dembélé - Tottenham
Every Tottenham supporter always knew Mousa Dembélé was capable of having a season like he did. He is strong on the ball, holds possession, a prominent passer, and is truly one of the most important players on the team. Unless you've watched Spurs every game, many people don't see exactly how dominate of a player Dembélé is. He averaged a 7.69 average match rating and even though he doesn't score the most goals, people by now know about his dangerous shoulder drop he does on top of the box. Due to his suspension, he hasn't been able to play yet, but when he gets back, everyone should be scared to face this Spurs midfield.
Marko Arnautović - Stoke City
Arnautović is too good for Stoke. I could end it with that sentence. He is a super skilled player, scores goals, technically gifted and with a 7.05 average rating for a team like Stoke he always impresses. He would be at a top club if he could learn to be more consistent. If he can stay healthy, I think he will get at least 13 goals for Stoke City this season.
Nathan Redmond - Southampton
Redmond has always had the short stick with clubs in his career. Even though he has always been a good player, he was stuck at Norwich who are constantly in and out of the Premier League. With him now moving to a good Southampton squad, Redmond will be able to get the ball and have more chances to score and create opportunities for his team. If he can keep up what he did for Norwich, I think he could be one of the surprise call-ups during future International Breaks.
Juan Mata - Manchester United
Mata gets a lot of shit from many fans about not being good enough. Even his new manager Jose Mourinho is known for not rating the Spanish left midfielder. If you look at his numbers and his plays, he was a massive help in Manchester United’s FA Cup win last year. Even this year with all the big names coming into the club he has quietly done exactly what he needs to do to help the team.
Salomon Rondon - West Bromwich Albion F.C.
Rondon only had nine goals last year, but that's more to do with him playing in the most negative side in the Premier League. He is strong, good with his head, and clinical in front of goal. West Brom is lucky to have him because he will be the main reason they stay up this year.
Shane Long - Southampton
Shane Long is a player I wanted Tottenham to sign for a while. He is a pacey dynamic forward who would suit a top club as a plan B player. A lot of supporters of top clubs look down at the thought of having Long at their club, even though he comes off a solid ten goal season with only playing 23 games. He also averaged a rating of 7.02 which is high for a player of his type.
Well here it is, the most underrated side in the Premier League, if you disagree be sure to tweet us at @DST_Tweets and tell us who you would choose.