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Thousands of you voted via Twitter for the Premier League players you feel are the most overrated, now we can name the XI who came out on top.

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Over the last week we asked HITC readers who they felt was the most overrated player in each position in the Premier League, with the ultimate goal of creating a HITC Readers Premier League Overrated XI.

Readers had numerous options in each position as well as the opportunity to put forward their own suggestions as to who they felt was the most overrated.

Some positions were won by incredibly tight margins whilst others resulted in clear landslides. We can now reveal to you the full HITC Readers Overrated Premier League XI:

Goalkeeper - Joe Hart

England's Joe Hart looks dejected after the game

The Manchester City goalkeeper probably wasn't helped by the timing of this poll, coming off the back of a difficult tournament for the England number one. Hart won by a clear margin, securing 64% of the overall vote, far more than second place Thibaut Courtois (19%).

Right-Back - Matteo Darmian

Manchester United's Matteo Darmian receives treatment

Italian full-back Matteo Darmian was the HITC readers pick at right-back with over half of all votes being for him. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, Kyle Walker was his closest competitor with 33% voting for the Tottenham man.

Centre-Back - John Stones

Everton's John Stones

A player who continues to divide opinion, and that was reflected here once more, with John Stones being named one of the most overrated defenders in the division. The Everton centre-back received 54% of the votes, far more than that of England international teammate Gary Cahill (23%).

Centre-Back - Nicolas Otamendi

Southampton's Oriol Romeu in action with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi


Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has only spent a season in the Premier League, but once the club paid £28.5 million for the player, some clearly expected a little more. Otamendi didn't have a disastrous first season in the Premier League, but he wasn't spectacular either.

Left-Back - Luke Shaw

Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Newcastle United's Chancel Mbemba

Rather harsh on a player who has just returned from 7 months out injured following a horrific double leg fracture, that didn't stop HITC readers naming Luke Shaw as the most overrated left-back in the Premier League, just ahead of Everton's Leighton Baines. The left-back poll had the lowest turnout of any position.

Defensive Midfield - Nemanja Matic

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic

Chelsea's defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic had a very good first season back in the Premier League with the Blues, but his second was one he'll want to forget. Dropped at times by both Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink, his position at Chelsea now looks under threat to N'Golo Kante.

Right-Wing - Theo Wacott

Arsenal's Theo Walcott shoots wide

Winning the right wing poll by some margin was Arsenal and England wide man Theo Walcott. The former Southampton winger received 73% of the votes, the second highest in any position. Walcott scored 14 league goals in the 2012/13 season but has been plagued by injuries in recent years and scored just 5 in the last three seasons.

Left-Wing - Raheem Sterling

England's Raheem Sterling in action with Wales' Joe Allen

Raheem Sterling appears to have become the victim of poor form and the weight of a £49 million price tag hanging on his shoulders. The former Liverpool man has been in poor form for Manchester City recently and that translated into a poor Euros with England. He won the left-wing poll by the largest percentage in any position, a whopping 75% of all votes cast choosing him.

Attacking Midfield - Jack Wilshere

England's Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley during training

An unsurprising entry, Jack Wilshere barely kicked a ball in the Premier League last season, yet he still managed to find a way into Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the Euros in France. Wilshere, like Stones, often splits opinion but 49% of you felt he was the most overrated central/attacking midfielder in the league.

Forward - Wayne Rooney

England's Wayne Rooney reacts

Another entirely expected choice, Wayne Rooney is perennially either the most underrated or overrated player in England, depending on who you ask. The Manchester United and England captain holds the record for the most goals for England in history and he is the second highest scorer of all time in the Premier League, but some feel his form has fallen away in recent years.

Forward - Saido Berahino

West Brom's Saido Berahino looks dejected after the game

A surprisingly popular choice up front, Saido Berahino won 46% of the forwards poll. The West Brom striker was criticised for his reaction to interest from Tottenham last summer, and scored just 4 Premier League goals last season, in comparison to 14 the year before.

Full HITC Readers Premier League Overrated XI:


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