A footballer may play for a smaller club, but his ability could be on par or even better than some of the players at bigger clubs.
The likes of Georgi Kinkladze, Jay-Jay Okocha, Juninho and Tugay reinforce this idea.
Instead of worshiping the best players at big clubs, this article aims to appreciate the often unappreciated.
This means players from Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Liverpool are ineligible for my list.
Here are the best 11 players outside the top 7 Premier League clubs (as of 18 March 2012).