If the traditionalist fantasy coaches will have to wait until Epiphany to start hoping, suffering and exulting again, the coaches of Eurolegies they never stopped; not even during the holidays. There Premier League, as usual, it has continued to offer entertainment and indications for fans of extended fantasy football, the one that allows them to fish in the five best continental tournaments. The most competitive championship in the world has just passed the twentieth round, the first of the second round. There are, therefore, enough elements to identify which players are making and which, instead, are disappointing those who believed in them. In this space, we recommend the best midfielders of the English teams of the first half of the season. A list in which there is no shortage of surprises.
At the top of the top 10 of Premier midfielders is one of the delicious products ofAcademy dell ‘Arsenal: Emile Smith Rowe. The number ten of the Gunners has racked up more bonuses than the likes of Fernandes and De Bruyne. He has gained a lot of credit in Mikel’s eyes Arts and he played as a starter most of the 18 games in which he was called into question. Eight goals and two assists is the booty of the young attacking midfielder, protagonist of a screaming season.
The best English youth can boast another Londoner who has forged ahead: we are talking about Mason Mount, pin of the Chelsea by Thomas Tuchel. With 7 goals and 5 decisive passes, the 22-year-old dei Blues he is the second best midfielder of the special fantasy classification. In the 3-4-2-1 of the German coach, he moves on the trocar to tie the departments and to sink when the opportunity presents itself. By mid-season, he has already equaled the personal record for goals and assists set in 2019-20. He is now categorized among the security of the role.
The podium is completed by Raphinha, for two years the undisputed driver of Leeds. The Brazilian is the penalty taker chosen by Bielsa and he is the player to whom the Argentine coach grants the most licenses. He jumps the man with a surprising naturalness, he is a skilled crosser and does not tremble in front of the goalkeeper. In 16 matches he scored 8 hits and served one assist. He is the top scorer – equally with Smith Rowe – among the midfielders, despite the context around him is not exactly elite: i Whitesin fact, they float dangerously just above the relegation zone. The numbers are clearly on his side; there is a downside for admirers, though. In January, the winger could leave the English league to join Bayern, who have been wooing him for a few weeks. Taking it now could be a risk.
The first round of the Premier had an undisputed ruler: the Manchester City. Among the Citizens – momentarily at +8 on pursuers – the star of is shining Bernardo Silva, who became a universal player under the master’s expert guidance Guardiola. Very often, the Portuguese acts as a false nine, a position that allows him to reach the conclusion several times per game. From a realization point of view, the current one will soon become his best English season: in 20 matches he drew the 7 centers (in 36 games) of 2018-19. If the present is represented by Silva, the future can only be a hunting ground for Phil Foden. The wonderkid bred from quarry of Sky Blues è, like the Portuguese, a precious offensive wildcard. Preferably to be used during the match in progress, when the opponent physically drops in front of the dribble of the leaders. He decided the external meeting with Brentford – last of 2021 – bringing the goals in the league to 5, accompanied by 3 assists. If from January onwards he manages to avoid physical problems, the double figures – only touched last year – will become a goal that is well within his reach.
Bukayo will also want to be part of the England that will come Saka, 20 years old only at the registry office. For three seasons he has been a permanent presence inArsenal of the grown-ups, after having amazed all those in charge of the nursery Gunner between 2008 and 2019. The current championship did not start in the best way, perhaps still conditioned by the weight of the decisive penalty that failed in Wembley against theItaly. But he disposed of the disappointment of Euro 2020 with an uncommon mental strength for a boy of his age. You finished the year with a flourish – double at the Norwich – and was repeated by stamping the New Year’s match with City. In the 20 matches in which he took part, he has put a hand in 10 of the goals scored by his team (6 goals and 4 assists). To quantify his performance in fantasy football terms, just compare the initial price to the current one: he has increased his value by 10 million, going from 15 to 25.
A place among the virtuous midfielders rightfully belongs to Jorginho, infallible eleven-meter specialist: with the 10 centers (out of 10) from the spot of 2021 he beat the record of penalties transformed in a calendar year that belonged to Steven Gerrard. To the Chelsea – with whom he scored 6 goals in the current season – he hasn’t lost the coolness he seems to have lost in National. The blue and the companion Mount are, numbers in hand, the best pieces of the silverware of the Blues. Unlike Kai Havertz, a body quite foreign to Tuchel’s game. The 22-year-old German, decisive in the last final of Champions League, has collected little this year: only two goals and an assist. Numbers that have had an effect on the collapse of its price, which has dropped from the initial 30 to the current 19. If you like bets, take a seat.
In the swing Leicester, involved in the mid-table tussle, James are standing out Maddison and Youri Tielemans. The ten of the Foxes he is catching up after an opaque start to the championship, clearly below his possibilities. The last month was a triumphal one for the English attacking midfielder: 4 goals, 3 assists and the return to the center of the attacking plots of Rodgers. Reverse path for the Belgian, who had started in a great way before surrendering to an injury. The former Monaco plays a few meters behind Maddison, but his numbers are not affected by the position and the work in the two phases to which he is called: 5 goals and 2 decisive passes for the 24 year old.
Honorable mention for the two rulers of the past seasons: Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes. The player of the Citizens, slowed down by a physical problem between November and December, he seems to have regained his superpowers: 3 hits and an assist in the last 5 outings. The same cannot be said of the Portuguese, who may need a few days to immerse themselves in the new tactical suit designed by Rangnick. The debut show – hat-trick at Leeds – let us think of yet another amazing year in terms of realization. Until now, however, the attacking midfielder of Red Devils has the handbrake on. Will it return to 2020-21 levels?
By Angelo Rocca