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10 best midfielders in the Premier League era

We rank the top 10 midfielders of the Premier League era

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Top 5 / Top 10 26 Mar 2016, 18:29 IST
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Gerrard and Lampard were two of the greatest midfielders in the Premier League era

A match on the football pitch is run by these gems. Midfielders are the players who are the engine of the team. The link between defense and attack, they can split an opposition defense with one pass or make a crucial tackle to deny a scoring chance for opponents.

There have been some truly amazing players who have graced the Premier League and to pick the top 10 midfielders in the Premier League era is no easy task. Players from the traditional heavyweights, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all make the list.

We take a look at the top 10 midfielders in the Premier League era:

#10. Michael Essien (Chelsea)

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Essien is one of the greatest African players of this generation

One of the best box-to-box midfielders to have played in the Premier League, Essien was one of the main reasons for Chelsea’s successes in the 2005-2010 period. Essien’s ability to exert energy in supporting offensive and defensive play and  his tough tackling style has earned him the nickname "The Bison".

The Ghanian midfielder was at Chelsea from 2005 till 2014 however he is best remembered for his contributions from 2005-2010. He won two Premier League titles in that period and he was also voted as Chelsea player of the year in 2007.

Essien was so good at his peak that he was even nominated for the FIFA World Player of the year award in 2006 and 2007. The Ghanian’s hardworking displays in the centre of the park for Chelsea made him a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge.

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