Best Defensive Midfielders In The Premier League This Season

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7. Thomas Partey – Arsenal

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Despite being 30 years old, Thomas Partey continues to be one of the most formidable defensive midfielders in the Premier League. He had an outstanding season for Arsenal last year. However, with the arrival of a certain English player this summer, the former Atletico Madrid man has been deployed as a right-back, which is likely to reduce his involvement in the defensive midfield role in the future.

This ranking reflects his current position and role, and he could have easily been higher up the list if he continued to play in the position where he clearly excels.

6. Enzo Fernandez – Chelsea

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Despite arriving in England just in January, Enzo Fernandez has already demonstrated that he is one of the most promising and impressive defensive midfielders in the country. When he was signed, he held the record as the most expensive purchase in Premier League history, and he did a commendable job justifying Chelsea’s significant investment.

While last season was a major disappointment for the Blues, Fernandez stood out as a rare positive presence for the club, swiftly establishing himself as one of England’s top defensive midfielders. Although he may no longer hold the title of the most expensive Premier League transfer, his future looks exceptionally bright.

Renowned for his blend of creative flair and solid defensive skills, it is quite possible that he will ascend rapidly in this ranking as the years go by and he continues to develop at Stamford Bridge.

5. Moises Caicedo – Chelsea

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While Enzo Fernandez initially held the title of the most expensive Premier League signing ever, that record was surpassed by his new teammate, Caicedo, when he joined Chelsea from Brighton this summer.

Despite having just one season of experience in England’s top flight, the 21-year-old made a significant impact in the league last season, playing a crucial role in Brighton achieving their highest-ever finish.

Liverpool and Chelsea both recognized his impressive form with the Seagulls and engaged in a bidding war for his services, underscoring his exceptional talent. Chelsea ultimately secured his signature, and although he may not have had the smoothest start under Mauricio Pochettino, his potential is evident to all.

It appears inevitable that he will evolve into a major asset for Chelsea in the years to come, and if he continues to perform at even a fraction of the level he displayed for Brighton, he will have no trouble maintaining his position among the top 10 best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.

4. Bruno Guimaraes – Newcastle United

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When you analyze Newcastle’s takeover and the swift transformation of the club, many point to Kieran Trippier’s arrival as the spark that ignited the change. However, it’s essential not to overlook the significance of Bruno Guimaraes’ move to St James’ Park, which was equally pivotal.

The Brazilian midfielder has thrived since his arrival in England, seamlessly integrating into the Magpies’ system. He quickly established himself as one of the most talented players in the country and undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s top defensive midfielders.

Under the guidance of Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s progression has been evident with each passing season, and as they make their return to the Champions League this campaign, Guimaraes is poised to play a monumental role in their continued success.

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