Mo Salah is brilliant, but that doesn’t make him the most underrated player in the Premier League | Paul Wilson

Mo Salah is rightly on the front pages of most of the newspapers, but he may not top the list of players we’ve overlooked over the years

Mo Salah is rightly on the front pages of most of the newspapers, but could not quite be tabbed as the most underrated player in the Premier League.

There have been a lot of outstanding performers who I could bring up, but I think you have to go back to the Bruce Grobbelaar days to find the footballing equivalent of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, or when Oasis happened to have a radio station.

I certainly see no reason why not. Some see his contribution to Liverpool’s rise in the last two seasons as magical but I think they see it as possibly unique. But in football nothing is really unique, everything is just another performance.

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Definitely the one who has taken it to a different level has been Cristiano Ronaldo – but a lot of people probably enjoy talking about it. That is because Ronaldo is a unique character and attracts more attention and obviously football is too polite to shy away from that.

Tottenham have always been nothing more than a little bit better than average. They always feel like, even when the run isn’t there, like they can put five in the net and see it through. That, compared to where they have been since the 1990s, is unprecedented.

Celtic have finally hit their stride but apart from that, are lacking the sort of iconic personality that might put them in an even higher bracket. Not to go on about United again – and everyone in the city would be happy to help that – but they are very similar to the Newcastle team of 1990-91.

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