The role of a holding midfielder is often understated.
To succeed in this area, positional discipline and effective reading of play are two key qualities required.
Often central to the success of a side, the holding midfielder does not often receive the same respect and fanfare saved for those in attacking positions.
But the talent in this position is clear to see, highlighted in our top ten rankings below.
Zakaria is in high demand this summer
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10: Denis Zakaria- Borussia Monchengladbach
The Swiss international has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs courtesy of his impressive displays in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
Zakaria averaged 2.1 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game in the Bundesliga last term, alongside 2.0 successful dribbles and 38 passes with an 86.7% success rate.
Footballing icon Lothar Matthaus delivered a glowing review of the 24-year-old, stating: ” I’m glad that Gladbach have found another pearl. At his age, I was earning my first stripes for Borussia. He reminds me of Toni Kroos at that age.”
9: Wilfred Ndidi- Leicester City
It’s no coincidence that Leicester City’s continued rise has occurred with Ndidi at the club.
The Nigerian midfielder has established himself as one of the best in this position since arriving in the Premier League from Genk in 2017.
A trusted figure in Brendan Rodgers’ side, Ndidi has proved invaluable for the Foxes and a key component of their success.
8: Sergio Busquets- Barcelona
At 32 years of age, Serio Busquets is approaching the latter stages of his career.
The influence of Busquets on Barcelona has been profound, resulting in their great success as a club in the last decade.
Busquets’ durability has been one of his key assets, having featured in 30 plus La Liga matches for seven consecutive campaigns.
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