B90M’s Rating Index for Defensive Midfielders (DMRI)

We go from evaluating the players who start fires going forward to the ones paid to put them out. Where will the likes of Sergio Busquets, N’Golo Kante, Michael Carrick, Xabi Alonso, Bruno Soriano and Daniele De Rossi fall?

The weighting system for the DMRI considers:

Goals, Assists, Key Passes, passing, tackling, interceptions, clearances and blocks, foul ratios, defensive errors, possession loss, dribbling and team possession are all calculated to help produce an accurate ranking that accounts for just about everything a defensive midfielder does.

There might be surprises that go against the conventional thinking but the DMRI doesn’t lie because of the breadth of statistics that are considered.

First, the numbers 40 to 26 and then our list.

40. Valon Behrami, Index Score: 58.28

39. Maxime Gonalons, Index Score: 59.29

38. Jack Cork, Index Score: 59.31

37. Sebastian Rudy, Index Score: 59.34

36. Jorginho, Index Score: 59.50

35. Josuha Guilavogui, Index Score: 59.74

34. Julian Baumgartlinger, Index Score: 59.80

33. Makoto Hasebe, Index Score: 59.97

32. Gary Medel, Index Score: 60.23

31. Markel Bergara, Index Score: 60.30

30. Riccardo Montolivo, Index Score: 60.65

29. Fernandinho, Index Score: 61.09

28. Francesco Magnanelli, Index Score: 61.25

27. Mikel San José, Index Score: 61.25

26. Emre Can, Index Score: 61.35

Now our top 25!