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.
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.
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.
|Yaya Touré||Man City||MF||254||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.
|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|
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.
|Youssuf Mulumbu||West Brom||MF||14||3||270|
|Mile Jedinak||Crystal Palace||MF||11||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?