EPL: 20 Underrated Players to Watch for in 2012-13

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EPL: 20 Underrated Players to Watch for in 2012-13
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Darron Gibson (left) with Everton teammates Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar

As the 2012-13 English Premier League season gets closer to commencement, there will be players looking to prove themselves far more than others.

Although the term “underrated” has been used fairly loosely in football, there is no doubt that various clubs throughout England have their fair share of diamond players who either get little support from management or fail to be recognized by the media for their important on-field contributions.

Now, the 20 underrated players that comprise this list are neither the most overlooked at their clubs nor are they in the class of the league’s best footballers. Instead, they are in that unique category where fan perceptions, club backing and media stipulation converge.

Some may be taken aback by those footballers who appear in this ranking. However, consideration had to be given to each EPL club. If not, clubs with lesser-known players such as Norwich City and Swansea City, who exceeded all expectations last season, might populate the entire list.

In order to avoid those problems, this list contains arguably the most underrated players at each of the 20 clubs in the top flight.  

So, what do you think?

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