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Who is the best Premier League midfielder ever?

| 09.04.2020

So far, we’ve run through the best goalkeepers and defenders the Premier League has ever seen.

Now it’s over to the midfielders to showcase their combination of brains, brawn and brilliance to make their case of being the league’s best.

Ready for our midfield four?

Paul Scholes

If the likes of Xavi and Zinedine Zidane are singing your praises, then it’d be downright barmy of us not to have Scholes in here.

A player who could pick a pass tomorrow, play it yesterday and had the knack of being the right place to score goals – if only he could’ve tackled.

Scholes became a lynchpin in the Manchester United side under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning eleven Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues to name but few of his honours.

Calmness personified.

Patrick Vieira

A shining example of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s ability to spot a player no-one would have heard of.

Vieira came to Arsenal as a lanky, wide-eyed 20-year-old and left as perhaps the most dominant central midfielder the league has ever seen.

He gave us some big goals, crunching tackles, and a genuine great Premier League rivalry with Roy Keane.

A double winner and an invincible in his days with the Gunners. Not many fancied squaring up to Vieira.

Frank Lampard

The ultimate box-to-box midfielder. Goals were his game and he scored a shed load of them. 177 in fact in the Premier League.

He always found himself in the right place to score, but also knew when to pass too – take his 102 assists.

Lampard became a Premier League legend bagging three Premier Leagues, a Champions League and room full of individual honours.

If you want show your kids how to become a master midfield goal-getter, then stick on a Lampard compilation – they’re all superb!

N’Golo Kante

After France’s World Cup win in 2018, team-mate Paul Pogba quipped Kante has ‘fifteen lungs’.

But when you really think about it, at his best Kante turns up on the right, left, and even through the centre of the pitch all in a blink of an eye.

Kante arrived in the Premier League at Leicester City in 2015, and under Claudio Ranieri, became the division’s top defensive midfielder as the Foxes’ stunned all to become 5000/1 champions.

But after moving him into a central position, the diminutive Frenchman hasn’t looked back. Two Premier League titles already in his trophy cabinet, the ‘Kante role’ has become a world-wide phenomenon.

Since his move to Chelsea, he’s proved adept in attacking areas too, showcasing his athleticism. Whether his best days are behind him or not, he’s taken the league by storm.

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Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.