The premier league has witnessed some truly remarkable midfielders ply their trade in England.
Here,we take a look at 10 of the greatest midfield maestros in the illustrious history of the league.
The diminutive midfielder from Paris has come a long way since making his premier league debut for Leicester City and was one of the driving force behind the Foxes'fairytale premier league-winning season in 2015/2016.
Kante,on his day, is arguably the best ball winner in the world.weather that is deeper in midfield why playing as a pivot or higher up while pressing teams,he can do it all.The 29-year-old has an engine that allows him to press relentlessly and disrupt the opposition's play on a regular basis.
Kante won his second premier league tittle with Chelsea a year after winning the tittle with Leicester City.
One of the colossal figures in Manchester City's relatively recent history,Yaya Toure was a one-man-show.The Ivorian was blessed with an unbelievable diverse skillset that allows him to dominate games on his own.
His goalscoring ability was nothing short of stunning and he had a catalogue of stellar solo goals at Manchester City.Toure was an excellent striker of the ball and combined his ability with his surging run into the opposition half.
On his days,Toure was simply unstoppable.He played 230 league appearances,scoring 62 goals and registering 30 assist in his spell in England and won the premier league trophy three times.
After breaking into the scene as a prodigious 17-year-old,Cesc Fabregas took the premier league by Storm.He was Arsenal youngest-ever goalscorer and made himself an undroppable name for Arsene Wenger.After a stellar stint at Arsenal,he returned to his formal club Barcelona and enjoyed further success in Spain.
Upon his return to England,amid much controversy,the Spaniard joined Arsenal city rival Chelsea.He lead the blues to premier league glory in his first season at Stamford Bridge and proved to be an incredible acquisition for them.
Fabregas has played 350 premier league games,scoring 50 goals in that period.His tally of 111 assists is only second to that of record holder Ryan Giggs and is one of only four men to reach the 100 assists milestone.
7.Kelvin De Bruyne
The second active premier league player on the list,Kelvin De Bruyne is in the conversation for being the best midfielder in the world,let alone the premier league.
The imperious Belgian has been unstoppable in the 2019/2020 season but his dominance extend beyond the campaign and is one of the most complete midfielder to have graced the premier league.
Arguably the most celebrated span Spaniard to have graced the league,David Silva is genuinely a magnificent footballer.Having played in the premier league since 2010 before been snapped up by Real sociedad this season,the diminutive playmaker has been the epitome of consistency.
'El Mago' has a remarkable career in England,and is just eight assist Short of reaching the 100-assist mark in the league.He's played 306 games,scoring 39 and assisting 92 goals in the ten years he spent with the cityzens.
Formal Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive midfielders in premier league history.The Frenchman led Arsenal during their historic and unprecedented 'Invincibles' season in the 2003/2004 campaign.
He appeared 307 times in the premier league and scored 31 goals,setting up a further 34 to his teammates,he won the premier league tittle on three occasions and a player of the year award to go with.Vieira,to this day,remains one of the greatest midfielders and captains the premier league has ever seen.
Club(s):Manchester United/Nottingham Forest
The most successful captian in the premier league era,Roy Keane was an enigma.On the footballing side,he was unparalleled in his prime in several aspects,most notably those of aggression on the pitch and winning the ball back
Although Keane,like Vieira,is perceived as a traditional holding midfield player,he succeeded at playing in a more advance role.In his 366 appearances,he scored 39 goals and set up a further 33.Keane has a whooping seven premier league tittles to his name and led the Red Devil to a historic treble in 1999.
Club (s)West Ham/Chelsea/Manchester City
Chelsea club legend and formal manager Frank Lampard was a phenomenon and had a stellar playing career with the Blues.He moved to Stamford Bridge from West Ham in 2001 as a promising player in his early 20s and left as their record goalscorer and arguably their greatest ever player.
Lampard's surreal ball-striking ability was a different threat entirely that opposition player has to deal with.His ability to strike the ball from both open play and dead-ball situations was incredible.The very fact that he is the only midfielder on the list of 10 highest goalscorers in premier league history speak volumes about his goal threat.
His 177 goals (fifth highest)and 102 assists (fourth highest)mean that he's one of only three players to have 100+ goals and assists in the league.The three-time premier league winner also has a player of the year award for his superb 2004/2005 season.
Liverpool most exceptional player in the premier league era,Steven Gerrard is one of the most mythological players in English football history.He was a man who could practically do everything on the pitch,and on many occasions,he did precisely that.
Gerrard is undoubtedly the most complete player to have ever graced the premier league.He could pass the ball with unbelievable accuracy,make tackles,dictate play and lead his side all at the same time.Not to mention his ability to tear the net with his ferocious strikes from range which came in clutch moments as well.
Gerrard played 504 times in the league over 17 years,scoring 120 goals and assisting 92 and he is the only player on this list without a league tittle.
He is also the only player in history to have scored goals in the finals of the FA Cup,EFL Cup,UEFA Cup and the Champions League winning all of them.
Undoubtedly a legend of the game.
Paul Scholes is considered as the best premier league midfielder of all time.The Englishman was at the heart of Manchester United most illustrious period,alongside the likes of Roy Keane,Gary Neville,and other star names.Scholes received plaudits from all over the world for his footballing intelligence and ability.
Over his 499 premier league appearances,Scholes racked up 107 goals and set up a further 55 assists,he has an outstanding 11 premier league tittles to his name.Paul Scholes is truly a premier league great,and one of the greatest of his generation.
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