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Top five: Premier League box-to-box midfielders

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Gerrard & Lampard are two of the best EPL midfielders. (©GettyImages)
Gerrard & Lampard are two of the best EPL midfielders. (©GettyImages).

With the number of goalscoring midfielders on the rise in the Premier League, here's a look at five of the best box-to-box midfielders.

5) Maroune Fellaini | Everton 

After having signed for Everton in 2008, the Belgian has finally announced himself to the Premier League in a grand way.

Fellaini has been immense this season from the start, having scored in the opening fixture against Manchester United, he has never looked back since then.

He has scored 11 goals in the Premier League this season which by no means is an easy feat to achieve and has been invaluable in Everton's fine run in this season. 

Fellaini has been what you call a complete midfielder this season, dominant in the defence, and strong in the attack, any club which signs him eventually will be lucky to have him.

4) Jack Wilshere | Arsenal

In Jack Wilshere, we have ourselves one of the best young talents in the Premier League.

Having announced himself to the world by winning the man of the match award against Barcelona, he was destined for greatness. And till now, he has lived up to his reputation, putting in his best week in week out for his team.

Wilshere can defend, he can attack, he can play beautiful through balls, he might not be the most biggest of players, but it certainly does not matter in his case.

Sometimes he drives the whole Arsenal team forward with his busting runs. At the the age of 21, there's still a long way to go for Wilshere.

3) Steven Gerrard | Liverpool

At the age of 32, Steven Gerrard is still going strong and giving it all for his team at the moment.

He is one of the most complete and talented midfielders that the EPL and even the world will ever see. Perhaps his best days are behind him, Gerrard can still defend and score goals from long ranges.

One can only imagine why Gerrard chose to stay at Liverpool and not leave for Chelsea and Real Madrid when they came calling. Maybe Liverpool have not won many trophies in recent years, but without him Liverpool would have been in the bottom half of the league.

It was his sole determination and leadership which pulled Liverpool from 3-0 down to win the Champions League against Milan.

He is set piece expert and constantly makes runs forwards, maybe not many now, but still he's the last man you would leave free in the box, or maybe even anywhere on the pitch.

2) Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Frank Lampard is one of the most gifted box to box midfielders the world will ever see. He has killer passes, lethal shots and an eye for a goal, all combined.

At the age of 34, many believed that Lampard is a little to old to play for Chelsea, but he has put all doubts to rest, scoring 11 goals in the Premier League in only a few matches that he has started.

Like Gerrard, one does not simply give any free space to Lampard. He is best known for his trademark runs where he pops up in the box out of nowhere and scores goals for fun.

In the 2009/10 season, Lampard scored an astonishing 22 goals in the Premier League, which by a midfielder's view is pretty impressive. If he does leave Chelsea, there will be a host of clubs who will look to sign him for a large fee.

If I was writing this article 4-5 years ago, It would have been a tough competition between Lampard and Gerrard, but now since they are past their prime, neither of them gets the top spot.

1) Yaya Toure | Manchester City

Signed from Barcelona in 2010, Toure has been Manchester City's best investment.

He is strong, powerful, and once he starts to run, it is very tough for anyone to get it off his feet. He virtually carries City's whole attack with him sometimes.

Without him City don't look the same. He brings in stability and everyone relies on him. Toure has been named African Player Of the Year for two years now, and he has every right to get it.

It is safe to say that he is the best box to box, or in that matter, the best midfielder in the Premier League currently, he hardly makes any mistakes and is a pretty good defender too.

 

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