10 Most Overrated Players in the Premiership


11th, September 2006


DISCLAIMER: All Who Ate All the Pies’ lists lack objectivity, so if you disagree with any of our choices then please vent your spleen by adding a comment. (Of course, I’ll still be right…)

10 Most Overrated Players in the Premiership continued…

10 Xabi Alonso

I’ve never understood the hype, personally.

9 Claude Makelele
Sits in front of the best defence in the country, makes a few tackles and then passes the ball sideways. Easy peasy.

8 Stewart Downing

He makes Gareth Barry look good. ‘Nuff said.

7 Jermain Defoe

I’ve heard more than one misguided commentator call him the best natural goalscorer in England (David Platt, for one). Utter rubbish.

6 Pepe Reina

The horse has bolted on this one, but I never rated the big Spaniard (honestly!). No improvement on Dudek really.

5 Jermaine Jenas
Like a pencil without lead… pointless.

4 Peter Crouch
Set to attack Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record! Hmm, if England continues to play Andorra, Jamaica and Macedonia every other week, maybe. Otherwise, be serious.

3 Phil Neville
Does the dirty work, unsung hero blah blah blah – admit it, he’s a bit pants.

2 Wes Brown
This may upset Man U fans, but I’ve never understood why Wesley is so highly rated. If someone can please explain it to me, I’d be more than happy to listen…

1 Frank Lampard
Who else?

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  1. joe says:

    Alonso, Jenas and Wes Brown, TOTALLY agree I’ve never seen much in any of these players especially Brown. However, I think its harsh to put Makelele on the list. Simply take him out of the line-up and watch Terry and Carvalho scrambling around madly to try and close down all the space he covers. Good list though.

  2. Mike Nothum says:

    I have a hard time agreeing with Frank Lampard being the MOST overrated in the Prem. He easily had one of the best seasons of any player in the Prem last year.
    I will admit he has been off the mark lately, especially when playing for England, but there must be some distinction made between “overrated” and “in a slump”. He seems to be a little bit inside his own head as of late. Give it another month and he will be back grabbing goals…
    I also find it hard to believe that there are no players from Newcastle on this list. Owen and Luque have to be on there somewhere…

  3. Brian says:

    You need to post some sort of criteria for your judgements. Neither Alonso, Makelele, Reina, Crouch nor Jenas are overrated. They do exactly what they are supposed to and do it better than most anyone else. The best defense in the country? Ha ha ha ha ha.

  4. Andrew says:

    You’ve forgotten Ricardo Carvalho.

  5. Thom Yorke says:

    Crouch, Lamps, and Makalele… they are not overrated in the premiership. You have two GLARING omissions however in Craig Bellamy and Rio Ferdinand. Bellamy is all talk, and cannot play to his supposed ability and Rio Ferdinand makes so many awful defensive moves England should never win a WC game.

  6. drogballs says:

    Er, Alonso? Are you serious matey? heh..

  7. hahaha!
    Wes Brown isn’t even rated, and how in blue hell can anyone say Makelele is overated. Have you not heard the likes of Zidane, Figo etc. all talk about him and what happend to Madrid when he left! On top of that, his a key player for Chelsea!
    Jenas wasn’t overated, just over hyped, although he had potential to hype about he never lived up to anything. Frank Lampard has PROVEN he wordclass, why would AC, Inter, Barca, Madrid etc. all want to sign him otherwise?
    Your list is pathetic

  8. tim says:

    what the fudge kind of list is this?
    lampard at no 1??? considering he gets 20 goals from midfield every season for chelsea, thats a bit harsh. he hasn’t had the best season, but neither has gerrard, who still gets nominations for pfa awards and team of the year.
    why is wayne rooney not in there??? he is the epitome of overrating.
    in all i don’t agree with you putting
    xabi alonso, makelele, lampard.
    it is also harsh that crouch, wes brown, phil neville, jenas and defoe are on there.
    my list would be,
    1 rooney
    2 reina
    3 gerrard

  9. Anonymous says:

    you call xabi alonso overrated? do you watch liverpool? i guess not. yes, fair enough, defoe, downing, lampard, jenas…they are all overrated. i agree with everything apart from reina and alonso.