Some players have the natural ability to stand out. Playing in forward positions, taking on defenders or playing for a big club can ensure that these types stay within the fans’ memories.
Some are noticed, but not credited in the way they should be while others may even go out of the radar completely. Here, we pick 3 players who are probably underrated despite their obvious values to their respective clubs.
Marc Roberts (Barnsley)
Barnsley have had a good season at this level, and are being managed well by Paul Heckingbottom. A major share of credit has to go to their players too. Andy Yiadom at the back, along with Adam Hammill, Tom Bradshaw, and Adam Armstrong firing up front have been impressive. However, special praise has to go to Roberts.
Having spent the first part of his career in the non-league ranks with Wakefield, Worksop, and Buxton, a free transfer from Halifax two years ago saw him begin reaching his true potential. His rise to being the captain of Barnsley is what the game is all about and his solid displays at the back this season have let nobody down. 7 man-of-the-match awards are a testament to that. Roberts’ importance at Oakwell is well recognised by Barnsley fans but he has largely been overlooked by the general footballing public.