Premier League fans have chosen Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld as the best unsung hero so far in 2015/16 after a string of impressive performances over the first three months of the season.
The Belgian international topped a 90min poll answered by 54,489 fans, with a significant 45% share of the vote. He finished ahead of four other players who’ve also contributed greatly to their respective clubs without always getting the full credit they deserve.
Spurs worked hard to snatch Alderweireld from under Southampton’s nose in the summer, eventually agreeing an £11.5m deal with Atletico Madrid.
He quickly became a rock at the back for Mauricio Pochettino’s team and his defensive partnership with fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen is a big reason behind Tottenham’s long unbeaten record – stretching back to early August.
Watford captain Troy Deeney came second in the poll with 22% of the vote. The forward’s great work for the newly promoted Hornets has often been overshadowed by Odion Ighalo’s excellent goal record, but he’s been heavily involved in providing his strike partner with many of those opportunities.
Deeney himself has also recently found a rich vein of goalscoring form, netting five times in his last six games.
Commanding Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann and Leicester City’s midfield dynamo N’Golo Kanté came third and fourth respectively. Dann received 16% of the vote, while 13% of people chose Kanté as their favourite unsung hero.
Dann has been a rock at the back for Palace this season. He’s also been a real threat at the other end of the pitch as well, scoring vital goals in his home city against Liverpool and Everton.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez may have been stealing the headlines for table-topping Leicester, but Kanté has been doing the hard graft in midfield, which has been a huge part of their season.
Rounding off the poll was versatile Stoke defender Geoff Cameron, who was chosen by just 4% of the voters.
By Jamie Spencer
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