Defensive midfielders don’t roam up the pitch too often, but these specialists in offering protection know how to breach opposing defenses and are far from one-dimensional. As we prepare to unveil our Defensive Midfielder Rating Index (DMRI), here’s a look at the best DMs when it comes to the attacking side of the game. Any surprises?

Attack Score

PlayerClubRankingAttacking Score
Tomás RincónTorino 163.3
Lucas BigliaAC Milan258.2
Johannes GeisFC Schalke 04356.2
Tiémoué BakayokoChelsea 451.4
Milan BadeljFiorentina551.2
Sebastian RudyBayern Munich 651.1
Idrissa GueyeEverton 751.0
FernandinhoManchester City850.5
N'Golo KantéChelsea950.3
Nemanja MatićManchester United1048.2
William VainqueurMarseille1147.9
Emre CanLiverpool1246.9
Etienne CapoueWatford1344.4
Christoph KramerBorussia Mönchengladbach1541.4
Vicente IborraLeicester City1641.1
Steven N'ZonziSevilla1741.0
Eugen PolanskiHoffenheim1841.0
Maxime GonalonsAS Roma1938.0
Vincent WanyamaTottenham2037.5
Jack CorkBurnley2137.0
Asier Illaramendi Real Sociedad 2237.0
Bruno SorianoVillarreal2336.4
Ki Sung-YeungSwansea City2435.7
Riccardo MontolivoAC Milan25 35.3