They were the ones who have not gotten much attention nor star status but made some news and impact in one way or another for their respective teams.
They are the unsung heroes who shall we say, deserve to be remembered too.
Let’s meet some of those who gained that tag, past and present, in the Premier League:
RICARDO QUARESMA (Chelsea)
He played for the Blues on loan for four months in 2009, making no goal in four appearances. The Portuguese winger also played for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Besiktas and Al-Ahli Dubai. At 36, he now plays for Turkish outfit Kasimpasa S.K.
LUC NILIS (Aston Villa)
This Belgian striker played on a free transfer at Villa in the summer of 2000. He enjoyed success in Holland with PSV Eindhoven. His career as player ended in the 2000-01 season after breaking his leg during a Villa match against Ipswich Town when he clashed with the latter’s goalkeeper Richard Wright. He made a goal in three appearances for Villa.
WALTER PANDIANI (Birmingham)
Played for Birmingham for a year after shining in the La Liga, whilst playing for Mallorca, Espanyol (twice) and Osasuna. In 12 seasons at La Liga, the Uruguayan striker scored 82 goals in 279 matches. In 2005-06 season, he scored two goals in 17 appearances. Now 43, Pandiani is manager of third-division Spanish squad Lorca.
The Brazilian left-back, whose full name is Claudio Ibrahim Vaz Leal, played for Boro in 1996 where he scored twice against Hereford in the League Cup second round. He left the club by Christmas 1996 on a free transfer after less than a year. He is a member of the Brazil squad that won the 1994 World Cup. Branco, now 56, manages Brazil’s national youth teams.
SASA CURCI (Bolton, Aston Villa, and Crystal Palace)
The Serbian playmaker saw action for Bolton Wanderers in 1995-96, Aston Villa in 1996-98 and Crystal Palace in 1998-99. He made four goals in 28 appearances for Bolton, was scoreless in 29 appearances for Villa and had five goals in 23 appearances for Palace. Curcic, 48, was a coach as of June 2018 of the Crustal Palace academy.
Mohamed Ali Amar, or simply Nayim, played for Spurs from 188-1993 and scored 18 goals in 144 appearances. The Spanish midfielder retired in 2000. Now 43, Nayim is the sporting director of third-tier Spanish team AD Ceuta FC.
JAN MOLBY (Liverpool)
The Danish midfielder spent 12 years at Liverpool (1984-1996) and scored 44 goals in 218 appearances. He also played on loan at Barnsley and Norwich City in 1995, and saw action at Swansea City (1996-98), scoring eight goals in 41 appearances. Molby is now 56 years old.
JOHN JENSEN (Arsenal)
Nicknamed Faxe, Danish playmaker Jensen was with the Gunners from 1992-96 and scored one goal in 99 appearances. He was part of the 1992-93 team that won the FA Cup, 1993-94 squad that won the European Cup Winners Cup) and the 1994-92 team that lost in the Cup Winners Cup final. He was one of only 12 foreigners who played on opening weekend of the FA Premier League. Jensen, 54, is currently caretaker of the Danish national squad.
GLEN LITTLE (Burnley)
The winger from Wimbledon, London played for Burnley from 1997-2004 and scored 32 goals in 246 appearances. He was signed for a fee of 100,000 pounds after playing for semi-pro team Glentoran. Little, 44, managed Wingate & Finchley from 2018-2019.
TORE ANDRE FLO (Chelsea, Sunderland, and Leeds United)
The Norwegian forward played for Chelsea from 1997 to 2000 and scored 34 goals in 112 appearances. At Sunderland from 2002-03, he scored four goals in 29 appearances, and at Leeds from 2007-08, he scored four goals in 23 appearances. He retired in 2008. Flo, now 46, owns a football academy.