Top 4 Premier League teams based on midfield strength
Tactics and formation in football might have evolved a lot during the Premier League era, but bossing the midfield battle remains a key factor in winning the game. Teams with star attacking players often struggle in big games when there is a lack of talent in the midfield department.
During the initial days of the league, clubs often fielded two strikers upfront with two central midfielders and the remaining two offering width on the flanks. The arrival of Jose Mourinho gave birth to deep-lying playmakers and attacking midfielders.
Pep Guardiola’s revolutionary Barcelona team consisting of the Iniesta-Busquets-Xavi trio completely changed the way people perceived the midfield. Since then, clubs have looked for midfielders with vision and creativity to change the tempo of the game. In the last 2-3 seasons, Premier League has showcased many teams with versatility and dynamism in the middle of the park. In this article, we will look at four teams with the best midfield in the Premier League.
#4 Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers’ side has been a relevation this season. Leicester City’s fluid playing style has impressed many and is a huge reason why they are second in the Premier League. Their midfield consisting of Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans have outclassed almost every opponent this season.
Ndidi, one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, is the glue which holds this team together. He has often won the physical battle in the central midfield and registered the most tackles last season. He is averaging 5.1 tackles per game this season, the highest in Europe’s top five leagues.
There was immense hype around Tielemans when he became the youngest Belgian to feature in the UEFA Champions League but he fell off the radar due to inconsistency. He seems to be back to his best with 3 goals and 3 assist in the league and offers the creative spark in the midfield.
Maddison is the one who gets a lot of attention during every game, mainly because of his mazy runs from the midfield and the ability to pass perfectly in the box.