Here is a list of players who have been very impressive but for some sort of reason people don’t see the work that they put on the pitch and how important they are for their teams.
10. Raffeal – Gladbach
If you look at the way Gladbach has been playing in the past two seasons it’s like they’ve been playing with a false 9 system. Raffeal was very impressive last season and has been very impressive this season also. He’s got 15 goals & 11 assists in 33 appearance for Gladbach in all competitions. How Dunga doesn’t notice him, I don’t know? His a very, very technical Brazilian who plays simple but effective football. Neymar is the only Brazilian who has been involved in more goals than him this season in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
9. Yannick Carrasco ~ Atletico Madrid
There are no signs of Atletico Madrid fans missing Arda Turan because they have found his replacement already, who has managed to settle in much quicker. Carrasco has scored 4 goals so far for Atleti and his goals involved him dribbling past opponents and boom goal! His standout performance this season came against Barcelona despite his team playing with 9 men Carrasco gave a stellar performance for his team. Eden Hazard is off form and with the Euros looming he could find himself on the bench at the expense of Carrasco.
8. Kevin Gamiero – Sevilla
After being sold to Sevilla from PSG Kevin has been unlucky in his first two seasons with Sevilla because he was always injured. However this season he has managed to stay injury free resulting in him scoring 21 goals so far. According to Opta Jose he’s the French player with the most braces in Europe this season and over the past three seasons he has scored over 59 goals for Sevilla.
7. Cedric Bakambu ~ Villarreal
It’s always a blessing to see an African player come out of nowhere and shine. Cedric was signed to replace Gerardo Moreno and boy he has done that! Where Marcelino finds his players one will never know but all you need to know is they provide an instant impact. It looks like Villarreal have abandoned the 4-3-3 system to try out the 4-4-2 which defensively has improved the team however offensively they have been detrimental with Bakambu playing alongside Soldado. It’s like Soldado is his wingman because so far he’s on 19 goals this campaign, his highest goal tally ever in a season, he has now scored more goals than he has in his last three seasons.
6. Ross Barkley – Everton
With Euro 2016 fast approaching everyone is busy concentrating on Jaime Vardy, Harry Kane, Delle Alli, Raheem Sterling, Oxlade Chamberlain & Marcos Rashford. However Ross Barkley is the real deal in England, at the moment no English player has been involved in more goals than him this season. He’s contributed to about 21 of Everton goals this season, he is finally starting to mature.
5. Antonio Florenzi – AS Roma
Each time I look at Florenzi I see Zambrotta. The style of play is identical to the former World Cup winner. Florenzi is having a ridiculous season with Roma this season. The stats show us that Florenzi can play about six different positions on the pitch, very versatile indeed, 7 goals in 34 appearance for Roma is a marvelous achievement, and to be fair Roma is still in the race to win the Scudetto.
4. Sebastian Langkamp – Hertha Berlin
You look at the Bundesliga table and if you just scroll a bit down you will find Hertha Berlin just in the 3rd position spot. Looks like the capital team will be playing European Football next season. Their most important player this season is Sebastian, he’s had an impressive season so far, age might not be on his side but it seems like luck is with the Euros approaching, Per Mertersacker is off form, Boateng is out, and with Mustafi surrounded by players who are making him look bad. Langkamp could get his chance to announce himself to the world.
3. Saul ~ Atletico Madrid
Last season was his breakout season where we noticed him bursting into the team especially after he scored a ridiculous overhead kick against Real Madrid. This season he wasn’t really a starter for Atleti because of Tiago but ever since he suffered that nasty injury Saul stepped and really really showed just how he has matured. Eight goals in all competitions with 15+ games left is a marvelous achievement for the young Spaniard, he’s among the players with the highest tackles in La Liga this season, no Atleti player has scored more headed goals than Saul this season he’s currently on 4 . He’s shown that he is good enough to earn a place in the Spanish team however favoritism might diminish his chances of making it.
2. Domenico Berardi ~ Sassoulo
I have been monitoring this kid for the last 4+ years or so. In the 2012/2013 season Berardi managed to score 11 goals in 24 appearance which helped Sassoulo gain promotion to Serie A. In the top flight the following season he was leading the line for Sassoulo’s and boy how pivotal did he prove to be because after he helped his team gain promotion he had to help them to stay in Serie A and he just did that scoring 16 goals & providing 6 assists in 26 starts for them, was enough to help them stay in Serie A. The 2014/2015 season saw the Sassoulo coach realise Domenico does way to much for the team so he decided to move him to a wider position in order for Simone Zaza to lead the line. However Berardi still managed to be consistent because he ended up scoring 15 goals & providing 10 assists in 32 starts in Serie A despite playing wide. The 2015/2016 season has seen Berardi struggle with injuries and red cards but despite that he still managed to provide 6 goals & 4 assists in 20 starts for the team which isn’t bad. A lot claim to say that there are similarities between himself and the great Roberto Baggio, which are very true. Berardi is only 3 goals away from reaching his 40th goal in Serie A and he is only 22 years old. If he can stay away from injuries than he can certainly touch a 100 goals in three seasons time.
1. Gonzalo Higuain ~ Napoli
Nobody is noticing what Higuain is doing at Napoli or how he’s destroying the Serie A. The last time Napoli won the Scudetto they were helped by a great Argentine, Diego Maradona, Higuain is trying to accomplish the same thing and so far he’s doing his very best because his team is just three points behind defending champions. With the Serie A golden boot within his grasp, Higuain has his eyes on the golden shoe now. Arguably the best striker in Argentina at the moment Higuain has scored over 83 goals & 23 assists in 115 starts for Napoli in all competitions, including trophies as well what else must he do to show the world how good he is.
By Tuta Ilonga TFN Spanish football expert on 19/03/2016 at 12:31