The 50 best midfielders in Premier League history

One of the oldest footballing clichés – ‘the game will be won and lost in midfield’ – may grate on the ears every time overpaid pundits, who seem to know less than you, utter the words as if they are wise with the wisdom of a, well, wise man. Annoying.

A cliché, but it so often rings true. Even more annoying.

The sheer amount of stellar Premier League midfielders over the years is quite simply astounding. Where strikers often take the plaudits in securing a crucial win for their side, cast your mind back to the number of times a huge tie has been won and lost on the performance of your star midfielders.

A funny breed, those who opt to ply their trade in the engine room. There are so many different types it’s almost tempting to see if David Attenborough fancies conducting some sort of study on their differences.

Defensive, holding, deep-lying, wingers, box-to-box, the list is almost endless!

Here’s a look at the FIFTY best midfielders to ever play in the Premier League…