The world of football is dominated by headline makers. The most popular clubs and their players usually hog the limelight. As a result, a lot of fantastic footballers slip under the radar because the tabloids stick to producing what sells.
we’ve seen some of the best footballers in the world struggle to meet expectations. For instance, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have had extremely frustrating spells in their new clubs.
But there have also been players who have been excellent but have not really got the credit they deserve for it.
Ben White (Arsenal)
When Arsenal spent around €60 million to sign Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion, eyebrows were raised. Did the Gunners really need to spend that much money to shore up their defence when there were other departments that needed improvement as well? Well, the jury is still out on that.
But the fact that White has improved this Arsenal side is beyond question. The 24-year-old received a considerable amount of flak as the Gunners lost all of their first three Premier League matches in the just concluded season However, he has recovered immensely and turned things around.
White is one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League right now. But the praise has simply not been as loud as the criticism he had to endure this term. The Gunners have the fifth-best defensive record in the league. White has helped Arsenal keep 11 clean sheets in 20 Premier League appearances for the gunners.
Dimitri Payet (Marseille)
Dimitri Payet has been in wonderful form for Marseille last season. The nimble-footed Frenchman has been a joy to watch this term, gliding past defenders and navigating cul-de-sacs with ease and grace.
The 34-year-old averages 3.7 key passes per game in Ligue 1 and that’s the highest of any player in the league. He has been in spectacular form this season but has not been getting much attention.
In 29 appearances across all competitions for Marseille, Payet has scored nine goals and provided nine assists. However, his name hardly ever comes up during discussions on the best playmakers on the continent.