The bread and butter for defensive midfielders is …well…defense. If you value defensive work above all other qualities, these are the 25 men you go to first. This is our list of the top 25 best defensive midfielders in Europe, literally.

Defense Score

PlayerClubRankingDefense Score
Idrissa GueyeEverton 172.3
N'Golo KantéChelsea270.1
Christoph KramerBorussia Mönchengladbach369.0
Asier Illaramendi Real Sociedad 468.1
Ignacio CamachoWolfsburg567.6
Julian BaumgartlingerBayer Leverkusen667.3
Michael CarrickManchester United766.6
Bruno SorianoVillarreal866.2
CasemiroReal Madrid966.1
Lucas BigliaAC Milan1065.7
Sergio BusquetsBarcelona1165.6
Oriol RomeuSouthampton1265.2
Morgan SchneiderlinEverton1364.5
Sebastian RudyBayern Munich 1464.4
Eugen PolanskiHoffenheim1564.2
Makoto HasebeEintracht Frankfurt1664.1
Julian WeiglBorussia Dortmund1764.0
Riccardo MontolivoAC Milan1863.1
JorginhoNapoli1962.2
Gelson FernandesEintracht Frankfurt2062.0
Luis GustavoMarseille2161.9
Jack CorkBurnley2261.7
Mikel San JoseAthletic Bilbao2361.5
Lucas LeivaLazio2461.2
Jeremy ToulalanBordeaux2561.0
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