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2012 – Top five midfielders of Barclays Premier League

Though Premier League have lost several good midfielders over the years – the likes of Alonso, Fabregas, Mascherano et al, there have no dearth of quality midfielders though in this league. Here we take a look at five top midfielders of Barclays Premier League who did exceptionally well in 2012. Let me clarify here. By midfielders though I don’t mean wingers, not even attacking midfielders but classic central midfielders.

Yaya Toure: The dynamic presence of the midfielder was the key to Manchester City’s successful title challenge. He was the heart beat of the City team who with his energy, physique and intelligence created a huge difference with other fellow midfielders in the league.

Paul Scholes: He answered to the SOS call when Ferguson had emergency tracheotomy in the midfield department. Ferguson always believed that Scholes has few more top years left with him and the veteran Englishman didn’t disappoint either.

Joe Allen: Not in the same class of Scholes, Toure and certainly not in the class of Xavi and Alonso either but he excelled under Brendan Rodgers at both Swansea and Liverpool and demonstrated the art of ball retention nicely.

Yohan Cabaye: How brilliant was the Frenchman this Year and last season? He was just terrific for Newcastle and his absence due to injury is creating all sorts of problem for the Magpies this season.

Mikel Arteta: The Arsenal vice-captain has been in terrific touch season and was in spectacular form last season too. In fact, he was one of the star performers along with RVP for Arsenal. His promotion in the team is only reflective of his performance in the last one year.