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Premier League Midfielders – 2022/23 Power Rankings

Many of the usual suspects have continued to impress in the middle of the park this season, but there have been some surprise stars too.

Here’s who we think are the 10 best-performing midfielders in the Premier League 2022/23 campaign at the moment.

10. Pascal Gross (new entry)

Pascal Gross
Gross has impressed / Alex Pantling/GettyImages
Pascal Gross started the season as one of the best midfielders in England and looked that good again against Chelsea, getting his fourth goal of the campaign.

9. Declan Rice (down 2)

Declan Rice
Rice is performing well / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages
West Ham would as lost without Declan Rice as a Rice Pudding would be without white rice.

Their 1-0 loss to Man Utd wasn’t in any way down to him, with the midfielder playing well.

8. James Maddison (-)

James Maddison
Maddison has been one of Leicester’s few bright sparks / Michael Regan/GettyImages
Leicester have turned things around recently, thanks in large part to James Maddison.

He couldn’t stop his team losing to Man City but was easily their most threatening player.

7. Rodri (up 1)

Stuart Armstrong, Rodri
Rodri is playing well / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
One of the most consistent performers in the Premier League, Rodri has continued to play at a high level at Man City this season.

6. Casemiro (new entry)

One of the best / Michael Regan/GettyImages
Casemiro is proving to be everything Manchester United hoped he’d be when he joined the club in the summer, adding some much-needed steel and stability to their midfield.

5. Bernardo Silva (down 1)

Bernardo Silva - Soccer Midfielder
Silva desire to leave hasn’t affected his performances / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Manchester City fans may have feared that, after not getting the move to Barcelona that he wanted, Bernardo Silva’s level would drop, but there hasn’t been a hint of that happening, unfortunately for the rest of the Premier League.

4. Martin Odegaard (down 1)

Martin Odegaard
Odegaard has the second most goals for Arsenal this season / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
After a decent 2021/22 campaign, Martin Odegaard has, like his team, taken things up a notch this season.

He got his first goal in two months against Nottingham Forest and so moves up a spot.

3. Bruno Guimaraes (-)

Bruno Guimaraes
Great player / Stu Forster/GettyImages
The best Bruno in the Premier League right now and quite possibly the best Bruno ever if he keeps going at this rate. Apologies to any wrestling fans with an affinity for the late, great Bruno Sammartino.

2. Granit Xhaka (-)

Granit Xhaka
Xhaka scored again against Southampton / Bryn Lennon/GettyImages
Few players have had as many critics as Granit Xhaka in recent times, and few have silenced them quite as emphatically. Being given more attacking freedom, he has been a revelation.

1. Kevin De Bruyne (-)

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne remains the league’s best / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
There’s not much to say about De Bruyne that hasn’t already been said. He’s just really, really, ridiculously good.

His stunning, match-winning free-kick against Leicester was his 12th goal contribution in 12 matches.

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