The 15 Premier League players whose ‘reputations doesn’t add up’

Forming opinions of players based solely on watching the highlights of games is a dangerous business. In a sport where statistics are used as the basis for empirical arguments in an ever increasing trend, it is difficult to form an opinion of a player without having watched them play full games on a regular basis. Statistics don’t lie, but they often deceive.

Take Nani, for example. The Portuguese winger may have the best goal and assist statistics out of United’s wingers but I know plenty of Man Utd fans that find him incredibly frustrating to watch. As, it would seem, does Alex Ferguson on occasion who often chose Valencia and Young ahead of Nani despite him being fit and well rested.

Every club has players like this. The only thing that comes close to be as annoying as other fans under-rating your players is other fans over-rating them. With that in mind, I asked a selection of fans who their most over-rated players were, based on highlights alone, and came up with this list.

Click on Ben Arfa to unveil the 15

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