Patrice Evra is over-rated: discuss...
Mr. Capello: pay attention!
The purpose of this slideshow is to highlight some of the most disappointing players of this season's campaign, and others which should perhaps receive more critical acclaim for their club performances.
Feel free to comment; this list has not been compiled exhaustively or scientifically, but rather from the viewpoint of an impassioned and (usually) astute armchair fan.
Enjoy the show!
Underrated Players: Cesc Fabregas
Much attention has been focused on Chelsea recently both on and off the pitch. In the meantime, Arsenal, driven by the impeccable young Spanish midfield maestro, have kept within arm's length of a late championship push, despite its continuous bad luck with injury.
'Cesc' is not only a model professional off the pitch, he also scores plenty of goals, already has excellent experience, and provides a consistently creative and combative presence at the heart of the North London side.
JT and Ashley, take note!
Underrated Players: Danny Murphy
Fulham's victory over UEFA Cup holders Shakthar Donetsk in Ukraine was remarkable for a club with such limited resources.
While Roy Hodgson must be commended for his excellent managerial skills, it is ex-Liverpool star Murphy who has been pulling the strings for the Cottagers.
What the 32-year-old lacks in pace, he more than compensates for with his vision, understanding of the game, composure, consistency...and the influence he imparts on games.
No, he is a not a flashy player, and he is as likely to go to South Africa as Wayne Bridge, but his contribution is consistently overlooked by pundits and scouts...much to the relief of his boss.
Underrated Players: Matthew Etherington
Many Tottenham fans, myself included, were disappointed when the club sold pacey winger Etherington to second-tier team West Ham in 2003.
Despite only scoring once in 45 appearances for the White Hart Lane club, he often showed real promise.
He would win 'Hammer of the Year' in his first season at Upton Park. Stoke recognised his ability and paid £3 million to acquire him.
Ever since then, he has improved each year, and is now a major factor in Stoke punching above their weight in the top-flight. He has dribbling skills, is a good crosser of the ball, and finds the net more frequently than before.
There is a strong case to push ahead of Stewart Downing in the queue behind Joe Cole for the left-mid slot.
Overrated Players: Dimitar Berbatov
There were raised eyebrows all-round when Sir Alex Ferguson paid more than £30 million for the mercurial but lethargic Bulgarian.
The striker proved during his two season at Spurs that he was a very fine player. It soon became apparent, however, that he did not possess the world-beating goalscoring and performance qualities that Ferguson thought he could nurture.
Berbatov has 18 goals in 55 appearances for the Red Devils, and has been left in the cold recently due to Wayne Rooney's sensational form and Nani's growing stature.
He may soon be on his way out of English football, perhaps for Italy, where his languid approach and nonchalant skills would be better suited.
Overrated Players: Luka Modric
Diminutive Luka Modric took a while to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football following his £16 million move from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008.
In his defence, he has been plagued by niggling injuries, but he has failed to really stamp his authority on the league and provide the goals and assists that Tottenham expected to reap from its significant investment.
In fact, many Tottenham fans consider Niko Krancjar's contribution to have been greater than that of his compatriot, despite joining the club much more recently.
Despite signs that he can now hold his own from a physical perspective, he has yet to take games by the scruff of the neck, especially where his side find it difficult to break down lesser teams visiting White Hart Lane. Time to step up, Mr. Modric!
Overrated Players: Patrice Evra
This may be controversial, but Patrice Evra, for all of the praise he receives from his manager and team-mates, is constantly caught out of position and beaten in one-on-one situations.
At his best, he is undoubtedly a world-class full-back, but he has been playing at a lower level this season. Because he has very competent and experienced team-mates, the French lefty's inadequacies are often concealed.
Ferguson needs Evra to re-discover his attacking flair and concentrate more in defence. He will need all of his first-team players to be at the top of their game, especially with Chelsea starting to wilt as the season draws to a tense finale.