8. Bruno Fernandes
The Portuguese Magnifico has been outstanding since joining United in January. Even Manchester United fans wouldn’t have expected Bruno Fernandes to have the sort of impact he had immediately since joining the club. Bruno Fernandes’ creativity and a lot of goals have transformed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from an average one to a very good team.
7. Luka Modric
This Croatian proved himself for the first time in Tottenham days and in the past couple of seasons along with Kroos, he has been absolutely sensational. The duo was one of the major reasons for Real Madrid’s hat-tricks of UCL. Modric is innovative, skillful and trickster. A strong dribbler and likes to play long balls. Modric is an influential midfielder who also raises the game of those around him.
6. Thiago Alcantara
This Barcelona academy graduate was brilliant for Bayern Munich and will expect to do the same for Liverpool. He was often the link between attack and defense for the Bundesliga champions. He is very strong in passing, ball interceptions, and defensive play work. Alcantara also likes to play long ball. Though he is not much of a goalscorer, he has maintained 90% passing accuracy.
5. N’Golo Kanté
Crowned with the PFA Player of the Year in 2017, N’golo Kante has undoubtedly been one of the most effective midfielders in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons. He is strong in tackling and interceptions. He has been in very good form this season, averaging 3 interceptions and 2.6 tackles per game.
If it is about tackling and interceptions, Casemiro is the leader among the defensive midfielders right this time. Zidane made this Brazilian with his hands and it showed his true color in the last couple of seasons. With average of 2 crucial interceptions and 3 important tackles per match, he has been the match turner for Real Madrid for the past couple of seasons.