Top Five Midfielders Of All Time In Premier League
5. Cesc Fabregas
Cesc was such a talent in his young years that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had to go to Spain himself and convince his parents to join London side at the age of 16. For a young spaniard he integrated very fast into the team and spent seven seasons in the club, while assisting 70 and scoring 35 goals in EPL.
In the summer of 2011 Cesc transferred to Barcelona, but it didn’t go well. But he fully rehabilitated himself by getting back to the Premier League and helping Chelsea win two EPL titles. Now he found himself in Monaco, where he keeps on showing his magic passes. Since he hasn’t finished his career, as an article about transfer rumors on bookmaker-ratings.com assumes, his next club might be in Qatar.
Fabregas broke many records, the most important one is having second top assists in Premier League history with 111 passes in 350 appearances. There’s only Ryan Giggs up top with 167, but his number of appearances is much bigger, 632.
4. David Silva
David Silva is a perfect definition of “spanish midfielder”: he scores, he has an excellent technique and vision, his passes always reached the target. Before becoming the key player in Pep Guardiola super-squad he pulled the strings in midfield in Spanish national team and Valencia, where he started his career in 2004.
Silva joined Manchester City as a winner of Euro 2008 and helped manager in building his dream-team, while becoming title contenders first season. On the next year David became top assist provider, which gave City a huge boost in the title race and winning the Premier League for the first time in 44 years.
In the next ten years in the club Silva won 3 more PL titles, 5 League Cups, and 2 FA Cups in Pep Guardiola squad. His contribution to these titles wasn’t limited to controlling the tempo, because he scored 60 goals and made 93 assists himself. Man City chairman decided to immortalize Silva’s name in the club’s history by putting his statue right in front of Etihad Stadium.
3. Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes is an interesting one. On the contrary to Silva, who came to EPL top team as a complete player, Paul had to climb the ranks under Sir Alex Ferguson as a graduate of legendary “Class of 92” youth team alongside Beckham, Butt, Nevill and such.
He played in 499 Premier League games in which Paul scored 107 goals and made 55 assists. Scholes through his career became the most decorated English player with 11 EPL titles, 3 FA Cups and even 2 Champions League Cups with Manchester United.
2. Steven Gerrard
While his 17 years in Liverpool didn’t bring domestic success it gave him much more: limitless fans love. For staying with the club despite an excessively seductive deal from Chelsea. For “Miracle Of Istanbul”. For being Steven Gerrard on the pitch and off the pitch.
The Englishman could do everything on the field, strong and intelligent, quite fast, with powerful shot from any distance, which he loved to use in cup finals. In total Gerrard played in 504 Premier League games, scored 120 goals and assisted 92 more. He helped Liverpool win 3 League Cups, 2 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 Champions League Cup.
1. Frank Lampard
After Abramovich took over Chelsea he started splashing big bucks on the club. First Ranieri, then Mourinho bought new players every year. Two veterans, who stayed year after year, were Terry and Lampard.
Frank brought so much to the club as a box-to-box midfielder who scored goals, had technique, passed quite well for long and short distance. In total he appeared in 609 English Premier League Games, assisted 102 times and scored 177 goals. He is one of the top goalscorers in EPL history despite the position.
Lampard has won 4 FA Cups, 3 EPL titles, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 Champions League Cup. An outstanding collection for an outstanding player.