The Premier League is home to a variety of midfielders ranging in ability and effectiveness. 

Choosing a top five can prove difficult as there is a vast field of excellent players who all possess a very legitimate shout of being nominated for these five spots. 

My evidence for this ranking is based on their performance in the previous season (12/13) 

5. Philippe Coutinho 

Although Coutinho is young and inexperienced, he made an immediate effect on arrival to Liverpool from Inter Milan. 

He played infrequently last season due to his transfer occurring in January. 

Key attributes: He is a nimble and agile and possesses some of the best dribbling the Premier league can offer. 

His excellent stamina allows him to work very hard thus creating a very large amount of chances. 

His performance against Norwich City last season really defined the kind of player he is, permitting a fair amount of goal-scoring opportunity. However, his strength is a major downfall. Standing at only 5ft"6, Coutinho has regularly been muscled off the ball by immense players. 

Although, he counteracts this through his sensational balance complimented beautifully by his low centre of gravity which enables him to dodge opponents and burst away from them with his pace. He might not be the best just yet, but he is one to watch. 

4. Michael Carrick 

Carrick was undoubtedly one of the key players last season. His input includes making a hefty contribution which was vital in securing the Premier League title last season. 

Although he didn't regularly make direct assists (he only managed four assists) he was always involved in the build-play which lead to the goals.

His consistency has been second to none this season. 

Carrick does not only possess brilliant passing ability, but his mental capabilities are also very admirable. 

His determination, perseverance and vision have aided him in an excellent season. 

The only complaint one can make, is that he lacks in pace, therefore his play is more calm collected and composed, which may help his accuracy, but it doesn't help in catching the opposition off-guard as they have time to reposition and collect themselves. 

3. Frank Lampard 

Lampard, a true legend. Breaking Chelsea FC's all time scoring record as a midfielder (206 goals). His penalties and free-kicks mesmerising and a real treat to witness. 

Not only is he the only midfielder ever to reach double figures in his goal tally for 10 consecutive seasons, 'Super Frank' has enabled Chelsea to play wonderful and effective football with his accurate short and long passing, and his brilliant work rates and off-the-ball runs. 

The 34-year-old seems to be gaining age and his inclusion in the Chelsea squad is seemingly coming to an end, but Chelsea would be mad to omit him from their starting line-up despite his age. 

2. Steven Gerrard 

Gerrard, another English legend. The England number four and Liverpool number eight has enjoyed one long, majestic spell at Liverpool collecting all sorts of prestigious trophies (one being the Uefa Champions League).

It's hard to believe that he has never had the pleasure of obtaining a Premier League winners' medal. 

Liverpool have been on a drought of being champions since 1990. Gerrard's dribbling, longshots and crossing has frequently bailed Liverpool out of 'sticky situations' and he has long since accepted that age is just a number. 

The 33-year-old has been a vital player for Liverpool over the last decade and beyond. His performances have dipped in recent seasons, but he is still regarded as one of the best. 

1. Juan Mata & Santi Cazorla 

It was too difficult to call between these two Spanish wizards, so I to sit on the fence. 

Both these players are incredibly similar and have undoubtedly been their squads most effective and reliable players last season. 

Mata arrived from Valencia and made an instant impact on his debut against Norwich, hitting the net in added time. 

Since then he has blossomed as a Chelsea player. His pace vision, short passing and crosses are exemplary. 

He is surprisingly strong for someone of his size, but by no means considered strong. 

The Spaniard carried his club through most of the season, assisting 19 times. He also gelled beautifully with Eden Hazard and the partnership of the two is an exciting prospect for the future. 

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge but he rapidly quelled any suggestion of his departure. 

Cazorla, standing at just 5ft5", has made a very impressive start to his career at the Emirates. 

Having transferred from Malaga, many doubted his abilities, but he swiftly silenced any worries by making a very respectable impression with his consistency. 

He is nimble, agile and extremely good a dribbling. A particularly impressive aspect to his would be the curve he is able to produce while striking side-footed, manipulating the ball in order for it to reach his target. 

Both these Spaniards are relatively new to the Premier League and their arrival has sparked a new quality in the midfield. 

Worthy Mentions: Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, David Silva, Theo Walcott, Victor Moses.

Agree or disagree - tell me what you think?

 

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