Being underrated is sometimes a good thing; it enables a player to get on with their job without the limelight, but it also means less pressure to continue to perform in that manner.
With the Premier League 2019/20 season well and truly underway, here are just five of the signings that have gone about their business with little fuss, but with great results.
Ayoze Perez – Leicester City
Following five years at Newcastle – where he netted 42 goals in 179 appearances – Spanish forward Ayoze Perez made the move to Leicester in July this year. Since then, Perez has gone on to score four goals in 12 games – including a hat-trick in Leicester’s record 9-0 victory away at Southampton in late October.
A superb runner with the ball and with brilliant workmanship, Perez has become an important addition for new boss Brendan Rodgers as the Foxes sit in the top four. Perez will certainly be one for the bookmaker reviews as Leicester take on Everton at the weekend.
Lys Mousset – Sheffield United
In just ten games for Sheffield United in 2019, Lys Mousset has scored four goals – more than the three he scored in 58 games for Bournemouth over a period of four years.
The striker has adapted to Chris Wilder’s style of play intuitively, thoroughly justifying the £10 million price that the Blades paid Bournemouth for him in the summer. With brilliant movement and an eye for a gap, Mousset will be integral for Sheffield’s maiden season in the top flight and will likely be the bookies’ favourite to be United’s top scorer.
Danny Ings – Southampton
Following a successful loan spell with Southampton last season – in which he scored seven goals in 24 appearances – Danny Ings’ loan was made permanent in the summer. And, as Southampton struggle near the bottom of the table, the Winchester-born striker has been doing his best to alleviate their struggles with six goals in 13 games.
Perhaps it’s now time for the bookies to close the running for Southampton’s top scorer.
Adrian – Liverpool
A selection that perhaps raises an eyebrow, but Adrian has stepped in for Liverpool when they have needed it most. Alisson’s injury meant the Spaniard filled in for eight games where he helped the Reds win all eight – two in which he kept a clean sheet.
Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa
Tyrone Mings’ successful loan spell at Villa last season – in which he helped the West Midlands club to promotion – was made permanent in the summer as Villa looked to shore up their defence ahead of their maiden season in the Premier League.
Mings has been a rock at the back for Villa, playing in all 13 games and has gone on to earn two caps for his national side.