Who were the best midfielders during August? Fabregas, Ramsey and more

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Swansea City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and West Brom stars all feature.

The midfielders are arguably the most important players in any side and are integral to the success of a team over a prolonged period.

There were several standout midfield performances in the Premier League during August as England’s top flight benefits from some top quality players all over the league.

We’ve looked at five key areas to see who performed most impressively last month.

Goals

  TeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Nathan Dyer Swansea MF 3 3 223
Nacer Chadli Spurs MF 2 2 159
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 2 3 270
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 2 3 270
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 2 3 255

Swansea City midfielder Nathan Dyer was in great goal scoring form last month with some important strikes for Garry Monk’s team. It’s not a surprise to see Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal and Liverpool star Raheem Sterling also featuring in this list.

Assists

  TeamPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea MF 4 3 269
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea MF 4 3 270
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 2 3 270
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 2 3 241
Stephen Quinn Hull MF 2 3 216

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas looks as though he’s never been out of the Premier League. Arguably his best assist was the pass for Andre Schurrle to score against Burnley. Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson matches his number of assists with Erik Lamela’s form for Tottenham Hotspur softening the blow of Sigurdsson’s departure.

Accurate Passes

  TeamPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 267 3 270
Yaya Touré Man City MF 254 3 270
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 250 3 270
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 206 3 270
Gareth Barry Everton MF 194 3 270

Etienne Capoue has been handed a second lease of life by Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. The Frenchman is clearly in good form in terms of protecting and using possession well although his high number of passes can be explained by a slightly more defensive position and simple balls with the back four.

Tackles Won

  TeamPosWon TackleAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 15 3 270
Cheikhou Kouyaté West Ham MF 13 3 270
Youssuf Mulumbu West Brom MF 11 3 270
Mark Noble West Ham MF 11 3 270
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 11 3 270

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Midfield play isn’t all about solid passing and creating assists. Every side needs a player who can get stuck in and win the ball back. Crystal Palace star Mile Jedinak is consistent in this area and was the best midfielder last month in terms of the timing of his tackles.

Successful Interceptions

  TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Youssuf Mulumbu West Brom MF 14 3 270
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 11 3 270
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 9 3 270
Jake Livermore Hull MF 9 3 270
Ashley Young Man Utd MF 8 3 270

Jedinak was also competitive in terms of the number of interceptions he made but it was West Bromwich Albion star Youssuf Mulumbu who was most effective in this area. He’s reading the play well so it’s a shame his teammates aren’t always on the same wavelength.

Who was your standout midfielder for August?

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