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Top 5 underrated players in Europe so far

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While a lot of players have put in displays that make them the stars they are, there are many players out there who are yet to receive the sort of plaudits their talents warrant.

This season, leagues in Europe have started at a frantic pace with many teams storming towards their respective objectives. However, there are some performances that have played a crucial role in all this.

The likes of Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria have already started playing crucial roles for their respective teams but there are many other players who are doing well but haven’t been discussed much.

Here we take a look at five players whose performances should be getting the mileage they deserve.

Franceso Caputo

The Italian striker has actually been in fine form for Sassuolo so far this season and has already found the net on five occasions in five Serie A games so far.

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: Francesco Caputo of US Sassuolo scores goal
2-0 during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and SPAL at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on September 22, 2019 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

While he’s now 32 and hasn’t got a lot of years left in professional football, the former Empoli man is one of the most in form players in Europe who haven’t been given much of a look in.

Javier Ontiveros

The young Spanish midfielder is currently on the books of Villarreal with whom he is showcasing silently a rise that will eventually be seen. The youngster has scored once and has provided one assists so far this season and is becoming a regular fixture in the Yellow Submarine’s starting XI.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 04: Javier Ontiveros of Malaga CF for the ball with Aymen Abdennour of Valencia CF during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Malaga CF at Mestalla stadium on December 4, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

A lot of good things are expected from the midfielder who has all the potential to become one of the best midfielders on the planet.

Ante Budimir

The Croatian international spent last season in the Spanish Segunda Division where he provided one assist and scored three goals in six games. A long-term injury ruined what would have been a productive season for the midfielder.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 01: Ante Budimir of RCD Mallorca controls the ball during the Liga match between Valencia CF and RCD Mallorca at Estadio Mestalla on September 01, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

However, Budimir is definitely making up for lost time and has already found the net twice in five La Liga games for Real Mallorca.

Chris Wood

The New Zealand international is definitely one of the most under-rated strikers in the world. While his goal to games ratio isn’t the sort that would make any club crazy to sign him, the striker’s off the ball movement and ability to really stamp his authority in games makes him an asset for Burnley.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on September 10, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Kiwi has already scored two goals in six games. While Burnley may not be going to places this season, Wood’s performances definitely ensure that the team is going to be a tough nut to crack as the season wears on.

Julio Tavares

At the age of 30, the Cape Verde international is on his way towards having a great Ligue 1 campaign with Dijon FC. The striker has scored twice in three games for the French minnows and after not having a great previous campaign, is eager to prove his credentials.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 27, Amandio Manuel Filipe da Costa of Angola (L) and Julio Tavares of Cape Verde Islands during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations match between Cape Verde Islands and Angola from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on January 27, 2013 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

While Dijon are likely to be involved in another relegation battle, Tavares’ performance could go a long way to ensure his team’s survival.