Former Manchester United defender (now successful pundit) Gary Neville held a Q&A session on Twitter this weekend.
Currently one of England’s best and most insightful footballing pundits, Neville always has something interesting to say on his chosen subject.
During his recent Twitter Q&A session, the former England international was asked which Premier League player is currently the most underrated. Neville responded by naming Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires, as Tweeted here:
The Brazilian international has been a key player at Chelsea since making a reported €22m move from Portuguese side Benfica.
Throughout his time at the club, Ramires has helped Chelsea win an FA Cup and Champions League double in 2012 as well as the Europa League in 2013, when Chelsea beat his former club Benfica 2-1 in the final.
Ramires isn’t a big physical presence in the Chelsea midfield, nor is he the vocal type. And as he doesn't score many goals or make many assists, his importance as a player can sometimes be overlooked by both fans and pundits.
The 26-year-old box-to-box midfielder, however, is certainly one of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s most trusted players, starting 26 of Chelsea’s 29 Premier League games so far this season. His speed and stamina help him break up the play and allow his team to regain possession – confirmed by his incredible 79 tackles so far this season.
With Chelsea currently enjoying a healthy lead in the Premier League going into the final stretch, Ramires has an excellent chance of winning all the major trophies available to him in just four years at the club.
Is Gary Neville right ? Is Ramires the most underrated player in the Premier League ?
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