Since its inception amid huge fanfare in 1992, the English Premier League has arguably grown into one of the world's most dominant footballing divisions.
One reason for this is the sheer number of talented midfielders who have plied their trade on these shores during the ensuing seasons.
Whether they are fancy no.10s delighting fans and pundits alike with fancy skills and sumptuous flicks or resolute and formidable defensively-minded warriors who fiercely patrol the area in front of the backline, the role of the midfield is crucial in any footballing side with positive aspirations.
This season in particular, the battles in midfield will be absolutely pivotal in deciding who comes out on top in what is sure to be a hugely exciting title race.
Here, GMS assesses the midfield options of the top-flight's biggest sides and ranks them in order of current form and overall strength.
Please feel free to comment on our choices or leave your own midfield rankings below...
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