The unsung players of the Barclays Premier League

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a bit tired of hearing about the same old players, coming back from the same old injury, and making their same old comeback. What about the others? The other players who work tirelessly day-after-day, delivering performance after performance, I don’t see any tabloid paper giving them their dues. These players are the unsung players, the players that fly underneath the radar, but without them, their respective teams would be lost and fail more than an England cup bid.

Case in point, Chris Brunt of West Brom. Although, West Brom have yet to light the world on fire with their footballing prowess, Chris already has 10 assists to his name, which for a team that has scored only 24 goals this season so far, it’s a massive help. Apart from that, he was the player who scored the winning goal against Doncaster in the Championship Playoff Final which secured West Brom’s Premier League status. But once again, his media coverage following that was minimal. Although I do realise the media do favour the actual goal scorers, more often than not, perhaps they need to take a step back and look at who’s delivering that pin point cross, or that majestic through ball.

Goalkeepers up and down the country are left neglected, thrown away by the media onto the curb of obscurity. Let’s take for example, one Craig Gordon, who apart from his big money move to Sunderland, hasn’t had a peep mentioned about him. This season he has kept 8 clean sheets, rivalled with Chelsea. To be perfectly honest, if i’m standing in goal, in the freezing cold while being constantly pelted by footballs, heck i’d want some recognition! But players like Craig don’t, they just turn up on the day, perform, and go home again. I’m personally a Fulham fan, and I think Mark Schwarzer deserved the pundit’s attention for his stunning performance in the Europa League.

It is an issue which really does get on my nerves, and I do feel more should be done on it. Although in some cases, players like Rooney and Gerrard do deserve the pundits and recognition. But now and then, maybe, just maybe we should look to the backbone of the team and show who should really be taking the applause.

The unsung players of the Barclays Premier League

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a bit tired of hearing about the same old players, coming back from the same old injury, and making their same old comeback. What about the others? The other players who work tirelessly day-after-day, delivering performance after performance, I don’t see any tabloid paper giving them their dues. These players are the unsung players, the players that fly underneath the radar, but without them, their respective teams would be lost and fail more than an England cup bid.

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  • Mike Somerville

    Chris Brunt scoring a winner against Doncaster is hardly the most glamorous football news story that’s ever happened. People want glamour and unpredictability in football. That’s why I think the Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney transfer stories have attracted so much interest.

    I know what you’re saying about Gordon and Brunt but lets look at the stats at the end of the season and see who dominates the top 3 in assists and goals. Probably players from Chelsea, Utd or Arsenal

  • http://twitter.com/BlahBlahOli Oliver Hill

    Yeah, I completely agree with you to be honest Mike. I do find it a pity that certain players are hyped a lot more than others, but thats football for you I guess!

  • Mike Somerville

    From one Fulham fan to another haha!

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