Top 10 Best Midfielders In The Premier League 2020

Ranking of the top 10 best midfielders in the premier league 2020 so far. There is no better way to begin this post than to agree on what a midfielder is and is not. Every ship needs an Engine Room, which powers the vessel, and without which it would not function. Midfielders are that Engine Room at the heart of the team, that power the aspirations, and dreams of the team. The football game for players are noted as a competitive game, as all players strive to get to the top but at last, only the strong and bold will get to the peak. The players which will be discussed in this article today have made it to the peak of the game as they are named the best midfielders in England.

A good midfielder, therefore, should do the work for the team. He should win the ball, hold on to it, distribute it to the attacking members, score goals, make assists, make blocks, and provide cover for the back-line. The job is not complete until the midfielder can inspire the team, motivate them, fire them up just by his presence on the pitch- feats that are reminiscent of the likes of The Great Paul Scholes, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard.

Enough of the Legends of the Past, Let us look at the Legends of Tomorrow. In this post, we present the Top 10 Best Midfielders in the Premier League.

Top 10 Best Midfielders In The Premier League 2020

 Rank No.  Midfielder  Club
 1.  Kevin De Bruyne  Manchester City
 2.  Jordan Henderson  Liverpool
 3.  Jack Grealish  Aston Villa
 4.  Wilfred Ndidi  Leicester City
 5.  James Maddison  Leicester City
 6.  Georginio Wijnaldum  Liverpool
 7.  Mateo Kovacic  Chelsea
 8.  Oliver Norwood  Sheffield United
 9.  Fred  Manchester United
 10.  Todd Cantwell  Norwich City

Now let’s get to know these awesome and great players one after the order following the ranking order of the Top 10 best Midfielders of England.

Top 10 Best Midfielders In The Premier League 2020 {England} So Far

Kevin De Bruyne

1. Kevin De Bruyne 

    • Full Name: Kevin De Bruyne
    • Date of Birth: 28 June 1991
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Kevin De Bruyne has been the brain of this history-making Manchester City outfit. He has been a dependable and vibrant member of Pep Guardiola’s team in the just-concluded campaign, and no doubt remains a top 3 pick for Pep Guardiola’s plans for the future.

Kevin de Bruyne continues to prove himself a winner, and a top performer, capable of delivering the goods on the big occasions. He is creative, powerful, skillful, and dynamic. The midfield dynamo can pass, shoot, dribble, tackle and cross. Add that to his vision and ability to spot the runs of his teammates, and the technique to put the ball right within the stride of his running mates. Kevin de Bruyne has the ability to dictate the pace of the game, either speeding it up or slowing it down as he deems advantageous to his side.

Kevin de Bruyne is also an excellent holder of the ball, although he does not have to that for very long before his very pacy Manchester City teammates penetrate the opponent’s danger areas, where they are capable of doing the damage if given the right service.

This talented and hardworking midfielder has made history with Manchester City, becoming the first and only team to defend the title in 10 years.

2. Jordan Henderson

    • Full Name: Jordan Brian Henderson
    • Date of Birth: June 17th, 1990
    • Nationality: British
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Coming up second on this list of the best midfielders in the premier league, Jordan Henderson, he has the ability to deliver exquisite passes should not be the only attribute of a good midfielder; ball winning is an essential part of midfield play. With the laurels at his feet, it becomes more difficult to look past Jordan Henderson when compiling quality midfielders doing great jobs on the field.

This Liverpool man is stubborn and can stay on an opponent, throwing in tackle after tackle until he gets the ball. His recovery is excellent so even when he misses he continues to make life difficult for opponents when they have the ball. The most important part of his play, however, is his versatility. Jordan Henderson is the definition of a box to box midfielder; one moment he is helping out ion defense, and the next moment he is at the other end, trying to find a goal.

