Opening up the opposition defence is not always easy.It takes a special type of player to open up an opposition defence. It’s about more than just pace or dribbling abilities, it’s about having the intelligence to see the openings that others can’t and having the flawless passing technique to exploit the tiny gaps in the opposition’s defense. For obvious reasons, we call these players the playmakers, and below you’ll find the 10 best playmakers in world football today.
Here are the 10 best playmakers in world football –
10. Philippe Coutinho
A typical Brazilain number 10, Coutinho is most comfortable playing as an attacking midfielder though he has also played on the left-flank on a number of occasions. He has silky feet, vision and the ability to conjure up a moment of magic out of nothing.
Coutinho was the subject of three failed summer bids from Barcelona, the last of which was worth an initial £113m. Barca are expected to renew their interest in the 25-year-old in January .
9. Cesc Fabregas
Roman Abramovich pulled off a major transfer coup in securing Fabregas from Barcelona in 2014 for a fee of around £30 million. Since that time, he has shown off his classy ball-playing and helped Chelsea to win the Premier League twice.
Fabregas can either drop deep and play like a quarter-back or sit behind the strikers. He is now approaching veteran status and can reflect upon a glittering career, that has seen him win two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain in addition to his achievements at club level.
Fabregas is far from finished, though, and he remains as important to Chelsea as he ever has been.
8. Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil – The Creator, runs the show and is involved in the majority of his side’s attacking play. He is also the chief set-piece taker, heading the queue for free-kicks and corners. He has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League since his arrival. His vision, defence splitting passes, through balls , ball control and crosses are among Europe’s elite.
He is sometimes criticised for his defensive work-rate ,but he makes up for that with his brilliance on the ball. There are speculations linking him away from Emirates , which could be a big blow for Arsenal.
7. Christian Eriksen
One of the most underrated player in the Premier League , Eriksen is an absolute genius. Eriksen, scored 12 times and had 23 assists in all competitions last season. He was named Tottenham supporters’ player of the year last term, and he has continued his form this season too.
Christian Eriksen has been an unheralded star of Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking side for the past couple of seasons.