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!
2. Paul Scholes (Man Utd)
The most decorated player in Premier League history, bar one, Paul Scholes is rated by many as the best midfielder of his era. Blessed with wonderful passing and vision, Scholes was lauded as one of the world’s finest midfielders as the decade came to a close. He was a key member of United’s famous treble winners in 1999, though missed the Champions League Final through suspension.As well as 3 F.A Cups, Scholes has won the Premier League on 10 separate occasions – bettered only by long-term club mate Ryan Giggs.
He is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever to play for Man Utd as well as in the Premier League.
1. Frank Lampard (West Ham, Chelsea, Man City)
The highest scoring midfielder in Premier League history, Frank Lampard made his debut for West Ham in January 1996 following a brief loan spell at Swansea.
Lampard was very close to signing for Leeds, to join his former club-mate Rio Ferdinand, in 2001, but instead moved to Chelsea for a fee of £11m. A real box-to box midfielder, with a knack of getting into goal scoring positions, he missed just one league game in 2001/02, but was an ever-present in the following two campaigns. Lampard reached double figures for the first time in 2003-04, which included two superb 25 yard strikes against Wolves, and helped Chelsea to a 2nd place finish behind unbeaten Arsenal.
A Ballon D’Or runner up in late 2005, Lampard helped Chelsea to back to back league titles, scoring 16 league goals and winning the Premier League player of the season award for the second successive time.
Lampard netted in two finals, the Champions League defeat to Manchester United in 2008 and the F.A Cup win over Everton the following year, and in 2009/10, he scored 22 and made 17 as Chelsea won their third league title. In 2012, he captained Chelsea to Champions League glory in the absence of the suspended John Terry.
He left Chelsea and Joined New York City in 2014 and was brought back in the Premier League on loan by Man City. He joined a decent trophyless season at Man City,finishing 2nd in the League. He went back to New York City in the next Summer.
He announced his retirement from football on 2nd feb 2017. He will always be remembered among greatest Chelsea legends.
It concludes our list of best midfielders in the Premier League era.