They are the engines of their teams, the creative influences behind attackers who claim most of the credit.
They are central midfielders, and the summer transfer period could see a handful of very good ones swap their current clubs for covetous rivals.
In the following slides, we’ll look at five such players, and let’s be clear from the outset: We’re only concerned with midfielders who play from the centre of the park. Wingers (such as Nani) and advanced attackers (such as Gareth Bale, who can also play from the wing) are not what we’re after.
Let’s get to it.
All statistics courtesy WhoScored.com.