If there was ever a key role in football, it is without a doubt the central midfield. The turnout of a game is determined in the battle over the midfield and who establishes control.
Simply put, they are the engine that drives the team forward.
Personality, skill, hard work and spirit; some of the ingredients that make the perfect mid.
TUKO.co.ke has picked out seven of the Premier Leagues greatest central midfielders with many of them are interchangeable and only differentiated by one or two unique abilities.
7. David Silva
To begin us off we have one of the English Premier Leagues most underrated mids.
Boasting over 50 goals and 77 assists in 257 league games, Silva is something else.
David Silva is currently not only one of the best in the EPL but he could be arguably the best current midfielder in the Premier League in terms of results.
We saw what the Frenchman was capable of at the Russia World Cup.
Kante is a player any manager would love to have on his team.
Perfect work ethic, stamina and fighting spirit necessary to win you titles.
His personality is one that exudes confidence in his presence and is always a player who you can count on when the going gets tough.
5. Patrick Vieira
Vieira was the ideal combination of skill and physicality.
He was instrumental to Arsenal's success and it is no wonder the team had its worst years when the ex-Gunners captain left.
"On his day when he was driving Arsenal on with his sheer force of his personality, he was unstoppable," Roy Keane once said when asked about his midfield nemesis.
4. Frank Lampard
Lampard was a player unlike any other.
By either fortune, or just pure brilliance, Lampard was always there when and where Chelsea needed him.
Talk about a man who knew all about being at the right place at the right time.
He was always at the end of finely delivered crosses and a master poacher in the penalty area.
And when Lampard wasn't doing that; he was hammering thunderous shots from way deep, shattering goalkeepers hearts.
3. Paul Scholes
This united legend could do everything and more in the midfield.
His accuracy was alien at best and his hawk eyed vision to anticipate plays and float the ball majestically your way was phenomenal.
The only area of concern when it came to Scholes was his tackling.
The Englishman had more bookings than a library.
2. Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard also known as Captain fantastic, was detrimental to Liverpool's success and played a huge role in bringing Champions League glory back to Anfield.
His infectious personality and outstanding bravado always gave the team that X factor that made the difference in the will to win.
He was truly a man who knew how to get down and handle the midfield business.
1. Roy Keane
Roy Keane was nothing short than a monster in the midfield.
Any opponent facing Keane would scamper for safety once the fiery Irishman was turned up for a game.
He won games bey sheer will, force and insane determination.
Keane was relentless and could never seem to accept defeat, but instead would fight tooth and nail for his team.
Briefly.co.za learned that His efficiency produced fantastic results for Manchester United in his prime.
And though he may not be the fastest or most catchy of them out there, Keane stands at the podium undisputed because of his raw tenacity.
Of worthy mention are two central midfielders who stood out for the roles they played especially in the recently concluded 2018 World Cup.
Paul Pogba and Luka Modric were both exceptional, showed great skill and led their teams all the way to the final.
Pogba with his blend of skill and physicality, Modric with his deft touch - a dream combination for any manager.
Discipline, commitment, motivation and a natural sense of leadership helped them power their teams through some acid tests.
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