Who were the best midfielders last season? Toure, Gerrard and more

Yaya Toure

Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United stars all feature.

The Premier League is graced to have some world class midfielders performing on a weekly basis.

It’s fitting that the Premier League title went to a side that houses David Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure among others but Manchester City aren’t the limit when it comes to stars who played well in the middle of their teams last season.

Here are the best players across five key statistical areas.

Goals

  ClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Yaya Touré Man City MF 20 35 2,927
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 14 35 2,895
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 34 2,900
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 10 23 1,764
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 9 38 3,100

Yaya Toure produced the magical 20 goal mark, which means you’ve had a very decent season as a midfielder if you’ve hit that figure. Once he gets up to full speed there is simply no stopping this machine of a player.

Assists

  ClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 34 2,900
David Silva Man City MF 9 27 2,173
Yaya Touré Man City MF 9 35 2,927
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 9 26 2,149
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 8 31 2,597

Midfielders who can create can be just as important as those who score and it’s extremely significant that Steven Gerrard is at the top of this list. He may not have won the league, but Gerrard has been an example of how a modern midfielder should play.

Tackles

  ClubPosTotal TackleAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 133 38 3,389
Steve Sidwell Fulham MF 121 38 3,233
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 113 33 2,766
James McCarthy Everton MF 112 34 2,856
Mark Noble West Ham MF 111 38 3,343

Midfielders who can break up the opposition play are just as important as those who create and score goals. Mile Jedinak deserves a big mention because he’s leapt to the top of this list thanks to his second half of the season performances, coinciding with Palace’s turnaround in form.

Interceptions

  ClubPosInterception WonAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 139 38 3,389
Youssuf Mulumbu West Brom MF 115 37 3,079
Michael Carrick Man Utd MF 80 29 2,413
Steve Sidwell Fulham MF 79 38 3,233
Tom Huddlestone Hull MF 74 36 3,144

Jedinak has also proven to be the most intelligent player in the league in terms of interceptions. Michael Carrick also deserves a mention because he’s been a consistent performer for Manchester United in an otherwise extremely disappointing campaign for the club.

Passing

  ClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Yaya Touré Man City MF 2,255 35 2,927
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 1,982 31 2,407
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 1,908 34 2,900
Gareth Barry Man City MF 1,871 32 2,849
Cheick Tioté Newcastle MF 1,824 33 2,764

Toure was more accurate in terms of passing than any other player last season. He not only protected the ball well in defence, but used possession effectively to help Manchester City maintain pressure over their opponents.

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