We’re getting ever to closer to revealing the top 25 defensive midfielders of the last three seasons, according to our DMRI. If you remember our original rankings and teasers revealed so far for this updated version, there are two glaring omissions. Bayer Leverkusen captain and the top-ranked DM in our first list, Lars Bender, as well as Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin (who finished 11th) missed out due to not playing enough games. Along with the German and Frenchman, here are some other notable absentees from our top 25.
Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Index Rating: 52.90
His stock has fallen somewhat, but the England international is still one of the most coveted young English players around. Despite topping all defensive midfielders in clearances and blocks, as well as being solid in possession and in the air, Dier doesn’t even sniff the top 40.
Emre Can (Liverpool)
Index Rating: 53.04
A jack of all trades who has also played on the flank, the German international is a very solid tackler and dribbler, and a respectable goal threat. But he too has to settle for a spot outside the top 40.
Thiago Motta (PSG)
Index Rating: 54.42
Ever since his days at Barcelona, the Brazilian-born Italy international has been a model of consistency and reliability wherever he’s been. He continues to show his value to the Parisians despite their expensive influx of talent.
Johannes Geis (Sevilla)
Index Rating: 55.23
One of the deadliest dead ball specialists in the Bundesliga during his time at Schalke, Geis doesn’t strike you as a prototypical DM, but he keeps the ball as well as any at his position domestically. He adds variety when he’s on the field and is finally getting to show his capabilities overseas.
Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City)
Index Rating: 55.34
The South Korean international has long been a steady passer and looks just as, if not slightly more comfortable going forward given he’s not the prototypical DM.