The German Football League is one of the most stellar leagues in the world, which subconsciously makes things harder for some players. In this article, we want to introduce you to the Most underrated Bundesliga players of all time.
In recent years, German football has made significant progress, both nationally and at the club level, with the advent of professional and first-class coaches as well as motivated players, so that the names of German clubs have become more prominent than ever. The history of the Bundesliga backs to 1963 and throughout all these years, is the host of some well-known football players. From the star-studded Bayern Munich team to the exciting young energetic players of BVB, the reputation of the Bundesliga is at its highest. So, as it's obvious, in a stary league like Bundesliga, there are some lesser-known players who perfectly stood behind the big names and with all of their will, they try to help the squad, players whose influence will make a name for themselves in the near future.
Scratch that, let's move forward to get to know who are the
Most underrated Bundesliga players of all time
We would start our list of the
Most underrated Bundesliga players
with Lucas Alario, an Argentine footballer who now plays as a striker for German clubBayer Leverkusen
. Alario was born on 8 October 1992 and started his club-level football in his country and as he could rise through the rank he could reach Bundesliga, one of the top-prestigious football leagues. On 22 September 2017, Alario signed for the German side Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract and soon turned into a critical player and became a more than perfect replacement for Javier Hernandez in Bayer Leverkusen's setup.
Alario is a player who can perform in every position, he can be a perfect second striker or even an advanced midfielder. At the time of this article, he could make ninety-nine appearances and score thirty-six goals, and indeed he has a remarkable record of shots across ninety minutes and also key passes across ninety minutes. Without a doubt; with these interpretations, he is one of the best in the Bundesliga, who has not been able to be seen as he should be, thanks to the prestigious players.
Let's continue our list of the Most underrated Bundesliga players with Amine Harit, the french-born professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga clubSchalke 04
. He was born on 18 June 1997 and soon started his football with some good french sides namelyNantes
. In 2017, once he turned 20, he signed his four-year contract with Schalke 04. Fortunately, with agility, ability to play with his both feet and excellent eyesight, most of Harit's dangerous open game scenarios actually come out of the box. However, his amazing growth and impact on the team have been hidden from the world all these years and that's the reason his name is included on the list of the
most underrated Bundesliga players of all time.
The third most underrated Bundesliga players of all time, is Thomas Delaney, the 29-year-old danish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. Delaney was born on 3 September 1991 and once he passed the youth level of football, he could break into Bundesliga and signed his four-year contract withBorussia Dortmund
. But since he departed fromWerder Bremen
in the summer of 2018 and his debut in Dortmund, he has remarkably remained underrated. For most of the time, he is deployed alongside Axel Witsel, the midfielder of BVB which led to an excellent double pivot for BVB thanks to Delaney's aggressiveness and intensive interceptions.
In his debut season with BVB, according to the records, he could play in 30 matches in the Bundesliga, netting three goals and registering five assists as BVB ended as runners-up. In the BVB squad, he is mainly used as the deep-lying aggressor in the middle of the ground that could perfectly demonstrate his shocking skill with the ball at his feet. Unfortunately, he faced a serious injury during the 2019/20 spell which hardens his responsibility as he must try more to once again obtain his credit and also not to remain overlooked.
The fourth name on our list of the most underrated Bundesliga players is Daniel Baier, who can be considered as the most underrated during the last years before his retirement. Being born on 18 May 1984, Daniel Baier started playing football in some lesser-known sides so after years he could rise through the ranks and got himself to play in the better Bundesliga sides namelyWolfsburg
. In 2010 he joined Augsburg and soon became the beating heart of the squad as Augsubutg was at its climax of development. As a midfielder, many believed that what Daniel Baier brought to Augsburg and did to the team, is almost the same as what Philipp Lahm has been to Bayern—the central focal point and only most significant player.
The important thing here is that with all the compliments and praises that have been given to this player, he has never been seen as worthy, perhaps because he played in a not so prominent and first-class team like Augsburg. Dieter Eilts once said in his praise that: "Daniel is an individual talent. He plays a deadly passing game. If he continues in this way, he has a big future." Surprisingly, the great Pep Guardiola expressed his admiration for Daniele once he observed him on the ground, he said: "Baier is technically gifted, a fantastic passer of the ball, intelligent on and off the ball, and with great leadership skills." The prolific Daniel Baier, After 355 competitive matches for FC Augsburg, was released by the club on 23 July 2020 and yet his name is considered as one of the most underrated Bundesliga players of all time.
Our list of the most underrated players in Bundesliga Football Source
reaches its half and now it's time to get to know Rafinha, one of the most underrated Bundesliga players who had been overlooked in all his eight-year spells in Bayern Munich. Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza was born on 7 September 1985 in Brazil and just like so many Brazilians, there is football instinct in his blood. He started his amateur football in Brazil and tried to get himself in a position he deserved. He started playing in Bundesliga as he joined Schalke 04 and then he broke intoBayern Munich
in 2011 which lasted till 2019.
Two years after his Bayern debut, in 2013 Pep Guardiola was assigned as Bayern coach, a change that blossomed Rafinha talents. As Pep arrived, he sent Philipp Lahm into central midfield. A decision that many believed would leave an irreversible problem at the back. who could fill in for a team captain or even worse the world’s best full-back? However, Pep had a solution to the potential problems ahead. He decided to deploy Rafinha in Philipp Lahm's previous post, a controversial call that paid off. In those days, Rafinha properly answered Pep's trust which made him be the best right-back in the league and also in Europe. Guardiola's impact was so great that Rafinha could get back into Brazil's national team. Despite his great skills and influence on Bayern, he remained in the shadow of others and not in Bundesliga, nor Europ nobody acknowledged him as it must be.
