Last week, we spoke about Arturo Vidal, his importance to Juventus and the play of his partner in midfield, Andrea Pirlo.
In this follow-up story, we'll take a look at some of the top midfielders around the Serie A so far this season to find out where the Chilean international ranks.
Italian football is experiencing some turbulence in the wake of the Scommessopoli scandal that rocked the country last year. Yet for all of the bad press the league seems to be taking, its competitiveness is shining bright.
The level of play has been outstanding so far this season, making this list even harder to compile. The representatives on the European level are putting together solid performances, showing everyone that Italian football is on its way back and should not be taken lightly.
This article will only look at true midfielders. For example, someone like AS Roma's Erik Lamela might be enjoying a fantastic season, but he's more of a forward than a midfielder.
We'll subject every player to both a statistical analysis and the eye test to determine where exactly he fits on the list.
All statistics used are courtesy of Whoscored.com.
Any list is subject to the opinion of the author that created it, so there are bound to be inclusions or omissions you don't agree with. If so, please let us know in the comment section. We'll be happy to debate the subject for hours if we have to, and you might be able to get your player on the list if your case is compelling enough.
So sit back and take a look at our top 10 midfield performers in the Serie A this season.