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The Best Midfield Maestros of the 2023/24 Premier League Season.

Updated: Feb 2

In the ever-evolving world of football, the midfield remains the heartbeat of any successful team. The 2022-2023 and the ongoing 2023-2024 seasons have brought forth a new generation of midfield talents in the Premier League.

Let's explore the dynamic world of midfield playmakers and enforcers, where creativity, vision, and defensive prowess blend seamlessly. In this comprehensive overview, we'll take a closer look at the top 15 midfielders who have been making headlines in the Premier League.

Here Are The Best Midfielders Currently Plying Their Trade In The 2023-24 English Top-Flight Season

1. Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian maestro, continues to be the yardstick by which all midfielders are measured. His vision, passing range, and game-changing abilities played a crucial role in Manchester City's remarkable treble-winning campaign in the 2022-23 season. After recovering from injury earlier in the on going 2023-24 season, he made a stunning comeback, scoring a delightful goal against Newcastle as City secured a 3-2 victory at St James' Park.

The Belgium remains the driving force behind City's relentless pursuit of glory. Even with only six appearances in all competitions this season, De Bruyne has contributed to five goals (scoring one and providing four assists). Last season, he has supplied 32 assists, surpassing any other Premier League player by eight. You can explore more De Bruyne facts to gain an insight into the midfield ace.

2. Bernardo Silva - Manchester City

Another Man City maestro, Bernardo Silva, has proven his worth in the heart of the midfield. His ability to unlock defences and provide crucial assists has been pivotal to City's success. He was also a key member of Pep Guardiola's Man City side that won the treble last term and has continued his fine form in the current campaign, assisting and scoring goals for the Cityzens who are keen on securing a fourth league title on the trot.

3. Martin Odegaard - Arsenal

Martin Odegaard has emerged as a pivotal figure in Arsenal's midfield in recent years following his move from Real Madrid. Odegaard brought a new dimension to the Gunners' midfield. His exquisite dribbling, precise passing, and flair have made him a key creator for the North London club, challenging City for the title. As the Arsenal captain, Odegaard shoulders the responsibility of leading his side both on and off the pitch. His knack for scoring vital goals underlines his influence and importance this season and beyond.

4. Rodri - Manchester City

Rodri, an indomitable presence in Manchester City's midfield, offers the steadfast stability and defensive acumen that the team relies upon. His astute positioning and pinpoint passing are integral to City's style of play. Rodri's impact goes beyond his defensive duties; he secured the match-winning goal against Inter Milan in the Champions League in May 2023 and remains a prolific contributor to the Cityzens.

5. Bruno Fernandes - Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes' influence at Manchester United remains nothing short of profound. His vision and capacity to find the net from midfield played a pivotal role in propelling the Red Devils to EFL Cup victory in the 2022-23 season. As the season unfolds, Fernandes continues to be the beating heart of United's midfield, consistently ranking among the league leaders in chances created despite their below par displays. Notably, in the year 2023, he was the highest in creating chances (100 from open play), showcasing his unparalleled playmaking abilities.

6. Douglas Luiz - Aston Villa

In the 2023-24 season, Douglas Luiz, the Brazilian maestro has proven to be a crucial asset in Aston Villa's midfield, showcasing technical skills, composure, and adept transition from defense to attack. Under manager Unai Emery, Luiz's performances have been pivotal to Villa's high table ranking and their race for a top-four finish, solidifying his role in shaping the future of the team's midfield.

7. Jack Grealish - Manchester City

Jack Grealish's creativity and flair have blended seamlessly into the Manchester City lineup. This term, his extraordinary dribbling skills and playmaking abilities effortlessly became part of City's attacking roster, introducing a fresh and dynamic dimension to their offensive strategies. After initially struggling to adapt in his first season at the Etihad, Grealish's subsequent performance underscored his significant impact as he contributed to City's remarkable success in 2023, and his performances in the ongoing 2023-24 season indicate that he is destined for greater heights. Moreover, off the pitch, Grealish's lively personality and boundless enthusiasm also played a role in boosting team spirit.

8. Declan Rice - Arsenal

Declan Rice's journey from West Ham United to Arsenal in the summer of 2023 was a major transfer. His impressive performances helped West Ham win the 2022-23 Europa Conference League, their first trophy in decades. In the new season, Rice has seamlessly adapted to life at Arsenal and is making a significant impact, scoring vital goals for the Gunners, notably against Manchester United and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium and at Stamford Bridge respectively.

9. Phil Foden - Manchester City

Phil Foden, another gem from Manchester City's academy, continues to dazzle with his skills. His versatility and eye for goal have made him a crucial component of City's midfield. As things stand, he has netted 5 goals and registered six assists in all competitions this season.

10. James Maddison

In the summer of 2023, James Maddison's move from Leicester City to Tottenham marked a career evolution as a standout attacking midfielder. Under manager Ange Postecoglou, his creative prowess revitalised Spurs' attack, with three goals, five assists, and a 54% shooting accuracy in 11 matches before injury during the ongoing 2023-24 season. As the season advances, there's anticipation for his return, bolstering Tottenham's quest for a top-four spot.

11. Casemiro - Manchester United

Casemiro, the seasoned midfielder who made the transition from Real Madrid to Manchester United in 2022, has seamlessly injected his priceless experience into the Premier League. His tenacious playing style and remarkable command of the midfield played a pivotal role in United securing third place in the 2022-23 season and clinching the EFL Cup. While Casemiro might leave some questioning his 11th position in the rankings, despite netting four goals in various competitions, however, it's worth noting that his defensive contributions didn't meet expectations before his injury in their Carabao Cup defeat by Newcastle in early November 2023.

12. Alexis Mac Allister - Liverpool

Alexis Mac Allister, who won the World Cup with Messi and made a move to Liverpool from Brighton, has quickly adapted to his new surroundings. His contributions to Liverpool's midfield, alongside Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch have been invaluable, adding a new dimension to the team's play under Jurgen Klopp.

13. João Palhinha Fulham

João Palhinha, the Portuguese midfield enforcer, has made a significant impact on Fulham's fortunes in the 2023/24 Premier League campaign. With his exceptional ball-winning skills, robust tackling, and superb positional awareness, Palhinha has become the linchpin of Fulham's midfield. His ability to break up opposition attacks and seamlessly transition from defence to attack has been invaluable for the Cottagers. Whether it's shielding the defence or instigating attacking moves, Palhinha has proven himself as a vital component of Fulham's midfield.

14. Dominik Szoboszlai - Liverpool

Dominik Szoboszlai, a recent addition to Liverpool from RB Leipzig, has been an essential element in Liverpool's rejuvenated midfield. His ability to control the game and contribute to the attack has not gone unnoticed. In the 2023-24 season, Szoboszlai's influence on Liverpool's play is undeniable.

15. Yves Bissouma - Tottenham Hotspur

Yves Bissouma, who now plays for Tottenham Hotspur after his heroics at Brighton and Hove, has been rejuvenated under manager Ange Postecoglou. His performances have contributed to Spurs' resurgence in the 2023-2024 season. It remains to be seen how consistent he will be in the Lilywhites' new style of play.

The midfielders on this list represent the cream of the crop in the Premier League, showcasing their diverse talents and influencing the game in various ways. They are pivotal to their respective teams' successes and continue to be the driving force behind their ambitions. As the Premier League evolves, these midfield maestros will undoubtedly keep captivating fans with their performances and contributions to the beautiful game.

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