Bianchi, Hogg or Semedo – Who was Yorkshire’s best central midfielder this weekend?

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This weekend we take a look at which central midfielder from Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday shone most.

In an action-packed Championship weekend which consisted of goals, penalty misses and red cards, we see which Yorkshire central midfielder came out on top.

Our nominees for this weekend are Leeds United star Tommaso Bianchi, Huddersfield Town’s Jonathan Hogg and Sheffield Wednesday rock Jose Semedo.

  PositionTeamWon TackleInterception WonEffective ClearancePass CompletionBall RecoveryAppearancesMins Played
Tommaso Bianchi MF Leeds 2 0 3 88% 2 1 85
Jonathan Hogg MF Huddersfield 2 1 0 87% 6 1 85
Josè Semedo DF Sheff Wed 2 0 1 81% 4 1 75

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, each midfielder excelled in different areas and all had a say in how their team performed this weekend.

Leeds United’s summer signing from Sassuolo, Tommaso Bianchi, had a solid game for the Whites despite his side tumbling to a 2-0 defeat at Brentford.

The 25-year-old made two tackles, three interceptions and two ball recoveries in the middle of the park, but his most impressive stat was his distribution.

Having accustomed to the Italian style, Bianchi showed excellent technique and vision as he maintained an 88% pass completion rate.

New Leeds boss Darko Milanic will be hoping that Bianchi can show further displays in the future as the Elland Road outfit look to get the best out of the versatile former U20 Italian international.

Verdict: 7.0

Another Yorkshire midfielder to taste defeat at the weekend was Sheffield Wednesday star Jose Semedo as the Owls were downed 2-1 in Cardiff.

The former Portuguese U21 international had a fairly solid game nonetheless, winning two tackles and recording four ball recoveries.

Containing the likes of Peter Whittingham and Aron Gunnarsson is no easy task yet Semedo showed courage and ability at times both on and off the ball.

Despite a difficult afternoon, the midfielder completed 81% of his intended passes and he can head back to Yorkshire in a positive frame of mind.

Verdict: 6.5

The final central midfielder to make the list is Huddersfield Town man Jonathan Hogg after the 25-year-old helped the Terriers to a 2-1 win over Millwall.

The 25-year-old protected his defence well throughout, making two tackles, one interception and an impressive six ball recoveries – bettering his Yorkshire rivals.

On the ball, he was a calm influence for Chris Powell’s side as he completed 87% of his intended passes before leaving the field to gratitude from the Huddersfield faithful give minutes from time.

Verdict 7.5

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