Following on from the success of "The Premier League: Top 10 Forwards Today", I have been asked by Bleacher Report to rank the 10 best midfielders playing this season in Europe's most exciting league.
While forwards will always be judged primarily—perhaps harshly—on their goal scoring form, rating the contribution and influence of a midfielder player to his team's success is more difficult and possible more subjective.
For these reasons, I am likely to come in for a lot of stick for my selections and, more likely yet, for the order in which they are ranked.
Although it is possibly foolish to run this article with just a quarter of the league's fixtures accomplished, my decisions have been based on how well the players have fared in the past season and nine matches based on the following criteria: their individual performances, their Actim Index rating, and their influence on their team's success.
Unsurprisingly, there is a large representation from the five teams currently sitting comfortably in European qualifying positions, there are still some inclusions and omissions which will shock and stir debate.
What is certain is that, with more and more managers starting to favour a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation to a more traditional 4-4-2, the role of the attacking central midfielder and the wingers have been pivotal to a team's fortunes and the players who were initially full-backs or midfielders, the so-called runners and play-makers, are now effectively playing as forwards.
Commence the countdown...