With European football's in vogue formation very much 4-5-1 or a similar but more expansive 4-3-3 formation the need for truly top class, versatile midfielders is more stark than ever.
Any team harbouring genuine trophy ambitions needs a modern midfielder willing to break forward and show a clinical streak, as displayed quite magnificently by Manchester City duo Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure in the Capital One Cup final last weekend.
With that in mind GMS has decided to scan Europe's top five leagues for the midfield maestros who have found the target consistently so far this season, with some surprising results.
Toure makes the cut, but who else has the strike rate to match their talent from midfield? Click ahead for the top 10 countdown of the most prolific midfielders on the continent.