In a season that has already provided much entertainment and interest, the race for several categories continues in the Premier League. With Leicester’s capitulation of the title and Antonio Conte’s masterclass in South London with Chelsea, this season has seen some exciting stories come up. And to add to that, there’s have also been some incredible individual performances over the course of the campaign, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic living up to their star reputations.
However, there have been several other stars that have quietly made quite the impact for their respective sides and deserve equally as much admiration and respect for their decent showings week after week. Below are some of the more underrated names that have been performing to the best of their abilities, and making their way in one of Europe’s most demanding leagues, proving that they can hang in there with the best of the best.
Gylfi Sigurðsson – Swansea
Of all the players on this list, Gylfi Sigurðsson is most likely to earn any top individual honours following another impressive season with struggling Swansea City. The Icelandic midfielder has definitely been the club’s most best and most consistent performer over the last two years and has continued to prove his worth after a failed stint with Premier League counterparts Tottenham Hotspur between 2012 and 2014.
The Swans have flirted with relegation for the entirety of the campaign and Sigurðsson has been the only silver lining to a torrid term, even under struggling managers Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley. They’ve taken a new stride under Paul Clement and Sigurðsson has improved his game even further under the former Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich assistant.
Sigurðsson leads the league’s assists tally, ahead of the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen with 11 and has created 57 chances for his teammates this season. By no means the most, but more than the likes of David Silva, Cesc Fàbregas and Riyad Mahrez, who have played a lot fewer minutes and have a host of top quality footballers around them.
The Icelandic international’s form over the last few seasons is certain to earn him a move to a club with greater stability and ambition in the near future, with Ronald Koeman’s Everton being linked this week. With the form he is in, and Swansea’s survival in the Premier League still uncertain, this could very well be his last few months in a Swans shirt.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s PL stats: 1st for assists, 2nd for crosses, 6th for shots, 15th for goals. Remarkable for team in 16th.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) March 7, 2017