A study by boffins at the Football Observatory of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Switzerland, have drawn up a shortlist of the top 10 offensive midfielders in Europe this season.
With the use of official Opta statistics, research was conducted to analyse the performance of every player in the top five European Leagues — England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
Taking into account 'Key Performance Indicators' across six different categories - shooting, chance creation, take on, distribution, recovery and rigour - the results make for bleak reading for fans of the English game, with only one Premier League star featuring on the top 10 list.
La Liga is the best represented domestic division, with three players - two from Barcelona, one from Atletico Madrid - making the cut, though it might come as a surprise that not a single player from Real Madrid is present, given Carlo Ancelotti's array of attacking midfield options at the Bernabeu.
AS Monaco and Bayern Munich offer two players each from Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, while Inter Milan and AS Roma contribute those flying the flag for Serie 'A', in this conclusive breakdown of results that proves the most in-form forwards on the continent in 2013/14.
To qualify, players must have featured in at least 66 per cent of their team's league matches this season - hence why there is no place for Gareth Bale - so bear that in mind when casting your eye over the shortlist.
For a full breakdown of Europe's leading attacking midfield stars, click through the tabs - above or below - and share your thoughts on any surprise inclusions or omissions in the comment box provided!
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