As the sixth most underrated Bundesliga players of all time, we have chosen Nuri Sahin, the former player of some perfect Bundesliga sides namely Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen. Nuri Sahin was born on 5 September 1988 in West Germany and at the age of six, he started his football. Going through seven sides during his youth career, he took a bigger step and broke into BVB in 2001 which lasted for almost a decade. During his professional football, he had some ups and downs, he had a failed move toReal Madrid
that was succeeded by a failing loan spell atLiverpool
, but not in Spain, nor England, he couldn't experience what he had in Bundesliga and BVB. To compensate for his bad luck, he returned to his country and boyhood club. His return to Dortmund coincided with the injury of two of the team's key players, Sven Bender and Ilkay Gundogan. an unfortunate incident that ended in Nouri's favor.
Known for his good passing technique, he managed to become a key player in Dortmund again and he was given the chance to play in every match in his re-debut season of Bundesliga, a difficult mission which he could perfectly accomplish. All over again, he could demonstrate his brilliant football techniques and even became one of the best players in the Bundesliga once he returned. Just like all the overlooked players, the simultaneous presence of the Dortmund big stars namely Lewandowski and Reus with Nouri's time has cast a shadow over these talented players, and now that he is no longer playing in the Bundesliga, no one is talking about his positive impact on the team.
Lets's move forward to see who else is on our list of the
most underrated players in Bundesliga Football Source.
Now that our list of the most underrated Bundesliga players of all time has reached the seventh person, it is better to talk about one of the Asian players in the German Football League who, despite his many years in the Bundesliga, was remained overlooked. Hajime Hosogai is a Japanese professional footballer who was born on 10 June 1986 and now plays in Bangkok United. Just like so many other footballers, Hajime started his youth career in his country and once he broke into the senior level he showed such great performances that he could move from Urawa Red Diamonds to play in Bundesliga's side, Bayer Leverkusen in 2011. Since he is Japanese and the people of his country are known for their hard work, it is no exaggeration to say that at the time of his participation in the Bundesliga, there was no one who tried harder than him and even run more than him. Throughout his career in Bundesliga, he had played in Bayer Leverkusen, FC Augsburg, Hertha BSC and VfBStuttgart
As he was playing in Hertha, he was known as the squad's engine, plain and simple. He did what he could, regardless of his usual position. Tracking the opponents and disrupting the play were his main responsibilities, a task which he accomplished perfectly. He also had a very acceptable and impressive performance in other German teams. ِ During his loan time in Augsburg he had the same task and became Augsburg specialist in marking each opponent's main player. But if we take a look at the headlines and the media, we will see that this Asian player, despite playing in the top teams of the German Football League, never received the praise he deserved. Of course, this is not a new issue, and there are few Asian players who have been able to escape the heavy shadow of the great European players and the reputation of their teams and develop their talents and abilities.
The eighth most underrated Bundesliga players of all time, is Marcel Sabitzer, the 27-year-old Austrian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder forRB Leipzig
. Being born on 17 March 1994 into a footballer family, he soon entered the amateur world of football in 2010. Rising through the ranks in different sides in his country, he managed to join Bundesliga as he signed his contract with RB Leipzig in 2014. He may not have had a good start in Leipzig and was loaned out to another team for a season as soon as his contract was signed, but after completing his loan deal, he managed to fit in with the Leipzig team. Though, since his arrival, he has been overlooked despite his true efforts.
During the last spell of Bundesliga, 2019-20 his performance was so great that he made 44 appearances and could score 16 goals. The Austrian mastero, the midfielder with killer set-piece technique, had a great contribution to Leipzig's recent success, namely its promotion to Bundesliga, but unfortunately, he stayed under the radar and quietly did his responsibilities. At the time of Leipzig's promotion, the main focus of the press and even the squad was on club stars such as Timo Werner, Emile Forsberg, and Nabi Conta, but players like Marcel Sabitzer were overlooked.
Many believe Florian Neuhaus would be the future of Germany's midfield but as for now, we should include him as one of the most underrated Bundesliga players of all time. The 24-year-old Florian Neuhaus was born on 6 March 1997 and as he was only a 9-year-old boy, he entered the vast world of football with 1860 Munich. As his great football talents were clear-cut, he soon got himself a position in the main team of Munich and then he was promoted to be a part ofBorussia Mönchengladbach
For years, the name of Borussia Mönchengladbach was not widely heard, but its strong presence in the last season of the league was a surprise to everyone. The young player has also played a good role in his team's recent success, although he has not yet been able to get his place in the main team as he should, statistics show that he is significantly on the path of development and progress, a success that made him be invited to the German national team to participate in Euro 2020.
The last player on our list of the
most underrated Bundesliga players of all time
is one of the most experienced players in the Bundesliga, who, despite his strong presence in an important position, center-back, that is often underestimated, has not been properly appreciated. Being born on 21 July 1989, Omer is a Turkish professional footballer who has been playing as a center back in different German sides namely SC Freiburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and recently joined Werder Bremen.
He has played an influential role in all of his teams, especially when he played for Leverkusen. When he was in Leverkusen, the situation of his team was not so good, but thanks to the strong perfromances of Omer, they had a very good defensive line, so much so that he could be considered the best defender in the league. But luck was not with him, and one of the reasons he was not seen as acceptable was his long-term injuries. But without a doubt, he can have a stronger presence in his new team.
In the list of Top 10 Underrated Bundesliga Players, we tried to get an overview of talented players who have been excluded from the media or camera lens. Which Bundesliga players do you think have been overlooked in recent years? Share your thoughts with us.