This Season's Unheralded XI: The Best Premiership Players You Haven't Heard Of

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This Season's Unheralded XI: The Best Premiership Players You Haven't Heard Of
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It's halfway through the season of the Barclays Premier League, and what a unpredictable season it has been. The decline of Liverpool, the sharp rise and fall of Chelsea, the unexpected success of Ian Holloway's Blackpool, and the soap opera that is Manchester City. Manchester United remain unbeaten despite the Wayne Rooney saga and a distinct lack of fluency on the field, and the North London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham are flying high in both the Premiership and the Champions' League. It's a shame, however, that the limelight is not shared with other clubs who have had newsworthy seasons. The resurgence of Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, the excellent form of Bolton and Sunderland, the lack of form from Aston Villa and Birmingham, and the woefulness of West Ham and Wigan. Somehow these stories fly underneath the radar in American coverage of soccer, and while it is impossible to unveil every mystery of this season, it is fair to say that there have been unsung heroes throughout the Premiership who deserve a moment of glory. Players like Gareth Bale, Samir Nasri, and Andy Carroll are not included despite their terrific seasons because they have been praised to the skies already. It is my goal to bring those who haven't had that pleasure into the spotlight. With that said, here is my Unheralded XI.

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