The Premier League plays home to some of the biggest sporting brands and best footballers in the world. But with high-quality players comes some seriously high-volume hype. Big-money transfer deals, constant speculation over transfer rumors, high-rolling ownership and passionate fans mean some serious hype gets built around players.
But who in the Premiership takes the cake as the most overrated player in the league? We want to hear from you.
Here are a few frequently-discussed picks to get you started:
+ Gareth Barry:
+ Gareth Bale: Another Gareth B. who frequently gets saddled with the overhyped tag, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has had some great performances this season and the one before and has been hailed as having the potential to become 'the best left-sided player in the world,' but he also often gets labeled as 'one-dimensional' and predictable. Bale has been praised for his breakneck speed and power, but his critics argue he lacks creativity and uses the same tactic over and over again to create chances. If he mixed it up a bit, he'd be unstoppable.
+ Michael Carrick:
+ Andy Carroll: Good but hardly £35 million-good, the man who was supposed to save Liverpool last January was plagued by injuries, has only scored two goals in league competition and taken second fiddle to a powerhouse Luis Suárez. Manager Kenny Dalglish attributed Carroll's struggle to assert himself on the pitch to the burden of expectation and his being overworked, and to be fair, that kind of hype can wear you down. And he's only 22, so there's still time to see his full potential at Anfield.
+ Theo Walcott: The common explanation as to how and why Walcott is overrated tends to be that the Arsenal winger has incredible speed but not much else to offer.
As this will inevitably be a rather controversial discussion and Premiership fans have some very strong and impassioned opinions on the subject, we want to turn the conversation over to you, the fans. Who do you think are the Premier League's most overrated players and why?
After we've heard from you, we'll post a follow-up slideshow with the top picks.