  • 3. Jack Grealish 

    • Full Name: Jack Peter Grealish
    • Date of Birth: September 10th, 1995
    • Nationality: British
    • Playing position: Attacking Midfielder

Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa number 10 comes next on our list with his high impact performances recently. The man has pace and flair and loves to take on defenders on the run. He is adept at turning defense into an attack not within minutes but within seconds. The dribbling comes naturally, and it seems that Jack Grealish just enjoys himself on the field. Without a doubt, we are going to see him wear the England white because he has been a revelation. He not only supplies the killer pass but also supplies goals for the team- sometimes when absolutely needed. 

4. Wilfred Ndidi 

    • Full Name: Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi
    • Date of Birth: 16 December 1996
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Playing position: Midfielder

As Defensive Midfielders go, Wilfred Ndidi is a rather effective one. The lanky Nigerian international has been getting applause for his ability to protect his back four, soaking up much of the pressure up-field, making sure that he keeps the ball away from the Leicester City danger area.

He has the ability to read danger, put his body in the way of an advancing attacker, win the ball neatly, makes aggressive tackles, win aerial battles as well as ground ones, and dictate the pace for his team. Wilfred Ndidi has good speed and can cover ground very quickly either going forward or tracking back.

Wilfred Ndidi boasts an average of 3.2 tackles, two interceptions, and 2.5 clearances per game. While his defensive abilities are top-notch he needs to improve his ball holding ability, passing, and shooting.

5. James Maddison

    • Full Name: James Daniel Maddison
    • Date of Birth: November 23rd, 1996
    • Nationality: British
    • Playing position: Midfielder

James Maddison, the diminutive number 10 at Leicester City is the attacking midfielder who gets most of the assists for the club’s goals at the moment. He is full of dribbling and running and can be a handful for defenders. He has established himself as one of the most consistent attacking midfielders in the past few seasons, and while he does not get as many assists as Kevin De Bryune we can actually blame that on the fact that he does not have the luxury of having such a fearsome array of quality goal-scorers to call his teammates. We continue to hear rumors that he could be on his way out of the King Power stadium, and we fully expect those rumors to be true. James Maddison is a player of true class- capable of claiming a starting shirt in any team in the world. 

Gini Wijnaldum

6. Georginio Wijnaldum

    • Full Name: Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum
    • Date of Birth: November 11th, 1990
    • Nationality: Dutch
    • Playing position: Midfielder

This player has also proven to be one of the best midfielders in the premier league which is why he is found on this list, he is a Dutch professional soccer player who takes up the role of a midfielder both in the premier league and also the Netherland National team.

Wijnaldum has outshone his rivals Fabinho and Naby Keita, despite their huge transfer fees, for the defensive midfield role at Liverpool. He is versatile and adapts well to a change in formation either tactically made, or forced by injury. He excels as a buffer, protecting the back four like a one-man wall, while stringing passes with teammates up ahead, or holding on to the ball while his teammates choose their positions for the next wave of Liverpool attack.

7. Mateo Kovacic

    • Full Name: Mateo Kovacic
    • Date of Birth: May 6, 1994
    • Nationality: Croatian
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Mateo Kovacic has improved markedly in recent times at a Chelsea side which seems to still be transitioning; he has improved his confidence and forward passing, making him such an important player for Chelsea at the moment. While The Blues still need a lot of refinement especially in the final third, it looks like they are not going to have any problems in the central midfield position.

Matteo Kovacic has a very good passing ability and has a keen eye for threading the ball through to the strikers.

8. Oliver Norwood

    • Full Name: Oliver James Norwood
    • Date of Birth: April 12th, 1991
    • Nationality: British
    • Playing position: Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood looks like he is going to be on our lips for some time to come; the Sheffield United midfield man is another high impact player. He is an all-round player who stamps his authority in the central midfield area. 

Oliver Norwood is strong in the air and will out-jump even taller opponents, he is very good at flinging long balls to his forwards in attacking areas, he will shoot from a distance even when it doesn’t look likely. He just has the warrior’s mentality that his ancestors would be proud of. The Irishman has been a key factor in Sheffield United’s success recently, and it looks like he will continue to produce these man-of-the match-winning performances. 

