The 10 Top Attacking Midfielders in European Football (Part 2)
We’re continuing our coverage of the top football players with part two of the top 10 attacking midfielders of the European football leagues.
Ángel Di María
The Man U Argentinian has made a name for himself as an attacking midfielder with a play making prowess that few can rival. He’s already chalked up 3 goals and 5 assists in 9 appearances during the 14/15 Premier League season. Admittedly his tacking and defensive capabilities are poor at best, but his offensive potential more than makes up for these shortcomings. Hitting the mark with a long ball, connecting through passes and shots from outside are strong points of his that few defenders can shut down and other offensive mids can mimic.
With a keen eye as well as foot for finding openings for through balls and connecting passes, Silva is a key playmaker on the Manchester City squad. With 2 goals and 2 assists so far in the premier league season, some fans might be expecting more. However, his linkage between the backfield and forwards is among the top in the league. Aguero, Tevez, and Negredo are able to do their jobs so well as a direct result of Silva’s efforts. With the opponent’s backfield in his sights he can dissect the openings and deliver the ball exactly where it needs to go.
While the German playmaker may not have the goals to match his contemporaries on this list at just 1 goal and 1 assists in 6 appearances this season, his playmaking ability and passing discipline are undeniable. While his tackling ability may leave much to be desired, his control, passing and vision of the game under pressure are tough to rival. In two seasons for Arsenal he’s managed to put together 6 goals in 32 appearances and helped secure dozens more.
This 25-year-old Borussia Midfielder has made quite a name for himself. Already sweeping up 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 appearances for his squad this season, he makes every minute on the field count. With an impressive skillset that includes long shots, direct free-kicks and solid finishing ability, Reus has managed to tally 32 goals in his 68 appearances for Dortmund since joining in July of 2012. With the ability to hold his own in centre and left mid as well as push up to forward positions, Reus will be a name long recognizable in European football.
Another of Germany’s finest, Müller has been turning heads with unconventional style that shows in real results. With speed and crisp technique, this attacking midfielder and less often forward has packed a whopping 6 goals and 3 assists into his first 10 appearances in the Bundesliga season. He’s been an instrumental part of the Bayern Munich club finishing 1st or 2nd in the last five Bundesliga seasons as well with reliable finishing power, precision passing and crosses from the outside.
If you missed part 1 coverage of the top attacking midfielders, you can find it right here.