Countdown: The five best Premier League defensive midfielders – agree?

In recent years the importance of a central-midfielder in the Premier League has escalated as the fast paced game continues to be the key to achieving success in England.

We may only be a handful of games into the season but already some key battlers in midfield have been pivotal to a number teams’ early success.

With the game constantly developing, players such as Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira were the key to the success at both Manchester United and Arsenal respectively in the late 1990’s.

Now in the modern game players in a central roles continue to provide the security to defences as many teams intend to build from the back.

After a number of hours debating, here’s is our shortlist of five of the league’s best defensive midfielders…

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