The Premier League needs the star names, but it also needs the hard working, unsung heroes to keep the fires burning. There would be little use in throwing together a collection of superstars if they weren’t complemented by those who are willing to do the dirty work, mopping up and manning the walls when the tide turns.
But sports fans always need the big names, the real artists who help provide the escapism that people need. It’s the excitement as well that fuels the need to see star players, but too often we’re left admiring the finishes and the expertise in and around the box, rather than the real creators and life sources of teams.
Interestingly, most of the unsung heroes listed would be more than welcome at the biggest clubs in England, that is if they aren’t already plying their trade at the top of the table.