The central defensive midfielder has been an eternally useful player but, in the game at present, is something of an en vogue position.
These players in question must possess both defensive and attacking attributes, as he is expected to be the third defender at times and also be able to pick out passes while going forward and make a contribution in the opposition penalty area.
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The Premier League has been graced by some of the best CDMs ever in the form of Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Claude Makelele and Yaya Toure, all of whom, at their respective peaks, possessed in abundance the attributes required to be hugely successful in the position.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and many other clubs around the world are now are vying for a handful of CDMs who will bring a sense of balance and stability to their respective lineups.
These are the most sought after CDMs in the world today; and every one of them could be playing for a different team come this summer...
1. Paul Pogba - Juventus
Manchester United have been left ruing their decision to let Pogba go on a free transfer, with the youngster having blossomed into arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world.
His style of play has been compared to Yaya Toure, who is similar in build and is a towering presence in the midfield. He could become the most expensive transfer ever as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea reportedly pursue a deal.
2. Arturo Vidal - Juventus
Arturo Vidal, just like his Juventus team mate Paul Pogba, is a player who likes to boss the midfield. He is comfortable in possession and also has a penchant for scoring goals.
Vidal’s strength in possession is one of his vital attributes, and allows him to dominate in defence and attack. A recent injury crisis saw a move to the Premier League stall, but the Chilean has clearly put it behind him as shown by his performances for Juventus. A move to one of the big clubs in the world is certainly on the cards.
3. Kevin Strootman - AS Roma
The Dutchman continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, where his former national team coach and mentor Louis van Gaal is in charge. Van gaal is said to be a fan of his all action style football, which has been a primary reason for his rise.
He suffered a nasty injury which saw him miss the World Cup and he was only able to return for Roma in November. Manchester United and many other clubs around the world will look sign this talented player should he be able to adequately overcome his knee problems.
4. Morgan Schneiderlin - Southampton
The Frenchman has quietly become the most successful tackler in the Premier League in this season, and has developed into one of the best and most consistent performers in his position.
Schneiderlin has been one of the key reason's for Southampton’s excellent season so far and, although he may not be the most prolific goalscorer, his ability to pick a pass in the midfield and defend set pieces are qualities to be admired.
He continues to be linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.
5. Lars Bender - Bayer Leverkusen
Bender has produced consistent performances for Bayer Leverkusen over the last couple of seasons, enabling himself to establish a regular place in the Germany squad that won the World Cup.
He is known as a good tackler and and is calmness personified in front of the defence. His performances have been the driving force behind Bayern Leverkusen’s good defensive record in the Bundesliga.
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