Premier League’s Underrated Players: Matchday Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore scores his side's first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

In Matchday four, the candidates for the Premier League‘s underrated players include Aleksandar Mitrovic for his impressive start and Traoré for his last-gasp winner. Plus, Etienne Capoue for the shutting down of his old club, thus preserving Watford’s perfect record and ruining Spurs’.

Premier League’s Underrated Players of Matchday Four

Aleksandar Mitrovic

This player has undergone a season of fantastic transformation. In December 2017 he was on the verge of leaving Newcastle after a lack of playing time. He did indeed leave for Fulham on loan.

This has been a great deal so far, Mitrovic notching four goals in four appearances, a brilliant record. It is refreshing to see for a player who was so unfavoured at St James Park to make his name at the newly promoted London club.

During this matchday, he managed to score one whilst his team drew 2-2 with Brighton. Antithetically, he gave away a penalty with a handball in the box, converted by Glenn Murray thus squandering Fulham’s 2-0 lead.

All in all, a rollercoaster game. However, it is his recent form over the first four matches for Fulham which name him as a player needing some credit.

Adama Traoré

Electric pace, strength and sound technical ability; Traoré is a big up and coming threat. He joined promoted Wolves this August from Middlesbrough. His development is very interesting, with his origin in Spain with the Barcelona youth setup.

He then made a move to Aston Villa in 2015, before moving to Middlesbrough. Clearly, this young man has not realised his full talent yet. Barcelona’s loss could well be Wolves’ gain.

Wolves currently sit in 11th, with five points garnered in four matches. This isn’t a great haul, but Traoré’s very late winner against West Ham on Saturday gave them a much better foothold in the league.

He came off from the bench to make this impressive impact. Perhaps this will get the player a better foothold in the first team.

Etienne Capoue

He fought very well against his old club, ending their perfect record, extending their own 100% record to four matches. This player was one of many important players for the club on this exhilarating day, making him one of the Premier League’s underrated players.

Whilst the play at times was desperate and ugly, it negated the key threats of Spurs. Harry Kane had a few chances that he squandered. Christian Eriksen could not create any real clear-cut chances with limited space.

The one goal that Tottenham did score was an unfortunate own goal when Lucas Moura’s cutback cannoned off Abdoulaye Doucouré’s chest.

Watford’s excellence was very much down to the efforts of Capoue and the midfield. They really stifled Spurs in the final third. The extent of their harrying as well as shutting down deep in their half meant that their opponents did not get one shot on target in the first half.

This was the first time such a feat had occurred in the Premier League since Spurs played Manchester City in December 2017.

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