After going through the best defenders of the Premier League era, we now move on to the midfielders. Today we look at the best holding midfield players to have graced the game in this country over the past thirty years.
It was not a position that was common before tactical changes in the early 2000s meant most teams in England moved from the traditional 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 system.
However, despite the lack of glamour associated with the role, there are a number of players who have stood out over the years.
Press the next page as we go through the best five defensive midfielders in Premier League history.