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5 best midfielders in Bundesliga this year (2021)

Who are the best midfielders in 2021 of the Bundesliga? (Image from Sportskeeda)
Who are the best midfielders in 2021 of the Bundesliga? (Image from Sportskeeda)

The Bundesliga is one of the most exciting leagues globally, and its sheer volume of goals makes it extremely attractive to even casual fans. While a major part of it is the brilliance of the attackers, the midfielders play no less of a role for all the Bundesliga clubs.

In general, midfielders form the link between attackers and defenders. But in a tactically astute league like the Bundesliga, several clubs employ their midfielders in unorthodox roles, which results in more goal contributions from relatively deeper positions.

The Bundesliga has some of the most technically sound midfielders

These footballers are not just brilliant at being involved in goals. In short, they carry out the tasks to perfection, and the following list of Bundesliga midfielders stands out from the rest. Of the overall aspects, these five are the best Bundesliga midfielders of 2021.


#5 Filip Kostic

Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga
Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt wideman Filip Kostic can play in several positions on the left. However, he has mostly been employed as a left midfielder. The Serbian has found his rhythm in Frankfurt after a loan spell there.

Kostic has rapidly made himself a recognizable name among Bundesliga fans. Kostic relies on his speed and guile as he loves to take on opposition defenders and beat them on pace.

The signature move. ✍️ 🎯Safe to say Filip #Kostic has that driving effort down to a tee. β›³ #Bundesliga https://t.co/51WhHBibxX

2021 has been an excellent year for Kostic as he has proved his money's worth in Frankfurt. He made 42 appearances which consisted of an incredible 32 goal involvements. His 25 assists in the calendar year across all major competitions is a record in the Bundesliga of 2021.


#4 Florian Wirtz

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfL Bochum - Bundesliga
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v VfL Bochum - Bundesliga

German wonderkid Florian Wirtz has been a sensational discovery by Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Wirtz is one of the youngest players in the Bundesliga to make his senior debut, and he has not looked back since. He has gone from strength to strength as he has already become a first-team regular.

Playing as an attacking midfielder, Wirtz displays tactical insight and an understanding of a game that is almost unthinkable for a player his age.

Player focus: Florian Wirtz had 3 goals and 3 assists in the group stage πŸ”₯#UEL https://t.co/ZORQmHuF11

2021 has been a big year in Wirtz's life where he has made the big jump in his career. He became a regular starter for Bayer Leverkusen with his superb performances, and although he is a creative playmaker, Wirtz has no shortage of goals or assists.

With 25 goal involvements - 11 goals and 14 assists - Wirtz has been one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga in the current calendar year.

#3 Joshua Kimmich

FC Bayern München v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga
FC Bayern MΓΌnchen v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga

A star footballer for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, it hasn't been long since Joshua Kimmich changed into a more traditional midfield role.

The German was primarily a right-back until injuries in the squad and tactical shifts required Kimmich to become a defensive midfielder. However, the German has shown no discomfort as he has made a perfect transition as a midfielder. Many fans have claimed that Kimmich looks more natural in his new role with club and country.

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ JOSHUA KIMMICH - 9/10Ignoring the whole vaccination story and his bad luck with isolation in the last two months, Kimmich has been one of our most important players once again. When he plays, 95% of our chances are created by him. Would have been a 10 if he played more. https://t.co/Hopwvs4DwI

Kimmich has been an excellent player in 2021, where he has stood out as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe. Kimmich hasn't proved his mettle just as a defensive talent in the Bundesliga. He has also made consistent output on the offensive end with 10 goals and 10 assists in 2021.


#2 Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund v SpVgg Greuther Fürth - Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund v SpVgg Greuther FΓΌrth - Bundesliga

Many superstars may have deserted Borussia Dortmund over the years, but Marco Reus has stayed put. There has never been any doubt regarding the ability that Rues has. However, he has had an affair with injuries over the years, and that has seen him shift to the role of an attacking midfielder from the role of a winger to his prevalent position in his younger days.

However, Reus has benefitted from the switch as he has been able to stay injury-free and has made telling contributions to Dortmund.

No other midfielder has had more goal involvements (37) in calendar year 2021 than Marco Reus. 15 goals and 22 assists in 53 games. Instrumental. https://t.co/PTaLdcTHdJ

Reus has the versatility to play in several different positions on the pitch, but his recent exploits have come from the attacking midfield area. He has been a nightmare for many defenders throughout the year. Reus made the most of it to notch up an incredible 37 goal involvement.

He has scored 15 goals across all major competitions, and his assists count of 22 is second only to the achievement of fellow Bundesliga footballer Filip Kostic.


#1 Christopher Nkunku

FC Augsburg v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga
FC Augsburg v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga

Christopher Nkunku is a prime example of a footballer making the most out of a transfer. He started at PSG but moved to Germany in search of game time. Nkunku has made the most out of it to become one of the superstars in the Bundesliga.

Nkunku is brilliant to watch on the ball with his superb technical skills, and he can play in several positions in the middle of the pitch. Nkunku has made the most of it as an attacking midfielder in 2021.

Despite a mediocre start to the current campaign in 2021, Nkunku has taken no stopping at an individual level. He has had a brilliant year with many goals and assists from the middle of the pitch. The Frenchman has accrued 19 goals and 17 assists and has been the best player for RB Leipzig by a mile in 2021.

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Edited by Rohit Mishra
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