Jamie Carragher comments on 'underrated' Everton star

Leon Osman

The Liverpool legend has praised Leon Osman ahead of his testimonial against FC Porto.

The 33-year-old will celebrate his 10-year Everton career at Goodison Park on Sunday and Jamie Carragher believes he has been a 'very underrated player' for the Toffees over the years.

During his decade at Everton, Osman has played 388 games and scored 54 goals for the club, although he insists there is more to come under Roberto Martinez.

Carragher, who was a boyhood Everton fan, has praised the veteran and congratulated him ahead of the testimonial.

Despite his age, Osman played more games than any Everton midfielder last season (although not as many minutes).

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsAppsMins
Kevin Mirallas Everton MF 8 8 32 2,330
Ross Barkley Everton MF 6 0 34 2,286
Gareth Barry Man City MF 3 4 32 2,849
Leon Osman Everton MF 3 4 38 2,172
James McCarthy Everton MF 1 3 34 2,856
Steven Pienaar Everton MF 1 2 23 1,633
Aiden McGeady Everton MF 0 1 16 470

As Opta stats show, the 33-year-old scored three times and registered four assists over the course of a campaign that saw him take part in every single one of the Toffees' Premier League matches.

It is no wonder, then, that Carragher rates the midfielder - and that Osman himself sees a bright future in a blue shirt.

As well as their domestic ambitions this term, Martinez's men are also back in the Europa League.

"I'm not finished yet despite the testimonial,” he said recently. “I'd like to think I've got a few more seasons left in me at the top."

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