Top 10 Defensive Midfielders in the World Right Now
A defensive midfielder is a tireless precise engine working every inch of the field. Their versatility timely anticipation and stamina enables them to dictate the tempo of the game. They work from defense to attack with clinical passing and typical tackles. The most important part of the modern game yet sometimes not praised.
10. Arturo Vidal
He is a hard nut to crack and quite the versatile type .Vidal is a tough tackler with the right timing on the ball and great with the ball for the defence behind him. He is capable of dictating the tempo of games and contributes positively with a decent range of passing and even has a solid goal return.
9. Declan Rice
At just 20 years he is an upcoming midfield maestro a regular in West Ham starting eleven. An exceptional game reader and much disciplined on the pitch. He is great at recycling possession for his team. Rice is a man destined for bigger things.
He is a very composed possession holder who hardly loses the ball. He is quite a sight to watch as he moves the ball in limited spaces. He had a season of his life at Napoli and is an integral part of the Chelsea squad
7. Idrissa Gueyet
Gueye has recently joined PSG for £30m due to his consistency at Everton over the last few seasons. He is very calm while on the ball. He has a hard work ethic and is a distinct tackler who likes winning back the ball for his team. You really need to see this guy run tirelessly on the pitch.
The heir to the aging Fernandinho, at 23 he is certain to command the midfield for another decade. He is one of the most foremost midfielders with overwhelming ball recovery. He is good on loose balls and winning tackles or aerial balls. His passing is accurate and impeccable.
He got the chance to shine under Zidane, his introduction brought stability between the defense and attack allowing the ever attacking orientated fullbacks to push forward. This guy is surely a machine operating in the midfield of one of the strongest teams in the world. He is a very typical tackler one to eye hard before receiving the ball
4. Sergio Busquets
He is always at the right place at the right time. He is a very technical tackler with height. He has over 100 caps for La Roja and has an entire career at Barca. He can also connect the forwards with some helplessly killer through passes. He will surely
3. Frenkie de Jong.
This kid is a maestro in the midfield, a very proficient ball holder carrying the ball from the deep midfield to the forwards. He likes to thread the ball in dangerous areas and start quick layoffs for swift counter attacks. He will surely fill the big boots of Busquets.
In a team of bright talents, this one player stands out and Man City cannot do without him. He is Fernandinho. He is an accurate passmaker, is pacy and has timely anticipation. He demolishes attacking build up before they even start.
1. N’Golo Kante
A consistent performer and opens up creativity on the field by giving freedom to the others midfielders to push forward. He is a stamina powerhouse who does not stop working that midfield. He is the first player to win back to back English league titles with different clubs. He likes scoring from distance.