• Aayush Sethi

Who were the best young midfielders in the Premier league last season?

Updated: Jan 17

The Tactician utilizes a raking system based on passing performance from the 2019/20 season. Users can also interact using the sliders and drop-downs to interact with the data.



Selection Criteria:


Age group: 18yrs – 23yrs

Positions: CM, CAM, CDM

Minutes Played: minimum 2000 minutes out of possible 3420 minutes.


Scoring Metric: Using the data gathered from fbref & Whoscored, data is based on the 2019/20 season. A complete scouting dashboard is utilized using Tableau. While analyzing the results many variables are taken into consideration; through balls, expected assists (XA), Passes made under pressure, successful passes for the entire dashboard of analyzing results.


The Scoring Model: Assists Performance (XA – Actual Assists) + Passes completed (attamed – Actual passes) + passes made under pressure.

The Premier league is blessed to have witnessed the best midfielders of our generation has to offer. From Lampard, Gerrard, KDB, & David Silva etc... The list is never ending when there are so many magical play makers turning up week in week out with some mesmerizing performances. That being said, the EPL is also generously filled by some amazing young talented midfielders that may often get overshadowed by their senior counterparts, best example being Phil Foden at Man City. To analyze these next generation superstars the Tactician has come up with an aggregate scoring metric for these midfielders and would like to present the top 5 bright prospects to look out for this season.


Thr balls: Through balls | =/- perf: Performance (assists – Expected assists) | pre: Passes made under pressure


Key Takeaways:


  • There is no doubt that Leicester city’s central midfielder Youri Tielemans has impressed the fans and critics likewise. Well worth the club record fee of 45m Euros, he has established himself a solid and reliable choice for Brendan Rogers’ side. Also, leading our charts with a score of 23.4.

  • The Leicester duo Teilemans and Ndidi exceeded expectations with performance ratings of 0.6 second only to Declan Rice of West Ham with a rating on 1.5. 0 meaning the player performed as expected, a positive rating indicating the player exceeded expectations (fig2).

  • Dani Ceballos (The Dark Horse): Despite having an injury plagued season he was arguably Arsenal’s most important midfielder. With the team looking more balanced and Ceballos himself acting as the Aaron Ramsey Replacement, which was much needed. The stats for Arsenal with and without Ceballos starting speaks for themselves:


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