Top five underrated performers of the season so far
We’ve surpassed the half-way mark of the Championship season and the league table is getting tastier. Game weeks in the second tier are flying by as we approach the business end of the campaign. Teams are picking up momentum at the top end of the table, whilst certain clubs are crying out for a streak of wins.
It’s the perfect time to shout out a handful of criminally underrated players so far. The following shouts are in no particular order.
1. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
The Leicester City loanee, nicknamed KDH, has been a revelation for Luton Town this campaign. The midfielder has been one of the most consistent performers for the Hatters, ranking third in the squad for average goals and assists per 90 with 0.30. He’s been vital in the middle of the park for Nathan Jones’ team, regardless of the consistent change of formation.
The Shepshed born midfielder has a diamond of a left peg and has put this in action, scoring the winner against Bristol City in a 2-1 win.
With Leicester’s Dennis Praet side-lined, Luton may well be in trouble, with the player looking likely to return to his parent club. Regardless, he’s been a breath of fresh air for Hatters fans this season.
2. Josh Dasilva
The sky is the limit for Josh Dasilva. At 22 years of age, the Brentford midfielder has the potential to be the full package. He’s the perfect box-to-box centre-mid for Thomas Frank’s set-up and has supplemented goal contributions to his game (7 G/A in 24 matches this season).
The ex-Arsenal prospect ranks third in the Brentford team for average goals and assists per 90 this season with 0.35. With his contract running out in 2024, the Bees have an absolute gem on their hands.
3. Scott Sinclair
The likes of Ivan Toney, Lucas Joao and Adam Armstrong are constantly in the limelight. Scott Sinclair should be included in the same conversation. Championship veteran Sinclair has clocked the second most amount of starts for Alex Neil’s this season so far and is the leading goal scorer for the Lilywhites averaging 0.38 goals per game.
His stand-out performance was Brentford away back in October, bagging a brace against Thomas Frank’s title contenders. The former Aston Villa striker scored his most recent of the season against Birmingham City, tormenting one of his previous rivals in a 1-0 win.
It seems like he’s been around for decades, but Sinclair’s still got it. Significantly under the radar this campaign.
4. Jamal Lowe
From playing non-league for Hampton & Richmond to playing weekly in the second tier for Swansea, Lowe’s rise through the ranks has been quite incredible.
Swansea’s number 9 has been a revelation since arriving from Wigan Athletic last summer. He’s went from fighting relegation with the Tics to pushing for automatic promotion in the space of 12 months. The 26-year-old is the division’s 6th top goal scorer with 9 goals, two of those coming against promotion rivals Watford at home. He’s at a career high for most shots (2.14) and attempts on target (1.00). His quality shines when played with similar calibre of players around him. What would the Swans do without him?
5. George Saville
The Northern Irish midfielder has been seriously slept on.
Boro’s architect clocked a century of appearances for his side against Blackburn last Sunday and has been directly involved in eight goals this season, with four goals and four assists. He’s also on track for matching his greatest number of minutes played in a single season, epitomizing his reliability for Neil Warnock.
By Ben Haywood | @BenHaywood01