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Premier League's best midfielders - ranked

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The Premier League is home to a string of great midfielders and the best thing is, there's a player to suit everyone's needs.

Destructive number fours, playmaking number sixes, dynamic number eights and silky number tens. You name it, the Premier League's got it.

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10. Mason Mount (Down 1)

Mason Mount
Mount has impressed in recent weeks / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Mason Mount's form has been a bit up and down this season, but he's still one of the most important players for Chelsea.

He's a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge for a reason.

9. Fabinho (Down 2)

Fabinho
Fabinho is quality / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Fabinho has been Liverpool's most consistently brilliant midfielder for the last three years, but he had a poor showing at Aston Villa and is now nursing an injury.

It won't be long before he's climbing back up this list, but for now, he'll have to make do down here.

8. Martin Odegaard (Down 2)

Martin Odegaard
Arsenal are in a slump / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Not an ideal time for Arsenal to forget how to play football.

Odegaard is obviously quality, but he hasn't been showing that recently and Arsenal are paying for it.

7. James Maddison (Re-Entry)

James Maddison
Maddison is flying / Paul Harding/GettyImages

It may have only been against the sides sat 20th and 19th in the Premier League standings, but Maddison has been on a bit of a tear of late.

I wonder if Gareth Southgate is watching?

6. Christian Eriksen (Up 2)

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen is brilliant / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Back playing football, and back to being one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

Eriksen has reinvigorated a Brentford team who were slipping down the table before his arrival.

A top player.

5. Thiago Alcantara (-)

Thiago Alcantara
Thiago is exceptional / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

When fit, Thiago is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world.

His recent performances for Liverpool have proved that once again. No doubting whether he actually improves the team anymore.

4. Bernardo Silva (-)

Bernardo Silva, Mateo Kovacic
Bernardo is so hard to dispossess / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

It is impossible not to marvel at Bernardo Silva whenever he takes to the pitch.

His close control, agility, and turn of pace mean he can carry the ball for pretty much as long as he wants. Once he gets to the end of his meandering runs he normally provides a key pass, assist or goal too.

3. Declan Rice (-)

Declan Rice
Rice is a target for several Champions League sides / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

One day, probably in the future, West Ham are going to sell Declan Rice for a lot of money.

Sure, his price tag will be inflated by the 'English player' tax, but he will also attract monster bids because he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.

2. Rodri (-)

Rodri
Rodri has gone from strength to strength this season / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Rodri has had his doubters over the years, but this season accepting his brilliance has become mainstream.

Replacing the timeless Fernandinho was never going to be an easy task but the Spaniard has continually risen to the challenge and is now one of the few 'undroppables' in Pep Guardiola's side.

1. Kevin De Bruyne (-)

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne is one of the best players around / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Here he is. The best midfielder in the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne seems to finally be on his way back to his best following a few injury frustrations - and we're loving it.


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