The 2020/2021 football season has almost reached the halfway point and we have already witnessed some exhilarating performances across the five major European Leagues. A couple of midfield displays have been especially noteworthy.

The magicians, creative geniuses, and conductors we otherwise call midfielders have graced our various viewing screens and stadiums with their gifts this term.

Here are the 5 best midfield performers in the ongoing 2020/2021 season.

1. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian Magician has continued to justify his claim to the title as one of the best midfielders in the world. The Manchester City midfielder hasn’t missed a beat despite the stop-start schedule of the League this season. De Bruyne has amassed a monstrous number of assists in all competitions this season. Twenty of which came in the English Premier League added to his league goals scored so far in this league campaign. The City man broke the all-time EPL record of assists (20) in a season set by Arsenal FC Legend Thierry Henry.

The 29-year-old has continued to be at the heart of City’s creative engine providing 7

8 assists in 13 games in the Premier League. If Pep Guardiola’s men are to have a hope of winning anything this season De Bruyne would need to continue to perform at his optimal level.

What makes Kevin de Bruyne the best midfielder in the world is his incredible technique, tactical intelligence, athleticism, work-rate off the ball, skill, vision, crossing accuracy, a wide range of passing, and exceptional long-range shooting ability with either foot.

2. Hakan Çalhanoğlu – AC Milan

Hakan Calhanoglu

The 25-year-old Turkish international is so far having an inspired campaign. The AC Milan has so far notched 7 assists in 14 games helping the Rossoneri continue their resurgence as they gun for their first Scudetto title in 10 years. Hakan Çalhanoğlu is an excellent passer, dribbler, playmaker, and set-piece taker. He has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world.

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3. Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich

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Joshua Kimmich also plays at right-back for Bayern Munich, but when he plays in the midfield, he’s undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world.

The Bayern Munich midfield enforcer is having another good season. Despite missing almost half of Bayern’s league matches in the ongoing campaign the German international has already racked up 5 assists in 7 matches helping the defending Bundesliga Champions top the league table. The 25-year-old has also registered a single goal each in the League and the UEFA Champions League.

 

4. Jack Grealish – Aston Villa

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Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish’s performances have not gone unnoticed this season. The English international has been at the heart of Villa’s impressive season. Although, he can also play as a winger, Grealish is capable of pulling the strings in the midfield. He has recorded 5 goals and 7 assists so far this season in the Premier League. His ability to ghost past players, drive forward and create goalscoring chances makes Grealish one of the top midfielders right now.

 

5. Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes

Portuguese playmaker Fernandes has come into his own this season with exceptional displays this season for Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United FC. His impressive showings, especially in the premier league this season, have caught the eye since he joined the Red Devils this January.

Bruno has followed up his impressive debut season with United last term by flying out of the blocks this season scoring 10 goals and providing 7 assists in 15 English Premier League matches. The best return so far of any midfielder across the top 5 European leagues. Fernandes was also a standout in Man United’s ill-fated UEFA Champions League Campaign as he finished as one of the Red Devil’s highest goal scorers with 4 goals despite their exit from the group stage. With a good chunk of the season yet to be played the Portuguese international will be hoping to power the Manchester giants to some silverware this season.

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Frenkie De Jong – Barcelona
  • Marco Veratti – PSG
  • Houssem Aouar – Lyon
  • Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City
  • Eduardo Camavinga – Rennes
  • Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
  • Santi Cazorla – Al Sadd
  • Pedri – Barcelona
  • Dani Parejo – Villarreal
  • Marco Llorente – Athletico Madrid
  • Ever Banega – Sevilla

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