9. Fred 

    • Full Name: Frederico Rodrigues de Paulo Santos
    • Date of Birth: March 5th, 1993
    • Nationality: Brazillian
    • Playing position: Midfielder

The Brazilian at Manchester United showed in his first appearance for the side that he is a very robust player; he is quick to throw in the ball-winning tackles and does everything he can to win possession for his team. However, the whole Manchester United side has suffered a lot and so nobody can be said to be performing at his optimal level. That’s notwithstanding, Fred has improved much in recent times; he has added attacking play to his ball-winning games and so has evolved into an energetic box to box midfield player.

10. Todd Cantwell

    • Full Name: Todd Owen Cantwell
    • Date of Birth: February 27th, 1998
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Todd Cantwell who plays for lowly Norwich City gets his name on the list because of his individual displays, and indomitable spirit. He has excelled on the left as well as on the right side of the midfield and has shown that he can be a consistent goal scorer as well. His passing ability is beyond doubt, and it has been him pushing his team forward at most times. Todd Cantwell deserves to play at a bigger club, he has the talent. 


Worthy Mentions

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

    • Full Name: Raheem Shaquille Sterling
    • Date of Birth: 8th of December, 1994
    • Place of Birth: Jamaica
    • Nationality: England
    • Playing position: Attacking Midfielder

An English professional footballer who plays in the premier league as an attacking midfielder as well as a winger and also takes up the same role at international levels as he plays for the England National team. This great player was giving birth to in Jamaica but later relocated to London at a very tender age of 5 where he began his football career at Queens Park Rangers, later on, he got signed by the premier league side Liverpool in the year 2010. Following a dispute over a new contract to retain him at the club, he got signed by Manchester City following a transfer fee of £49 million, which was the highest-paid transfer fee for an English player. Following his arrival at Manchester City, he aided the team in winning the premier league in the year 2018. In November 2012, sterling made his professional international debut for England National team after being featured as one of the England Under-16, under-17, under-19, and under-21 national youth teams, and following his performances in the youth squad, he was chosen to make his debut for the England national team at the year 2014 World Cup.

Raheem Sterling has now discovered that football is not just about Skills and running up and down the field, you have to score goals. Raheem Sterling has reciprocated by banging in goals and making quality assists for his club, in the English Premier League this season.

This has been the missing link in his play and now that he has developed this important aspect of the game, Raheem Sterling has jumped into superstardom. He is one of the most difficult footballers to play against in the world currently.

Fernandinho

Fernandinho

    • Full Name: Fernando Luiz Roza
    • Date of Birth: 4th of May, 1985
    • Nationality: Brazil
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Right here we have a Brazilian professional football player who handles the midfield position in both the Brazil National Team and the premier league.

Manchester City’s midfield dynamo is the complete package. He has been the heart of Manchester City’s Success- his fellow midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has been the Brains. As a matter of fact, Fernandinho is so important for Manchester City, that the two games he has missed have been miserable losses, while the games he has played have resulted in a Trophy and has hereby been considered one of the best midfielders in the premier league

Manchester City’s versatile midfield enforcer boasts 2.2 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 2.7 clearances per 90 minutes. This is the man who ensures that Manchester City has the ball, with 10.27 recoveries per game ( 38.9% in the opponents half ) ensuring that the opponents get pinned back in their own half.

On the attack, he is just as potent with 73.5 passes per game, 87.5 percent accuracy, 0.8 key passes per game, Fernandinho ensures that Manchester City dominates possession of the ball, frustrating the opponents in the process.

N’golo Kante

N’golo Kante 

    • Full Name: N’golo Kante
    • Date of Birth: 29 March 1991
    • Nationality: France
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Anything N’golo Kante touches turns to gold: he helped Leicester win the English Premier League, Went to Chelsea and won another English Premier League Title, went to France, won the World Cup! That is how good N’golo Kante is!!

Arguably, N’golo Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world currently. Even when played out of position, in a more forward role, N’golo Kante still does most Chelsea’s ball-winning, even in the opponents half. That helps keep opponents preoccupied with defending, ensuring that they have less time to plot attacks into the Chelsea area.

