5 underrated Championship players - Ex-Liverpool and Manchester United men feature

Leicester City players celebrate

Bolton, Leicester, Burnley, Huddersfield and Brighton players feature.

With players from all over the league putting in exceptional performances for their team, it's easy to overlook some who receive fewer headlines. Here are five 

Ratings and statistics from whoscored.com 

Jay Spearing: 7.05 – Bolton

It wasn't so long ago Spearing was competing in the Premier League for Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish. It may not have been the right time for him there but he's proved his worth since joining Bolton and has featured 37 times this season. Spearing does an excellent job of shielding the defence and is good at controlling possession, with an 81.8% pass succession rate. He won man of the match in the 2-0 victory over Watford and the 4-0 win over Blackburn earlier in the season. A key player for them this year. 

Oliver Norwood: 6.96 – Huddersfield

This 22-year-old centre midfielder has played an important role this season, along with Adam Clayton. Man of the match against Wigan last month, Norwood contributes in both defence and attack, scoring four times with six assists. Joey Barton voted for him in his Championship team of the year and Norwood is likely to get even stronger next season. 

David Jones: 6.88 – Burnley

Another former United star trainee like Norwood, Jones is another player who's extremely efficient at shielding the defence and can share responsibility for Burnley's 15 league clean sheets this season. The 29-year-old played for Derby and Wolves in the Premier League and is likely to be back there next season with Burnley. Full of energy and no stranger to a tackle, Jones has a pass succession rate of 80%. 

Leonardo Ulloa: 6.88 – Brighton

It's now the 27-year-old's second season in England and before breaking his foot had scored four goals in seven league games. That now stands at 10 goals in 22 appearances, as well as two assists. Ulloa fits well into Brighton's system as he's a good quick passer. Other strengths include his ability in the air and his commitment in defence, but that commitment has seen him pick up a red card this season. 

Lloyd Dyer: 6.82  – Leicester

Dyer has missed a lot of the season through injury but was a permanent fixture in blue before that. His power and pace makes him seem unstoppable charging down the left, and saw him score six goals and five assists. Dyer's only better return for the Foxes came in League One back in 08/09. 

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