Twitter is often awash with sporting trends and Friday was no different; with England cricketer Joe Root sharing the bill with Australia vs. Sri Lanka in suitable Twitter short-form and perhaps unsurprisingly The Hobbit. Another hashtag that seemed to be doing the rounds was #UnderRatedFootballers.
There has always been a case made for perhaps the lesser regarded players in world football. Before leaving Real Madrid for Chelsea Claude Makelele was an infamously underappreciated footballing talent. As Madrid toiled in his absence Chelsea prospered.
Over the years there has of course been many. Personally I like to back up the maligned or forgotten football talent. I was a long term advocate of Owen Hargreaves along with a select group of loyal fans when he was consistently slated in the press and turnstiles. A few years later he was named England Fans Player of the Year and was the talk of Europe after a brilliant Euro 2008 performance.
Right now on a a personal opinion note for me the award has to go to West Brom midfielder Yousouff Mulumbu. Dynamic, destructive and fit as a fiddle his industrious box-to-box displays have been making me purr for the last 18 months in particular and Baggies fans were singing his praises way before I cam along clammering.
But in the world of Twitter who have the people decided to shout from the social networking rooftops as the football players who do not get the credit they deserve?
#UnderRatedFootballers - Torres. Gets so much abuse but he's really not as bad as people make him out to be, still not the player he was.— Chris O'Byrne (@Chris_OByrne) December 14, 2012
#UnderRatedFootballers Ricky Lambert!! how he hasn't got into an england squad yet! the guys an animal!— james halstead (@C_Hoarse) December 14, 2012
#UnderRatedFootballers Sergio Busquets, the guy is sensational, if you get past the diving, you will see how beautiful his style is.— The Football Front (@ReviewFootball) December 14, 2012
#UnderRatedFootballers Kevin Phillips - scored 30 goals in his first Prem season and won European Golden Boot. Should of played for England!— (chris)tmas (@SamoanBH) December 14, 2012
#underratedfootballers Simon Mingolet One of the best keepers in the league but nobody other than Sunderland fans notice— Adam. (@AdamLindsay2) December 14, 2012
#UnderRatedFootballers pat McCourt, magic wen he's on his game for Northern Ireland— Ben harshaw (@Ulsterhammer) December 14, 2012
Are you just going to name all the Cardiff players on #UnderratedFootballers— liam casey (@liamcasey95) December 12, 2012
#underratedfootballers People are gonna hate me, but don't think any footballers are 'underrated' they all have plenty money and fans— Nicole-Arsebiter (@NicoleArbeiterx) December 14, 2012
#underratedfootballers victor anichebe ... Im not even joking— Jamie De Geir (@evertonianjamie) December 14, 2012
#UnderRatedFootballers Every defensive midfielder on the planet.— Lucas Swain (@LSwainNo1) December 14, 2012
Who is your #UnderRatedFootballer?
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