The Premier League has been home to brilliant central midfielders for years now and this season has been no different. These men dictate the tempo of the game and hold the defense and attack together. They carry out varied responsibilities on the pitch and are the heart of the team, the central core that keeps the men around ticking.
The 2018/19 season of the Premier League has come to a fantastic end. Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the crown on the final game, in a season which saw 2 teams cross the 95 point mark. The year also saw the rise of English football, as both the Europa League and the Champions League finals have English teams fighting each other for the grand prize.
Central to all the success has been the quality of the central midfielders in the league. As such, Sportskeeda brings you the top 10 central midfielders in the Premier League this season. The list contains some stellar names and only two teams manage to contribute more than one man in this list. But who is the best central midfielder in the Premier League this season? Read on to find out.
#10 Abdoulaye Doucouré (France, Watford)
The Frenchman has been steadily climbing up the ranks among the central midfielders in the league in recent times. Doucoure joined Watford from Stade Rennais in the January of 2016 and was sent on loan to Granada.
He returned from loan in the summer of the same year and soon found his feet in the Premier League. Since then, Doucoure has gone from strength to strength and has caught the eye with his stellar displays in the middle of the park.
The 26-year-old plays as a defensive midfielder for Watford, but has the ability to drive forward with power and speed. And this is why despite carrying out a more defensive role, Doucoure is a threat going forward.
He likes to make late runs into the box and is also good with the ball at his feet. This season, the Frenchman has averaged 2 tackles and 1 interception per game. He has 35 appearances in the league and has run 11.28 km on an average.
Doucoure has averaged 55 passes per game and has 59 accurate long balls to his name. He has registered 5 through balls and has created 8 big chances, despite his deep-lying role. The Frenchman finished the season with 5 goals and 6 assists and is the 10th best central midfielder in the league this season.