CIES Football Observatory have released their list of the best 10 central midfielders under 23 in world football.
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The study is based on several key performance indicators, which measure key aspects of a player’s game to produce an overall indicator of their quality and their efficiency.
While the top ranking of the best young defenders and strikers in the world has raised a few eyebrows, it’s hard to argue with those players named in the list of the best central midfielders.
The top 10 countdown is something of a who’s who of major European transfer targets this summer, with players who have been linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona named among the selection.
Read on to discover who made the cut and comment below to let us know whether you agree or disagree with this top ten ranking?
Is there anyone else who should have made the cut?