Midfielders are arguably the most hard-working players on the football pitch. They contribute both in defence and attack. They are the ones who generally dictate the tempo af a game. Many great midfielders have played in the Premier League and today we will have a look at some of the best midfielders in the Premier League Era!
Here is our list of top 15 best midfielders in the Premier League Era!
10. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, Chelsea)
Fabregas was a La Masia youth product.He joined Arsenal in 2003. In 2004/05, Fabregas made his Premier League debut, going on to make 33 appearances, as well as helping the Gunners to F.A Cup success. Following the sale of the influential Patrick Vieira in ‘05, the Spaniard became more and more the fulcrum of Arsenal’s midfield. Between 2006 and 2008, Fabregas made almost 35 Premier League assists, establishing himself as one of the divisions’ most creative talents.
He left Arsenal for his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011. After spending 3 seasons with Barcelona,he made a return to the Premier League with Chelsea. He is currently in his 4th season the Blues , and has helped them to lift the PL title twice.
9. Claude Makelele (Chelsea)
The Frenchman was a key member of a Chelsea side that won back to back Premier League titles in ‘05 and ’06, as well as the F.A Cup in 2007; his unfussy, consistent displays at the back of midfield the perfect foil for the attacking talent on show at Stamford Bridge.
He had mastered the defensive-midfielder’s role offering perfect shield for his defenders.He could be in the Premier League’s greatest 11 of many people.He is ranked 9th among the best midfielders of the Premier League era.
8. Roy Keane (N.Forest, Man Utd)
For more than a decade Roy Keane was the heart-beat of the Manchester United midfield. He joined Manchester United from Nottingham Forest in 1993 for a then British record fee of £3.75 million. Success came instantly for the combative midfielder in 1993/94, Keane winning the Premier League and F.A Cup with his new club. United were domestically dominant in the early/mid-90’s, and Keane was a mainstay in a side that won back to back league titles in ’96 and ’97, as well as another F.A Cup.
Keane became club captain in 1997, and helped United to the glorious treble of League, F.A Cup and Champions League success two years later. He won the Premier League 7 times, as well as the F.A Cup on 4 occasions.
7. David Silva (Manchester City)
Probably the most under-rated on this list, David Silva has been a great servant for Man City since joining the club in 2010. Silva has appeared in over 250 matches for City and is in his seventh season at the club. He has won the FA Cup, two Football League Cups and two Premier League titles. He was also voted Manchester City’s player of the season for 2016-17.
David Silva is known for having an excellent first touch, good dribbling skills, and outstanding technical ability, which, along with his intelligent attacking movements, allow him to retain possession in tight spaces, and to create space for himself and team-mates to open up a defence.
6. Ryan Giggs (Man Utd)
Ryan Giggs has been a significant figure at United for a quarter of a century now,first as a player then as an assistant coach. Giggs went on to make a staggering 963 appearances for his boyhood club. Of those appearances, 632 were made in the Premier League.
Over this period, Giggs played a huge role in establishing an unrivalled period of success at Manchester United that would see him pick up an unprecedented 13 Premier League winner’s medals, earning him the title for ‘Most wins of the top division in English football by a player (soccer)’, winning his last title in the 2012-2013 season.