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Miralem Pjanic the best midfielder in Europe?

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Rising Bosnian star Miralem Pjanic plays his football for Serie A giants Roma. Pjanic started his career playing for Metz and then was sold to Lyon in 2008. While at Lyon, the versatile midfielder helped the French outfit finish second in Ligue 1 in the 2009/2010 season.

Switch to Roma

Shortly after, Pjanic caught the eye of Roma, who bought him in 2011. Since moving to Roma, Pjanic has received high praise from football critics everywhere.

Last season, the Bosnian was Roma’s star player in what was a stellar season as the Italian club finished second in Serie A. The 24-year-old has displayed his vast array of midfield skills throughout the season and in the World Cup with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pjanic’s immense passing ability can be made evident by a number of statistics.

Serie A

Pass Success Percentage – 88.9%

Assists – 6

Key Passes – 73 (2.1 per match)

World Cup

Pass Success – 88.4%

Assists – 1

Key Passes – 12 (most in the tournament)

Although he may not have had the most assists in the Serie A or a fruitful World Cup, Pjanic was still essential as he operated both Roma and Bosnia’s midfields. In the Serie A, Pjanic finished the season with 73 key passes and a near perfect pass percentage of 88.9%.

Similarly, Pjanic put up amazing numbers in the World Cup. He current leads the tournament in key passes, with 12 to his name. Pjanic has beaten many of his counterparts in this category despite only playing three matches, as Bosnia did not progress to the knockout phase of the competition.

Eye for goal

Apart from his passing ability, Pjanic also has a knack for goal. He scored six in the Serie A and one in the World Cup. In addition, the Bosnian is an excellent set piece taker and also an able dribbler.

Pjanic does, however, lack in ability in when it comes to physical side of the game. He is sometimes criticised for his inability to win aerial duels and tendency to lose his temper.

All in all, Pjanic has proved that he is one of the most gifted midfield talents in Europe. All eyes will be on him in the upcoming season, as he and Roma will compete in the Champions League.

The big English, Spanish, and German clubs will watch closely to see if Pjanic can replicate his Serie A form against more formidable teams in the Champions League. If he can, could he get a move to an even bigger club?

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