Premier League power ranking: the 10 best midfielders of the 2021-22 season so far

Only seven games in the campaign so far and the league has seen the latest winners, returning stars and fan favorites to come.

As Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City climb to the top of the league, others are doing their best to keep pace, while at the bottom a relegation battle is already brewing.

Much of the applause pleased Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and their fellow attackers.

But what about those in the midfield engine room?

here Football Mirror ranks the top 10 elite midfielders based on the first two months of Premier League action.

Conor Gallagher has been one of Crystal Palace’s most notable players so far this season


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10. Conor Gallagher, Crystal Palace

The Chelsea player has entered Patrick Viera’s invigorated Crystal Palace squad. Literally.

Gallagher became known for his relentless energy and his constant pressure caused untold problems for opposing teams.

With two goals and an assist from the middle of the park already, he continues to impress.

Additionally, Gallagher won back-to-back Man of the Match awards in August, as well as back-to-back Player of the Month awards for Palace.

The Eagles have looked like a transformed team since last season under Vieira, and Gallagher’s contribution has made a huge difference.

9. Youri Tielemans, Leicester City

The 24-year-old quietly became one of the best midfielders in the league and has continued in this campaign.

Despite Leicester struggling around him, Tielemans is the beating heart of his team, often leading the game from the middle of the park.

Combined with teammate and destroyer Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester have one of the best midfield duos around.

Tielemans was instrumental in helping his side fight to some extent at Burnley, scoring Jamie Vardy’s goal with a superb pass.

Unfortunately for the Foxes, they didn’t have much else going for them in the early stages of the season, and they’ll need Tielemans’ form to continue if they are to move up the standings.

8. Abdoulaye Doucouré, Everton

Abdoulaye Doucoure gave the Manchester United midfielder a scorching time in their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford


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The 6-footer Frenchman has had an incredible start under new boss Rafael Benitez.

A resounding strike on Matchday 1 against Southampton set the tone, and his dynamic and powerful performances have set the pace for his game so far this campaign.

He dominated in a new, more advanced role and terrorized Manchester United in their 1-1 draw before the international break.

He intimidated the United midfielder and helped set Andros Townsend equalizer for the game.

With two goals and four assists already in the league, he’s been a big contributor to the end of business, beating his tally from last season, with more almost certain to come.

7. Mateo Kovacic, Chelsea

Kovacic’s importance to Chelsea was evident in their toughest game – and simultaneously their worst performance – of the season, where they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

The Blues struggled to find a way to get past the indomitable press of the defending champions, but Kovacic appeared to be the only player to keep his cool and help knit a play stint.

In a midfielder benefiting from the talents of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, Kovacic has become equally essential to Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea seek a challenge for the title.

Able to contribute to both sides of the game, Kovacic has no problem doing the dirty work as well as operating gracefully in the middle of the park.

Like many, the midfielder sees his career reinvigorated by the arrival of Tuchel and repays his manager in frequent dividends.

6. Rice Declan, West Ham

As the Euro 2020 Championship draws near this summer, you would have been forgiven for not putting Declan Rice at the forefront of the England squad.

But coming out of the tournament, he was one of many stars and continued that form into the new season for West Ham.

The West Ham Academy graduate is a dynamic runner, capable passer and reads the game better than most.

So much so that his performances are attracting more and more attention from the big guns in the Premier League, who want to keep him away from east London – something David Moyes will desperately try to avoid.

5. Mont Mason, Chelsea

Mason Mount has been a key figure in Chelsea’s emergence as title contenders

One player who will be more keen than most to partner with Rice is his childhood friend Mount, who himself has had a superb season so far.

The English ace has become a staple of a dominant Chelsea side, tying a virtually impenetrable defense with an unstoppable attack.

How good he has been is perhaps summed up by Chelsea’s performances in his absence recently.

The Blues play like they’re missing a crucial piece of their puzzle, but with Mount’s return to great form, one of the world’s best young midfielders will be back in action soon enough.

4. Curtis Jones, Liverpool

Liverpool are fairly well stocked in midfield, even despite the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum this summer.

But few would have predicted that it would be Jones who eclipsed the others and kept some of Liverpool’s household names.

The injuries gave the academy graduate his chance to work his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans, and he gripped it firmly with both hands.

An impressive performance in Europe against Porto was sandwiched between decent performances in draws with Brentford and Man City.

And with some big games to come, the 20-year-old looks set to keep his place as Liverpool battle to reclaim top spot.

3. Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Paul Pogba has excelled at times this season


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Manchester United have had a hot and cold season, but when they blow hot the Red Devils are unstoppable.

This often seems to be the case when World Cup winner Pogba is in a good mood – as opening day proved.

Pogba was exceptional in Leeds’ 5-1 defeat and has been a key figure in United’s strong start so far.

There are few players who can produce research passes on and through the defensive lines as best they can and despite all of his criticism, it’s still impossible to deny Pogba’s obvious talent.

United might need to rely on that in the coming months.

2. Jack Grealish, Manchester City

Darling of the nation, Grealish was an England fan favorite at Euro 2020 and became a £ 100million man when he moved to Manchester City.

Usually Guardiola tends to facilitate his signings, but with the 26-year-old he barely spared him a break and Grealish has played almost every league minute in the new campaign.

Nothing has changed between the headband and the bizarre races that weave between the opposition, but he has started to add more end product to his game.

Surrounded by superstars and under the tutelage of one of, if not the best coach in the world, Grealish has improved where he left off last season, which is a chilling prospect in itself.

1. Bernardo Silva, Manchester City

Bernardo Silva gave Liverpool the run with a fascinating dribble at Anfield when the two sides met


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It’s hard to overstate how good Silva is currently.

For starters, in a star-studded squad – including one of the best in the world with Kevin De Bruyne – it’s Silva who has become the fittest midfielder under Guardiola so far this season.

His passes sometimes went through opposing teams, while his pressing and cunning were a nightmare for defenders.

It is arguably no coincidence that the only game City have lost this season that they have spent on the bench – it has been nothing short of amazing

And as long as Silva stays in this form, the rest of the Premier League has a problem.

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