Ah, the beautiful game. Wonderful goals, brilliant acts of sportsmanship, glorious pieces of skill and – wait, did you say you rate him?! The bickering between sets of fans as to whether a player is actually any good, or, if it’s just rose those tinted opinions coming into the equation is up there with the best things football serves us up on a weekly basis.
Much like the best toast spread going, Marmite in case you were wondering, there seems to have been an influx of players who aren’t even backed by their own fans, which means the topic of who is rated or not has become even more ferociously debated. Social media plays its part here too, naturally.
Opinions are thrown out into the Twitter-sphere willy-nilly and they come back tenfold even quicker to the sorry soul who may even dare to mention Danny Drinkwater being a player worthy of playing International football.
Often a scapegoat for the Scouser's during his time with them. However, they have lost just 22% of games when has been between the posts this season. Not too shabby.
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Managed to force his way into being considered for the Spanish squad, now replaced by an Irishman. Over dramatic, passionate, like a Spanish cheerleader for the Hammers between the sticks. Prone to lapses in concentration. Image source: Twitter
Great going forward, decent defending. Mostly opinions are split down to his seemingly arrogant attitude, the rest is people who already know he's overrated. Image source: Twitter
Forever splitting opinion mostly for the transfer fee he commanded in his move away from Southampton, and then consequently struggling for United due to injury and form. As soon as he does get fit though, he's straight back in the national side. Hmmm. Image source: Twitter
Once a laughing-stock, sold for £50million, now apparently one of the best CB's in the League? Hmm. He does have a cracking free-kick on him, although he does tend to be a defender you almost come to expect an absolute balls up from now and then. Image source: Twitter
World-class or not? Whilst on the pitch Arsenal beat Bayern 2-1, off it, they lost 9-0... Coincidence? Very prone to a red card, but also pops up with the odd goal. Image source: Twitter
Violent thug turned casual Premier League footballer. Does it work? Ask his three Premier League winner medals. He's the sort of player you don't want to face, but would love in your side dishing out those tackles. Ah, the beautiful game. Image source: Twitter
Nine years at Man City, two Premier League winner medals, one FA Cup, one League Cup and people still debate whether or not he's a good fullback? Wait, what, he doesn't even just play full-back now!? Image source; Twitter
Underrated at Liverpool, now, overrated with Stoke. Will it balance out for him? Gives his all, can pick a pass, but is nowhere near consistent or talented enough to warrant that nickname. Welsh Pirlo? More like Welsh Bradley Cooper. Image source: Twitter
Obviously, a very talented player. But it begs the question what he's still doing at Swansea? Is he better than that level of club? Most assists this season in Europe so far. How much longer will he go under the radar for. Apparently not long with clubs lining up for a £30mill move. Image source: Twitter
Right, is he actually THAT good? Very good at dribbling and especially at unnecessary and necessary skills. Granted he's injured but you would be forgiven for forgetting he actually plays for Everton. Image source: Twitter
Only truly appreciated by Liverpool fans it seems. Manages to play for Liverpool every week when fit, as well as getting picked for the England side. Has scored some cracking goals of late, not so good with the old 'no look' passes. Image source: Twitter
Last two seasons he was good enough for England, this season he's not good enough for West Ham. Go figure. Passionate, loyal, local lad with a good range of passing (when it's not giving away a goal) and a damn mighty fine penalty taker. Image source: Twitter
Quality striker. Scores goals for fun, Everton's all time highest goal scorer. But if he wasn't so lethargic and knew what the offside rule was, he'd score double. Seems to have come to the opinion that he's apparently too good for Everton now, and will bugger off to win trophies next year. Image source: Twitter
Struggled to feature much earlier on this season. Has always had a pretty good scoring rate from his time in France, and it hasn't changed much at Arsenal with almost one in every two games. Dubbed as lazy at times, but, he knows how to score! Image source: Twitter
Heralded as some sort of god over the years for club and country. Recently broke Bobby Charlton's record. Now though, that all seems to slowly be crumbling down around him. Where is his best position now? Can a move away from Old Trafford help him rekindle his career? Image source: Twitter
If he was a race horse, he would have been put down. His saving grace is that when 100% fit he's one of the best throwback striker around. Physical, dominating and unplayable. When not 100%, useless. Plus, the hair is enough of a debating point as it is. Image source: Twitter
Already looking for his next club, with two in the last two years. Almost a sure fire to hit double figures, but by God that attitude is something else... Image source: Twitter
With every passing matchweek this list would most likely keep changing, which is part and parcel of why the beautiful game is one of opinions. One of the candidates chosen for this summed it up brilliantly himself.
“Football is a game of moments now and if someone does four step-overs, they’ve had an incredible game.”
– Mark Noble
With players coming in and out of form coming and going as quickly as fan opinions plummets and rises, it will forever be impossible to truly nail down who the biggest opinion splitters in the League are.