You've heard the old adage that centre-forwards win games and defences win leagues. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that teams are created around the men in the middle of the field.
Football, on the other hand, is no longer the easy game it once was. We now have a wide range of midfield maestros, including ball-winners, deep-lying playmakers, and anchormen.
It's not easy to choose among the various sorts, but I've done my best to compile a comprehensive list.
1. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea):
Still the game's top ball-winner. N'golo Kante averages 2.6 interceptions per game and runs over 11 kilometres each game for club and country, working in perfect unison with his midfield partners to perform the hard work and recover possession for his team.
When Thomas Tuchel took over as Blues manager in January, he stated that Kante had always been a player he wanted to work with, and it's easy to understand why. The Frenchman is a workhorse who is underappreciated in terms of his offensive abilities. He most likely continues to be underappreciated.
2. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United):
Bruno Fernandes scored 18 Premier League goals last season, more than any other midfielder. In addition to important passes, major opportunities created, shots on target, and penalty goals, the Portuguese playmaker led the division. This is also not an outlier. Long before he got to these shores, Manchester United's no.18 was running the show at Sporting Lisbon, and he's been tearing it up here as well.
3. Jorginho (Chelsea):
What an incredible year for the Italian. From the foundation of midfield, he won the Champions League and the Euros with Chelsea and the Azzurri, respectively, playing a significant role in both club and country's achievements.
Jorginho was second in both passes completed (529) and ball recoveries (42) at Euro 2020. He was instrumental in Roberto Mancini's side's triumph on their way to Wembley.
4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United):
Paul Pogba has long been a fan favourite in France. He has again demonstrated why he is regarded as one of the true great box-to-box midfielders of his time at Euro 2020. He's starting to re-create that magic for Manchester United. Since joining the club in 2016, he has shown it in flashes, but now he is consistently contributing.
5. Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City):
Ilkay Gundogan was a guy who drifted in and out of the starting XI for club and country for a long period after switching from Borussia Dortmund to the Premier League in 2016.
All of that changed last season. Gundogan had a breakout season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions, including 13 in the Premier League, thanks in large part to his improved movement and calmness in the penalty area.
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