Everybody has heard about the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe but what about the players that have been performing well under the radar?
There are many players in Europe especially that have been overlooked due to the sheer talent that is around these days.
Here I take a look at three players who have been performing on an outstanding level but haven’t gained the recognition they arguably deserve…
We’re staying in the Premier league for this first one, Dwight McNeil has been a revelation for Sean Dyche and Burnley ever since he burst onto the scene during the club’s Europa League campaign.
The England U-21 international has undoubtedly been one of Burnley’s most important and creative players as he tops the charts for Burnley for key passes per game with 1.5 and successful dribbles per game with 2.1, which is 1.1 more than the next Burnley player Charlie Taylor who averages just 1 per game.
As well as going forward, the winger has proven he can be useful when defending in Dyche’s system as he averages 1.4 tackles per game which is more than centre-back Ben Mee and defensive midfielder Jack Cork.
McNeil also has the joint most assists with Ashley Westwood as they both have five assists a piece but should the 20-year-old leave in the summer then it should be for a substantial fee as they may find it hard to replace the talented winger.
Mounir Chouiar is another player who has seemed to have fallen on deaf ears, the 21-year-old has lit up Ligue 1 this season with Dijon and he has arguably been the reason that the club are outside of the relegation zone.
Chouiar is a tricky attacking midfielder who also likes to operate from the left-hand side of a three behind the striker. He possesses unbelievable quality on the ball and this is shown as he tops the charts in the dribbling department for Dijon with 3.5 successful dribbles per game, a massive 2.3 more than any other Dijon player who has played 10+ games this season.
Chouiar shows his quality in the passing department also with 76.2% pass completion as well as 2.2 key passes a game, a statistic which ranks him top of Dijon players and 5th throughout Ligue 1. Most of the team’s play runs through Chouiar and it’s not hard to see why.
On the defensive side of things, similar to McNeil, Chouiar has been outstanding and ranks high again for attacking players when it comes to tackles per game with 1.8.
The 21-year-old may well get a move this summer and he would be a really good pickup for most clubs pushing on for European competition and may not cost too much compared to other players across Europe.
Last but certainly not least we have Cristian Romero.
Romero currently plays for Genoa, on loan from Juventus and this season has shown he can be a long term replacement for the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. The centre-back stands at 6ft tall but his passing is what makes him a top class ball playing defender.
The 21-year-old has featured 21 times for Genoa this season and although the club have had a pretty forgettable season, like Tonali at Brescia, Romero has been a shining light. The defender boasts an impressive 88% pass completion ratio and his calmness and level-headedness would see him slot in next to Matthijs De Ligt perfectly next season in the Juventus backline as they look to dominate the ball.
His defensive side of the game is also very impressive, he ranks joint 1st for interceptions per game in the Genoa side with 2.4 and he ranks second in clearances for players who have played 10+ games this season with 3.8 per game.
Romero has been a rock at the back as he averages 1.9 tackles per game and 1.3 blocks per game and he will be a massive loss to Genoa when he returns to Turin in the summer and if they don’t replace him accordingly they could well see themselves plying their trade in Serie B in the near future.
As for the Argentine on a personal front, he will be hoping his performances have warranted a place in Maurizio Sarri’s side next season as he looks to push on and improve his ability as a defender.
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