Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud may be off to pastures new this season, with the likes of West Ham interested, but is the French forward underrated?Despite seemingly coming under a barrage of criticism constantly he has one of the best goalscoring records in the Premier League.So who else can find themselves on a list of under-appreciated and under-valued strikers to have played in England’s top tier?Here, talkSPORT takes a look at ten strikers that are hugely underrated.Scroll through the gallery above to see the players we have come up with – starting with Giroud. Javier Hernandez – The Mexican is hugely underrated despite finding the net on a regular basis everywhere hes been. Hernandez averaged a goal every 130.2 minutes in the Premier League with Manchester United and he has continued to grab goals at his current club Bayer Leverkusen. However, for whatever reason then-United boss Louis van Gaal didnt see the point in keeping the striker and sold him in 2015. Could he be on his way back to the Premier League with West Ham? 10 10 10 10 Peter Crouch – Jokes are often forthcoming about the strikers height but Crouch has shown himself to be a more than adequate forward at the top level. As you would expect from a man that has turned out for Tottenham and Liverpool he knows how to find the back of the net and he hit the 100 Premier League goals landmark last season when scoring for Stoke against Everton. Crouch also boasts an impressive international goalscoring record with 22 goals in 42 appearances. 10 10 Andy Carroll – Much maligned for the £35million fee Liverpool spent on his transfer from Newcastle, and he has seemingly spent more time injured at West Ham than fit, but, the fact remains, Andy Carroll is a force. When fit his strength is a massive weapon in his armoury and, as his goal against Crystal Palace last season showed, he is capable of the spectacular as well. Sadly his proneness to injury means the big number nine might never fulfil his potential but he remains a striker of real quality. 10 10 10 Olivier Giroud – read all about it, below, then click right to see if you agree with our selection of strikers who don’t get the credit they deserve – The Arsenal man seems to get a public grilling whenever he takes to the field. Despite scoring on a regular basis averaging a goal every 157.8 minutes for Arsenal and being just two away from reaching 100 goals for the Gunners, the Frenchman is far from a first choice. The 30-year-old could be leaving the club this summer but, considering he cost around £10million in 2012, would seem to be something of an underrated forward. Christian Benteke – The Belgian striker was impressive at Aston Villa but his stock seemed to fall during his ill-fated spell as Liverpools number nine. However, now that he has moved to Crystal Palace, Benteke has started scoring goals again despite the continued criticism still coming his way. Will probably always be associated with his Anfield spell but Benteke remains a serious goal threat in the Premier League. Demba Ba – The Senegal forward turned out for West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea in the Premier League and scored on regular basis particularly at the first two clubs. With an average strike rate of 159.5 minutes per goal Ba managed to fire in some impressive goals but was never truly appreciated as a top Premier League striker. Will forever be remembered for scoring the goal after Steven Gerrards infamous slip in the 2013/14 season. Shinji Okazaki – The Japanese forward might not be the greatest goalscorer in the league, but his work rate demands respect. While other names took the spotlight in Leicester Citys incredible title season Okazaki more than played his part as he darted around the pitch closing down the opposition. The 31-year-old is often left out of the headlines but he has an attitude that any manager would welcome. Jon Walters – Since arriving at Stoke City in 2010 Walters has fast become a fan favourite with his honest work and never say die attitude. The Republic of Ireland international has continued to be a part of the first team throughout his time at Stoke, despite a number of signings incoming as the club cemented themselves in the top tier, and has proved his worth frequently. Definitely one of the Premier Leagues most underrated forward men. Edin Dzeko – In a similar fashion to Giroud at Arsenal, the Bosnian striker didnt get the best press during his four-year stint at Manchester City. But Dzeko knew where the net was and he found it on a regular basis as he helped City to two Premier League titles. He averaged a goal every 141.6 minutes in the Premier League and scored on crucial occasions before he was loaned to Roma who he subsequently joined permanently in 2016. 10 Jermain Defoe – It seems Premier League audiences are only now appreciating Defoe after his stint at Sunderland. Despite now being 34, goals have continued to come for the former West Ham and Tottenham striker and he will hope to keep firing them in at new club Bournemouth. While the England man had success at Spurs he always faced competition and you wonder what he might have been able to achieve had he ever been granted the opportunity to play with one of the leagues giants.
10 underrated Premier League strikers that don’t get the credit they deserve