Premier League’s best midfielders – ranked

The Premier League is home to a string of great midfielders and the best thing is, there’s a player to suit everyone’s needs.

Destructive number fours, playmaking number sixes, dynamic number eights and silky number tens. You name it, the Premier League’s got it.

But who is the cream of the crop? Here is 90min’s top 10 PL midfielders on current form…

Conor GallagherConor Gallagher

It’s been a coming of age season for Gallagher / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Conor Gallagher showed promise at West Brom last season, but few expected him to push on quite this much at Crystal Palace.

Gallagher is a boundless bundle of energy in midfield, who racks up goals and assists regularly. Expect to see him bundling around for Chelsea next term.

Mason MountMason Mount

Mount is a manager’s dream / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It is rare that attacking midfielders are as consistent as Mason Mount.

Spotless out of possession, he also uses the ball efficiently, as his seven goals and eight assists this season can attest to.

Chelsea have spent a lot of money on their squad in recent times but few players are as important as this homegrown talent.

Phil FodenPhil Foden

Foden can play almost anywhere / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Phil Foden can do things that very few players in the Premier League can replicate.

An irresistible blend of pace, technique and movement make him nigh-on impossible to defend against. It is scary to think what he will go on to achieve before he calls time on his career.

Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes

Fernandes would have topped this list at times last season / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Bruno Fernandes being as low as seven on this list would have been unthinkable during the early part of his Man Utd career.

However, although he has been picking up his game in January, he has failed to replicate the heights of his early Red Devils days this season.

On his day, he remains unplayable.

Ilkay GundoganIlkay Gundogan

Gundogan is great going in both directions / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

Once lost in the shuffle of world-class midfielders at the Etihad Stadium, Ilkay Gundogan stepped out on his own in 2021.

Scoring for fun and plugging gaps in the City midfield before they even formed, he can no longer be ignored when compiling a list of the Premier League’s best.

N'Golo KanteN'Golo Kante

Kante is tireless / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

N’Golo Kante’s powers were being doubted a while ago but he has made these critics look very stupid over the past 12 months.

Underrated on the ball, his defensive powers are legendary and over the past few seasons he has even started to add some goals to his game. He’s also a thoroughly nice bloke by all accounts.

Declan RiceDeclan Rice

Rice is a target for several Champions League sides / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

One day, probably in the future, West Ham are going to sell Declan Rice for a lot of money.

Sure, his price tag will be inflated by the ‘English player’ tax, but he will also attract monster bids because he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.

RodriRodri

Rodri has gone from strength to strength this season / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Rodri has had his doubters over the years, but this season accepting his brilliance has become mainstream.

Replacing the timeless Fernandinho was never going to be an easy task but the Spaniard has continually risen to the challenge and is now one of the few ‘undroppables’ in Pep Guardiola’s side.

Bernardo Silva, Mateo KovacicBernardo Silva, Mateo Kovacic

Bernardo is so hard to dispossess / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

It is impossible not to marvel at Bernardo Silva whenever he takes to the pitch.

His close control, agility, and turn of pace mean he can carry the ball for pretty much as long as he wants. Once he gets to the end of his meandering runs he normally provides a key pass, assist or goal too.

Kevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne is one of the best players around / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Here he is. The best midfielder in the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne seems to finally be on his way back to his best following a few injury frustrations – and we’re loving it.

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Honduras vs Canada: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Canada will look to maintain their unbeaten record in World Cup qualifying when they travel to Honduras on Thursday.

John Herdman’s side are without defeat in eight games so far, topping the Concacaf table one point ahead of the United States and two clear of Mexico.

Honduras, meanwhile, are bottom with zero wins and just three points – nothing but a victory will do here to keep their slim hopes of reaching Qatar 2022 alive.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game…

When is kick-off? Thursday 27 January, 20:05 (EST)
Where is it being played? Olímpico Metropolitano
What TV channel is it on? Sportsnet 360 (Canada)/Paramount+, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA)
Live stream: OneSoccer

Alberth Elis is Honduras' most dangerous attacking weapon.Alberth Elis is Honduras' most dangerous attacking weapon.

Alberth Elis is Honduras’ most dangerous attacking weapon. / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Hernan Dario Gomez has picked a very different roster to the one that lost to Costa Rica and Panama in November, with Boniek Garcia left out and the likes of Denil Maldonado, Diego Rodriguez, and Juan Delgado figuring among the new faces.

CF Montreal forward Romell Quioto will be important in attack, but a huge performance is needed from Alberth Elis, who has eight goals to his name in 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux this season.

Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada.Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada.

Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada. / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Alphonso Davies is easily Canada’s biggest absence, but he’s not the only important name missing from the roster with midfielder Stephan Eustaquio testing positive for Covid-19.

Even so, Herdman still has pleny of firepower at his disposal in the likes of Jonathan David, Cyle Larin, and Tajon Buchanan.