N’golo Kante has been one of Chelsea’s standout performers, he has been an absolute pillar holding this team that has tottered sometimes this season, he has held them up, preventing a total collapse of Stamford Bridge.
His Interceptions, tackles, and fouls; 1.4, 1.7 and 0.9 respectively have helped Chelsea on their way to 3rd position on the log this season, despite their sometimes dismal performances.

Christian Ericksen

    • Full Name: Christian Dannemann Eriksen
    • Date of Birth: 14 June 1992
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Having had a wonderful run in the 2018/ 2019 UEFA Champions League, Christian Ericksen claims his spot among footballs leading midfielders. He has been a core member of this history-making Tottenham Hotspurs side.

The Great Dane may not have magic in his feet, but what he has going for him is Technique. Christian Ericksen is what you can call the modern midfielder; he is not a specialist at anything really, but he knows a little of everything.

Under pressure Christian Ericksen remains calm, shadow marking, tackling, intercepting the ball, covering open areas- general defending work. But when Tottenham gets the ball he switches gear.

He is confident and direct in his attacking play. He looks up and spots a teammate’s run, and has the technical ability to place the ball right at the feet of his running teammate. Christian Ericksen is one of the most important midfielders in the game. He is good with the ball at his feet, has the ability to execute difficult passes, and the technique to his a cracking volley, even on the turn.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

    • Full Name: Paul Labile Pogba
    • Date of Birth: 15th of March, 1993
    • Place of Birth: laggy-Sur-Marne
    • Nationality: France
    • Playing position: Midfielder

Paul Pogba is quite a great premier league player known as one of the best midfielders in the premier league as he performs great wonder on the field making use of great tactical patterns of play. Pogba is a French professional football player who plays greatly both in the premier league and the France National Team. Pogba is a multi-role player as he plays primarily the central midfield position, but is very capable of playing in other positions like Attacking midfield, defensive midfield, and deep-lying playmaker role.

Pogba notably started his real football career with the Ligue 1 side “Le Havre” before he was transferred to the premier league side “Manchester United” in the year 2009 still as a youth football player, but made his debut for the senior team two years later. Following his limited appearance with the premier league side, he departed to join the Italian side “Juventus” on a free transfer in the year 2012, on getting to the Italian club, he aided the club in winning four consecutive series A titles alongside other titles. After the notice of his outstanding performance in the Italian league, his former premier league club got attracted by his performance and brought him back to the premier league for a then world record fee of €105 million (£89.3 million) in the year 2016. Pogba is in no doubt one of the best midfielders in the premier league.

Paul Pogba’s season has been a story of smiles and frowns, ups and downs, of open feuds and head- shaking.
When Pogba returned to Manchester United after winning the World Cup with France, everyone expected the Frenchman to step up for the Red Devils, but he started the season with inconsistent performances, and he was at the heart of events leading to the sack of former coach Jose Mourinho from the club.

The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United has produced a redefined Pogba.

Lucas Torreira 

    • Full Name: Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua
    • Date of Birth: 11 February 1996
    • Nationality: Uruguay
    • Playing position: Midfielder

When Arsenal paid 25 million pounds for this diminutive Spaniard, it was clear they had seen some potential in him and were keep to harness it for their benefit. A notoriously miserly club; Arsenal does not tend to gamble with money unless they are sure about what they are buying. Has he been a good buy?

Lucas Torreira is Arsenal’s own version of N’golo Kante. They needed someone to strengthen their shaking, tottering, slumbering midfield, and since they couldn’t go for the original, they went for the next best thing. His tackles are good and his interceptions are vital. This guy with his menacing midfield presence allows Arsenal to play with more confidence.

He is not afraid to jump for the ball-even against bigger opponents, has pace, a high passing rate, is sure-footed, with a low center of gravity, and sometimes looks eager to engage in a 50-50.

Torreira has won 60 percent of his duels this season and he has a passing accuracy of 88 percent. He averages 78 touches per game and has scored 2 very important goals.

 

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Conclusion On Top 10 Midfielders In The Premier League 2020

After a lot of competitive display from all the midfielders present in England, the top 10 best have been sorted out, as they have given in their best in the football game, which has made them the best midfielders in the premier league.

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