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5. Tom Huddlestone has been one of the other stars of Hull City's maiden campaign back in the top flight, knitting together the team's defence and midfield with his range of passing. His 35 chances this season place him in the top 10 of all midfielders, not just deep central ones, while everyone is also glad he finally cut his hair.
4. Mathieu Flamini might just turn out to be one of Arsenal's best buys in recent years, and he was on a free transfer. He doesn't contribute much going forward but provides security for others to do so, rarely misplacing a pass and making plenty of interceptions in the middle of the park.
3. Yohan Cabaye is a different type of midfielder in that he operates in both deep and offensive areas, depending on Newcastle's need for any given game. He's certainly recaptured his best form this season and is the biggest value asset for the team, both on the pitch and financially. Capable of winning a game on his own, Cabaye has provided seven goals and 33 chances this term.
2. Jordan Henderson is so versatile and reliable these days that he's played six varieties of midfield roles already this season, and he's excelled in most. He's best as a deep, breaking, box-to-box midfielder, though, and his athleticism and reaction to transitions brings out the best of himself and his teammates. Henderson has provided 42 chances this season—a top-five ranking for midfielders.
1. Fernandinho has been a perfect signing for Manchester City. He's defensively sound, athletic and aware enough to allow his midfield partner to raid forward with regularity. He's also technical enough to do it himself at times. He goes a little unnoticed at City at times, but Fernandinho is a magical, superb team player.