Ronaldo, Gerrard, no Scholes: Jack Grealish named PL's 10 greatest midfielders in 2020

Jack Grealish and David Silva

Jack Grealish has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the past few years.

After excelling for Aston Villa in the 2020/21 season, Manchester City decided to shell out £100m for the services of the Englishman last summer.

Grealish didn’t have the best of first campaigns at City. He only scored three goals and recorded three assists in 26 Premier League matches in 2021/22.

Nevertheless, despite his underwhelming season, Grealish remains one of the most talented midfielders in England’s top tier.

Born in 1995, Grealish has watched countless legendary midfielders plying their trade in the Premier League.

But who does he think is the best of the best?

Back in 2020, Grealish was asked to rank the 10 greatest midfielders in Premier League history.

There were a few massive omissions from his top 10…

10. David Silva

“I think he’s probably one of the best Spaniards to play in the Premier League. Out of all the shirts I’ve got at home, he’s probably one of the best. He’s so technically good, so technically gifted and his record of the number of trophies he’s won speaks for itself.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 25: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa goes past David Silva of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

9. Patrick Vieira

“So successful in the Premier League and was in that Invincible side at Arsenal and he played a major part in that. He’s one that I wouldn’t like to be going up against when he’s at his best.”

8. Gareth Bale

“I know he’s classed as a forward but when he was in the Premier League he was more of a left-back and then left midfielder.”

Gareth Bale in action for Tottenham
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on May 23, 2021 in Leicester, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Mike Egerton – Pool/Getty Images)

7. Cesc Fabregas

“He’s one of a few players who have got over 100 assists in the Premier League. When he first came through at Arsenal he was one of the most talked about youngsters on the planet. When he was at Chelsea, he was more of a holder and his passing range was unbelievable.”

6. Yaya Toure

“I played against Yaya on my debut for Villa. We were 2-0 down at the time and we ended up losing 4-0. I’ve got a photo of him running past me and he ran past the whole team and ended up scoring. That season he was unbelievable.”

Yaya Toure in action for Manchester City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Yaya Toure of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

5. Frank Lampard

“The all-time top goalscoring midfielder in the Premier League. I always ask JT (John Terry) at Villa about him to get little ideas that can improve my game that Lampard had. JT said he used to just be on the training ground every day practising his shooting which is why he probably scored so many goals.”

4. Ryan Giggs

“I think he’s got the most assists in the Premier League so that’s why he’s at No.4.”

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3. Kevin De Bruyne

“My favourite player in the world at the moment. Until you play against him, you don’t realise how good he is. He just has so many talents. One thing I can say is that everything he does is different. Sometimes he’ll get it and take a few touches, sometimes he’ll get it and cross it straight away, other times he’ll just pass it off first time. People don’t give him credit for how fit and how fast he is.”

2. Steven Gerrard

“Him and JT are the two best captains in the Premier League. He scored so many banging goals and I think in the prime of his career he had everything.”

Steven Gerrard in action for Liverpool
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool thanks the support after the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James’ Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

“I know he’s gone on to be a striker but when he was in the Premier League, he was a midfielder. It’s a toss-up between him and Messi to be the best player in the world. His goal record in the Premier League was just scary.”

Interestingly, Grealish left out Man United legends Roy Keane and Paul Scholes from his top 10.

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