Matic voted Premier League's best holding player in unofficial poll

Chelsea, Manchester United, Southampton, Manchester City and Arsenal stars all feature.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has been named as the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League in an unofficial poll from the Sun newspaper.

Matic is one of the most consistent players in Jose Mourinho’s team and someone who offers the Chelsea back four a great deal of protection in matches against higher and lower profile sides.

Matic is an extremely imposing figure in front of the Blues back four and he beat Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind into second place, with the Dutchman having made a big impression in the Premier League following his big money move from Ajax.

Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin came in at third with Manchester City’s Fernandinho fourth and Arsenal star Mikel Arteta voted fifth in the unofficial poll.

The holding player is one of the most important individuals in any side because of the freedom they give to their midfield colleagues as well as making the job of their defences easier.

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