Top 4 defensive midfielders in the Premier League this season
We are already past the halfway mark of the 2018/19 season of the Premier League and we have seen some very entertaining stuff so far. This season in the Premier League, we have seen some brilliant midfield performances and some of the defensive midfielders have been really good.
A defensive midfielder plays in a much disciplined role and he gives his side's attacking players a chance to express themselves up the field. Defensive midfielders are players who focus on protecting their side's back-line and provide cover for the full backs or center backs, if they move forward and join the attack. These players are tasked with breaking up play, protecting a certain zone on the field or sometimes man mark a particular attacking player from the opposition. These players do the dirty work better than anyone else and are a vital component of every successful team.
So, without further ado, here are the top four defensive midfielders in the Premier League this season according to me.
#4 Lucas Torreira
Lucas Torreira arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the summer and he has already become a fan favorite in North London. The little Uruguayan has been giving Arsenal midfielders a lesson in energy and tenacity and he has added much needed bite in the middle of the park for the Gunners.
His progressive passing and aggressive tackling has made an extremely favorable impression on the Arsenal Faithful. He has mostly played alongside Granit Xhaka in a midfield two this season. Still very young, the Uruguayan has a long way to go, but the 22 year old has definitely had a wonderful start to his Arsenal career.
In terms of stats this season in the Premier League, Lucas averages 82 touches per game, has a passing accuracy of 89% and has 2 goals and 2 assists to his name. The 22 year old has won 62% of his tackles, won 63% of his duels, made 28 interceptions and made a total of 23 clearances.