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Premier League: Top five midfielders from 2012/13

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With the 2013/2014 season kicking off next week, we take a look at five playmakers that blew fans away with their creativity, class and finishing for their respective clubs.

5. Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

The Ivorian was inspirational to City's Premier League finish last season, being key to landing them as runners up. Since joining the Manchester outfit from Barcelona, he has proven to be one of the most influential players in the League. 

Joining England to play in the same league as his brother Kolo, he has scored 28 goals for City in his three seasons with the club as well as a host of assists. He certainly fits his extremely high wage bill and we hope to see more from him next season.

4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Hazard has been an integral part of Chelsea's squad last season. The Belgian had some great moments on the field and under the supervision of Jose Mourinho, it is likely we will see the 21-year-old flourish even more. 

Netting 13 goals for the Blues last season, Hazard has been a player to watch and has even been described as the 'little Messi' because of his pace and his versatile dribbling, which allows him to easily get past players. It is no wonder that he is the highest paid midfielder in the Premier League.

3. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The Spaniard has been a midfield magician for arsenal last season and has probably been Arsenal's best summer signing since Thomas Vermaeleen.

Cazorla, 28, featured in every League game for his debut season in an Arsenal shirt and scored 12 goals for his side. 

His clever movement in-between players and high work rate has helped him provide some high-class performances for the north London club.

We have yet to see Cazorla grow with Arsenal, and it seems as though he can only improve with the coming seasons.

2. Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Another Spaniard on the list, Juan Mata was Chelsea's best player in the season past and it seems as though the Midfielder will never stop impressing. His creativity on the field matched with his sublime footwork and exceptional finishing makes him the perfect attacking midfielder for Chelsea's squad. 

He netted 20 goals for the London club last season, and his continuously improving form since joining Chelsea in 2011 is only likely to add to his performances next season.

1. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Welshman was on a level of his own last season and it seemed as though he could find the net from absolutely anywhere. His finishes were sublime and left many fans in awe whenever he struck the ball. 

His incredible form is what has led to Real Madrid chasing for his signature and  being willing to spend a huge amount of cash to secure the players signature. He scored 26 goals for Spurs last season, which is an incredible number for a midfielder. 

His pace, power and finishing is world-class and should the midfield ace choose to remain with Spurs, he will be looking to carry on his fine form form the 2012/13 season into the new campaign.

 

Who would you pick in your top five? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

 

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