Who were the best midfielders from the World Cup group stage? Featuring Oscar and Hazard

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Two current Chelsea stars and a high profile Manchester United target feature.

The midfielders are arguably the most important players in any side for their versatility in defence and attack.

Midfielders dictate the pace and tempo of a team’s play, commonly covering more ground over the course of a match meaning they have to put in a high work rate in every game.

The World Cup group stage saw some outstanding midfield performances and we’ve decided to take a look at the best performers in key areas.


Arjen Robben Netherlands MF 3 3 270
James Rodríguez Colombia MF 3 3 225
Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland MF 3 3 267
André Ayew Ghana MF 2 3 261
Ivan Perisic Croatia MF 2 3 258

Manchester United transfer target Arjen Robben is among the players who lead the way in terms of goals. Liverpool will be interested to see Xherdan Shaqiri on this list in light of the fact they’ll have Luis Suarez unavailable for a significant chunk of next season.


  CountryPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Colombia MF 3 3 225
Eden Hazard Belgium MF 2 3 182
Oscar Brazil MF 2 3 264
James Rodríguez Colombia MF 2 3 225
Graham Zusi USA MF 2 3 186

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will have a big grin on his face as two of his players appear in this section. Accumulatively, Eden Hazard and Oscar produced more assists than Colombia’s Cuadrado at the top and they should be looking to carry that momentum into next season.

Tackles Won

  CountryPosWon TackleAppsMins
Oscar Brazil MF 15 3 264
Javier Mascherano Argentina MF 13 3 270
Christian Noboa Ecuador MF 13 3 269
Andranik Teymourian Iran MF 11 3 270
Giannis Maniatis Greece MF 10 3 270

Chelsea boss Mourinho will also be pleased to see Oscar at the top of the tackles won list for the group games. He urged his midfielders to work hard defensively last season, something which ultimately lead to the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United, and the tackling side of Oscar’s game seems to be developing well.

Successful Dribbles

  CountryPosWon ContestAppsMins
Ángel Di María Argentina MF 14 3 269
Eden Hazard Belgium MF 13 3 182
Miralem Pjanic Bosnia and Herzegovina MF 13 3 270
Yaya Touré Côte d'Ivoire MF 12 3 270
Arjen Robben Netherlands MF 10 3 270

Arsenal target Angel Di Maria tops this list, but Eden Hazard appears once again. There’s little to separate the best performers in this group and it will also be pleasing for Manchester City fans to see Yaya Toure in this section, if he’s still their player by the start of next season.

Accurate Passes

  CountryPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Toni Kroos Germany MF 270 3 270
Javier Mascherano Argentina MF 262 3 270
Philipp Lahm Germany MF 259 3 270
Andrea Pirlo Italy MF 250 3 270
Fernando Gago Argentina MF 228 3 225

It would be remarkable if Pep Guardiola didn’t put up a huge fight to stop Toni Kroos leaving Bayern Munich. The Manchester United linked midfielder was precise with his passing throughout the group stage, which is a tribute to how well he protects possession.

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