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The Premier League is home to a string of great midfielders and the best thing is, there’s a player to suit everyone’s needs.
Destructive number fours, playmaking number sixes, dynamic number eights and silky number tens. You name it, the Premier League’s got it.
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Xhaka’s been good recently / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
Credit where it’s due: Granit Xhaka has been brilliant recently.
So brilliant in fact, that he might be set to get the Arsenal captain’s armband back…
Mount has impressed in recent weeks / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages
Mason Mount’s form has been a bit up and down this season, but he’s still one of the most important players for Chelsea.
He’s a fan favorite at Stamford Bridge for a reason.
Eriksen is brilliant / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages
Back playing football, and back to being one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
Eriksen has reinvigorated a Brentford team who were slipping down the table before his arrival.
A top player.
Fabinho is quality / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
Fabinho has been Liverpool’s most consistently brilliant midfielder for the last three years, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Down this week because he wasn’t very good prior to getting injured in the game vs. Aston Villa.
Odegaard has been good recently / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages
There are plenty of pretty good footballers on the books at Arsenal, but Odegaard might just be the best.
The attacking midfielder has been fantastic in recent weeks as the Gunners have got their season back on track.
Thiago is exceptional / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
When fit, Thiago is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world.
His recent performances for Liverpool have proved that once again.
Bernardo is so hard to dispossess / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
It is impossible not to marvel at Bernardo Silva whenever he takes to the pitch.
His close control, agility, and turn of pace mean he can carry the ball for pretty much as long as he wants. Once he gets to the end of his meandering runs he normally provides a key pass, assist or goal too.
Rice is a target for several Champions League sides / Naomi Baker/GettyImages
One day, probably in the future, West Ham are going to sell Declan Rice for a lot of money.
Sure, his price tag will be inflated by the ‘English player’ tax, but he will also attract monster bids because he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
Rodri has gone from strength to strength this season / Alex Livesey/GettyImages
Rodri has had his doubters over the years, but this season accepting his brilliance has become mainstream.
Replacing the timeless Fernandinho was never going to be an easy task but the Spaniard has continually risen to the challenge and is now one of the few ‘undroppables’ in Pep Guardiola’s side.
De Bruyne is one of the best players around / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
Here he is. The best midfielder in the Premier League.
Kevin De Bruyne seems to finally be on his way back to his best following a few injury frustrations – and we’re loving it.