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Despite Canada’s recent rise, they haven’t managed a win over Honduras in their last three attempts – only doing so once in the last six meetings. They even lost 8-1 to Thursday’s opponent back in 2012.

The 1-1 draw between these two sides back in September counts for one of just three points earned for Honduras so far, and is one of four ties by Canada.

Away games in any Concacaf match are tough – not least in World Cup qualifying.

Even though this is a match between top and bottom of the group, Herdman will know nothing will come easy for his side. Honduras will be defensive and aggressive. Can the Canucks split them open without the dynamism of Alphonso Davies?

It’s a tough task, but Jonathan David and Co should just about get the job done.

Prediction: Honduras 1-2 Canada

Newcastle reignite interest in Mitchel Bakker

Newcastle United are back in talks to sign full-back Mitchel Bakker from Bayer Leverkusen this January, 90min understands.

Eddie Howe’s side have been on the hunt for a left-back this month, but have seen targets like Lucas Digne and Robin Gosens all sign for other clubs – the former for Aston Villa, the latter for Inter.

Despite interest in these players, we understand that Bakker has always been the Magpies’ number one left-back target throughout the current transfer window. The club had backed away from discussions on Monday as they did not believe the player was interested in the move. Now however, 90min have been told that the transfer is back on.

We understand that Bayer Leverkusen are keen on selling Bakker to Newcastle, and L’Equipe are now reporting that the club are offering €20m for the player.

Bakker is a Netherlands under-21 international and signed for Leverkusen from PSG in the summer – putting pen to paper on a four-year deal. Since then he has made 13 appearances for the Bundesliga club, who sit third in the league table. PSG have a buyback clause inserted in his contract, but it is unlikely that they’d be willing to take up this offer.

Due to the reopening of negotiations for Bakker, the talks to sign Rogeiro – which we reported earlier on Wednesday – are now on hold. They are, however, not called off completely. Sassuolo want roughly €18m for the Brazilian.

Along with Bakker and Rogeiro, the Magpies had also been interested in Genk defender Gerardo Arteaga.

Barcelona may sell own media department to fund Erling Haaland transfer

Barcelona may have to sell club assets other than players in order to fund a move for Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian superstar has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou and is widely expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer when a €75m release clause kicks in.

But Barcelona aren’t quite over their recent financial struggles just yet, and Goal write that in order to complete a deal for Haaland, the club may have to sell a stake in their own media production and commercialising unit – Barça Studios – in order to financially compete for his signing.

It’s been reported that the Blaugrana could command €100m for a 49% stake in Barça studios, and La Liga officials will approve that this sale will help free up room in their transfer and wage budgets.

However, the sale of Barça Studios isn’t on track due to an issue regarding players’ image rights. These rights are usually owned by the players themselves and sold on to third parties, preventing certain players from appearing in Barcelona-related marketing individually.

Barça Studios also doesn’t cover television rights as these are sold through La Liga.

Barcelona had been keen to add Alvaro Morata to their ranks this window but inability to relieve financial restraints before the end of the window have stopped this in its tracks.

The club are also keen to shift Ousmane Dembele before January ends after contract talks broke down. The Frenchman’s deal runs until the end of the season and Barcelona want to recoup a transfer fee, with Chelsea monitoring the situation.

Vitor Pereira reveals Everton job interview was ‘very positive’

Vitor Pereira feels his interview to be Everton manager was ‘very positive’, with the former Porto man set to fly to England ahead of potential further talks.

Pereira has been considered for the Toffees job on several, previous occasions and owner Farhad Moshiri remains a fan. His enthusiasm is not matched across the club though, with other senior executives favouring Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

The power struggle is continuing but Pereira will be flying in to Liverpool ahead of more talks before this weekend.

In an unprecedented step, the Toffees’ prospective new manager appeared live on Sky Sports, discussing his reasons for wanting to take the job as well as reflecting on how his interviews had gone.

“A few years ago I remember Everton at the time of Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Howard. I remember Goodison Park as a fortress. The passion of the supporters. This is what appealed to me. This is a historical club. The challenge for me is to approach again the spirit, the club, to the fans. To get again this fire on the pitch that I watched a few years ago,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m not the manager! But I think the first decision, as a manager in the club, is to bring again the organisation, the pressing game, the intense game that I saw a few years ago.

“For me, to watch a match in Goodison Park was something that inspired me. This is the spirit. To see the passion of the supporters again, the intensity, and to make the other teams feel that Goodison is a fortress and very difficult to play there.

“That’s the way to play that I – or a manager – wants to bring into the club.

“I think they were enthusiastic on what I proposed to them: an intensive game, a pressing game, a game with possession. We need to give confidence again to these players. We need to approach the fantastic supporters again.

“This is what I proposed to them. What I felt in the meetings, was that they were very positive with interviews.

“They have other candidates. This is a time for decisions. Just to wait for the decision. To be calm.”