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 at the top of the table (with one more game played) and the Citizens have their midfield trio to thank for that. But after a small blip, the Reds are also back on tract, thanks to Wijnaldum. And in the other half of Manchester, Paul Pogba’s fairy-tale under OGS continues.
5. David Silva (Manchester City):
Despite a few injuries, David Silva continues to be the midfield maestro for the Citizens, even at the age of 33. But while City were busy thrashing Chelsea in their last league game, the Spaniard played only for the last 15 minutes – And the legend that he is, Silva misplaced only one pass in his camoe performance. The midfielder has scored 6 goals and has provided 4 assists in 23 league appearances.
4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United):
An absolutely unstoppable beast at the moment – Paul Pogba had a week full of ups and downs with goals in EPL and FA Cup and a red card in the Champions League. But for this list, all we care about is his brace against Fulham in Manchester United’s 3-0 victory. The Frenchman was at his best against the side who is struggling to survive in the Premier League this season and ended up with goals in both the halves. With that brace, Pogba now has 11 league goals and 8 assists in the Premier League.
3. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool):
Just so you know how important Gini Wijnaldum for the Reds is, go check out the difference between their performance against West Ham and then against the Cherries. The Dutchman was crucial in controlling the midfield and with 91% passing accuracy, he already had a great game. But the midfielder then decided to score one of the finest goals you’ll see this season to prove his worth fir Liverpool’s title race.
2. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City):
Bernanrdo Silva wasn’t exactly a midfielder in City’s 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea as the Portuguese started on the right wing. But the way he has played this entire season, Silva definitely deserves this No. 2 spot for the top midfielders. The Portuguese has done one hell of a job in running the show in the absence of then-injured Kevin De Bruyne. Silva’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.”
1. Fernandinho (Manchester City):
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 a coincident that Manchester City are back in the title race at the same time. Fernandinho was at the heart of City’s midfield once again against Chelsea as he did not allow Hazard and co. a single chance to even get a consolation goal.