Top 10 Defensive midfielders who named the Role after themselves in the epl

The most underlooked but significantly important unit of a team.

The unit that Shields the defense from unnecessary pressure and transitions the ball movement from defense to attack.

Popularly called the Defensive midfield/holding midfield position has been the bedrock of any team success, even though it has been an uncelebrated part of the team. it is important any team have a solid defensive midfielder that can be relied on.
We made a comprehensive research on the best 10 players that made the defensive midfield position theirs in the epl and even transformed the perspective in which fans see the position, lets ride together.

10. Idrissa Gueye

Known for his off-the-ball awareness, danger clearing ability and forward minded passes. Idrissa Gueye is regarded a legend amongst the Everton faithful's. Eventually he was sold to Psg for a fee if 30 million euros a bargain for man of his caliber, he has gone on to make a name for himself in the parc de prince and the also in the ligue 1.

During his time in the Premier League he got an overall tackle of 538 and an overwhelming success rate of 72% and got a total interception of 359.

9. Scott Parker

An iconic figure during his time with Tottenham Hotspur in which he won the Epl player of the month two times, one on February 2011 and the other on November 2011. A beast when it came to tackling as he got to rack up a tackle success rate of 76% and an overall tackle of 824.

His tackling poweress made the card an habit for him as he got to receive a total of 92 yellow cards and 5 red cards. He played a total of 368 games. A player that will always be remembered for reinventing the defensive midfielder role in the epl.

8. Fernandinho

"The Manchester city rock" he was heavily involved in the premier league title win in Guardiola second season as coach and also an important piece in the raiding of all available cup's in England the following season. It remains a debate on whether Yaya toure beats Fernandinho at the Defensive midfield spot but with his expliots and Yaya toure not being the classic defensive midfielder we all know "he played mostly as an attacking midfielder" he can safely be called the best defensive midfielder to play for Manchester City.

7. Carrick
Simply underrated during his prime. Known for his ball control quality, long range accurate passing.

6. Xabi alonso

One of the footballers who made the holding midfield his own, his ability to win the ball, hold the ball and pass the ball accurately was second to none, his exploits in the premier league even made Real Madrid pay a record fee for a defensive midfielder leaving the epl.

5. Mascherano

Iconic defensive No-nonsence defensive midfielder who made sure the opposition never did anything tangible with the ball, Ready to put himself on the line for the team.

4. Ngolo Kante


Following his title winning exploits with Leicester city and a dream debut with Chelsea the following season Ngolo Kante has gone on to cement his place as a legend for not only Chelsea but for the epl too. He main attributes are his untiring runs, swift tackles and Amazing ball distribution.

3. Gilberto Silva

Part of the Record breaking invincibles that shocked the Epl. Gilberto Silva is known for his off the ball awareness, passing ability and swift tackles. He is One of the best Holding midfielders to play in the epl.

2. Claude Makelele

Known for his sharp agressive tackles and speed in protecting the back three. A defensive midfielder that got his role named after him. Respected by strikers and wingers who performed outrageous skills Simply the best defensive midfielder to play for chelsea.

1. Roy Keane

There is no debate to Roy keane being the best defensive midfielder to play in the epl as he was instrumenal to the era of Manchester United dominance in the Epl. known for his non chalant attitude to the opposition with the ball, and his fast tackles that sealed the Manchester United backline from unnecessary threat, he can safely be Named the best dm to play for Manchester United and the epl.

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