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 of a game. Many great midfielders have played in the Premier League and today we will have a look at some of the best midfielders of the Premier League Era!
Here is our list of top 15 best midfielders of the Premier League Era!
15. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
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.
14. Michael Essien (Chelsea)
Chelsea star Michael Essien was one of the finest midfielders in the world when he was at his peak. Essien was strong, quick and a great reader of the game.
At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one Football League Cup. In 2008, he appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the season award twice, in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons.
13. Xabi Alonso (Liverpool)
Alonso spent 5 seasons with Liverpool and won the FA Cup and Champions League with them. One of the best midfielders of the Premier League era, Xabi Alonso was one of manager Rafael Benitez’s first signings at Anfield in 2004.
In September 2006, Alonso scored from almost 70 yards out in a league game against Newcastle, having done similarly in a previous F.A Cup tie at Luton. Alonso made a return to Spain by signing for Real Madrid in 2009, for a fee of £30 million, and Liverpool have struggled to adequately replace him since.
12. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
Pep Guardiola’s side were on scintillating form last season and one of the major reasons for their superb form was midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. He is undoubtedly one of the best playmaker in world football, if not the best.
De Bruyne averages more than three key passes per game and has a passing accuracy of over 80%, figures that are world-class for an attacking player. Along with David Silva, De Bruyne dictates the play for Manchester City and is their most important player in their squad.
11. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard has been one of the standout performers for Chelsea since joining from Lille in 2012. The Belgian Wizard is the best dribbler in the League. He is the X factor behind Chelsea’s 2 Premier League titles during his time with the club.
He was voted the 2015 PFA Player of the Year and has been included in the PFA team of the year on 4 occasions. He left Chelsea for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.
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. After four and a half seasons and two PL titles with Chelsea, he left the club to join Monaco in January of 2019.
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.