With the latest news of Barcelona signing Frenkie De Jong for €75m, there is no new need to highlight the importance of midfielders. And the Premier League isn’t different either.
Manchester City are back to the top as Liverpool are starting to fall apart in the title race. And the Citizens have their midfield trio to thank for that. And in the other half of Manchester, Paul Pogba’s fairy-tale under OGS continues.
5. Declan Rice:
Declan Rice has quickly become a household name in English football, thanks to his performances in the ongoing season. The West Ham midfielder continued to perform well against both Wolves and Liverpool. Even in the 0-3 defeat against Wolves, Rice maintained 96% passing accuracy and recovered 10 balls. And against then league leaders, Liverpool, the Englishman had one hell of a game with 13 ball recoveries and 11 duels won.
4. Paul Pogba:
What can I possibly say about his recent performances which will hype the readers more than they already are? The World Cup winner is simply unstoppable at the moment and continued his rise with two more goal contributions against Burnley and Leicester City. Pogba scored from the spot against the Clarets and delivered a delightful through ball to Rashford for United’s solitary goal against Leicester. The Frenchman’s tally for the season looks impressive right now with 9 goals and 8 assists in 22 league appearances.
3. David Silva:
Despite a few injuries, David Silva continues to be the midfield maestro for the Citizens, even at the age of 33. The Spaniard started City’s all three games in the last week and provided an assists against Newcastle and Everton. Silva has now scored 6 goals and has provided 4 assists in 22 league appearances.
2. Bernardo Silva:
In the absence of then-injured Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva took it upon himself to run the show in the midfield. And so far, the Portuguese has done one hell of a job. Silva has played 25 Premier League games this season with 5 goals and 6 assists. The midfielder’s current form can be perfectly summarized by Pep Guardiola’s recent comments, “For me, to drop Bernardo Silva right now is almost impossible. Right now it is Bernardo and 10 more players.”
It is no surprise that Manchester City struggle without Fernandinho as the Brazilian does the most non-Brazilian job of keeping the possession and handling the tempo of the game. Without him, City’s title chase seemed to be suffering. But the 33-year old is now back in the centre of the midfield and it is not an coincident that Manchester City are back in the title race at the same time.