A study conducted based on a statistic from sports analytics company Opta has provided a clear picture of who the best Premier League midfielder is. Opta’s Performance Index was used to compare the statistical results of Casemiro, Rodri, Declan Rice, Thomas Partey and Moises Caicedo.
The five are among the best central midfielders in the Premier League and have played a vital role in their teams’ success. The Performance Index ranking ranks Casemiro as the best, followed by Rodri, Partey, Rice and Caicedo.
In the categories ‘Duels Contested’, ‘Forward Passes’ and ‘Tackles Made’, the Manchester United man tops the five. It shows how important the Brazilian has been in providing defensive cover while also getting involved in building the game for the Red Devils.
Rodri emerges as the leader in the ‘Ball Recoveries’ and ‘Aerial Duel Success’ categories. The Spaniard was a key part of Pep Guardiola’s side that won a historic treble.
Rice has the highest Ground Duel Success and Interceptions out of the five. The West Ham United talisman has been linked with a departure from the Hammers, with Arsenal offering up to £105 million for the 24-year-old.
Partey was instrumental as Arsenal launched an improbable title run. Caicedo, on the other hand, stormed onto the Brighton scene. He is expected to leave the Seagulls, who are demanding compensation in excess of £80 million for his services.
Manchester City drop out of the race for Declan Rice after Arsenal submit a record Premier League bid
Manchester City have ended their hunt for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. According to The Athletic, Pep Guardiola’s side are unwilling to match Arsenal’s £105 million bid for the 24-year-old and he is expected to drop out of the race.
The Cityzens had matched the Gunners’ second proposal of £90 million, but were willing to pay more money up front. The £105 million would be a record bid for a British player, breaching City’s £100 million fee to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
Arsenal and West Ham are now expected to discuss payment terms. Hammers chairman David Sullivan confirmed the midfielder was looking to make an exit following the club’s Europa Conference League victory.
Since making his debut in 2017, Rice has become one of the top midfielders in the Premier League. He scored 15 goals and 13 assists in 245 appearances for the club.
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