Top 10 unsung heroes of the season: Liverpool summer signings join revitalised Man United & Man City stars

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Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool)

A valuable squad player signed on the cheap, Xherdan Shaqiri has to be up there with the most underrated footballers in Europe right now.

The Swiss winger was once a real wonderkid at FC Basel before flopping at Bayern Munich and eventually finding himself at Stoke.

Still, he’ll feel he’s proven one or two people wrong now with his big move to Liverpool, where he’s shown real quality, maturity and made a big impact in games even when he’s often had to make do with a super-sub role.

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Xherdan Shaqiri has looked a fine signing by Liverpool so far

Matt Doherty (Wolves)

Wolves’ promotion from the Championship last season was widely put down to their exciting foreign imports, but as their progress continues in the Premier League, Matt Doherty looks a player worthy of much more attention.

The 27-year-old has been a very useful player for Wolves at either full-back or midfield, weighing in with three goals and four assists.

He’s statistically the club’s best player, according to WhoScored, and certainly makes a strong case for unsung hero of the entire season.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Another Leicester player who’s been superb is Ricardo Pereira, who scored a notable winner against Manchester City in Leicester’s recent 2-1 win.

The 25-year-old is a tireless performer as either a winger or right-back, and one imagines if he were playing for a top six club we’d be hearing a lot more about him.

Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)

Victor Lindelof has come on leaps and bounds in recent times for Manchester United, becoming arguably their only consistent and reliable defender.

Perhaps it’s easy to look good alongside the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, but the Sweden international deserves credit for putting some shaky displays behind him and maturing a great deal this season.

Fernandinho (Manchester City)

People do seem to be recognising Fernandinho’s immense contribution to this Manchester City team, but he’s still well worth a place on this list.

The Brazilian will be 34 at the end of the season and that may well be it for him in the Premier League as City will surely eye a younger replacement to come in.

Still, we’d argue Fernandinho still runs like a 24-year-old and should continue to be a key part of this team in the near future – they could really regret calling time on his Etihad Stadium career too soon.

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