Manchester United’s Ander Herrera has stoked the fire of international football by claiming:
“…..I’ve always had faith, but you’re aware that Spain has the best midfield in the world by a long way….”
Is that why Spain won Euro 2016? Oh, wait…
This has got us thinking here at CLICKON about some of the best midfield’s during the Premier League era. As in flat midfield quartets, not any of this ‘diamond’ malarkey, or ‘inverted wingers’ nonsense. So, in no particular order, let’s have a look at our top five Premier League midfield fours of all-time.
Leicester City 2015/16
A team whose midfield had everything. The flair of Riyadh Mahrez, Daniel Drinkwater's passing ability, the tackling tenacity of N'Golo Kante and the crossing and stamina of Marc Albrighton.
Claudio Ranieri showed what happens when you go back to basics. Jose Mourinho, take note.
Leeds United 2001/02
A midfield that was part of arguably the best Leeds United team in recent years.
Harry Kewell, Olivier Dacourt, Lee Bowyer (all pictured) and Erik Bakke formed a formidable four helping Leeds to a Champions League semi-final. That's right, Leeds actually played in Europe.
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A talented quartet (we won't even mention the hairdos) comprising of Steve McManaman, Paul Ince (pictured), Jamie Redknapp and cult hero Patrick Berger led Liverpool to a third place finish in 1997/98 in Roy Evans' final season.
Arguably one of the best midfield quartets in Premier League history.
Robert Pires, Gilberto Silva, Patrick Vieira and Freddie Ljungberg helped Arsenal go unbeaten for an entire PL season. Since then, though, it seems Arsene Wenger has had an almost unhealthy obsession with midfielders.
Manchester United 1999/00
Part of the famous 'Class of '92', Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and David Beckham helped Manchester United win a historic treble in 1999/00 and school everyone they came across.
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Not even Herrera could argue with those, in fact, he would probably have a job slotting into any of them. With many talented midfielders in Spain’s squad; Koke, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara to name just a few, it is even hard to justify selecting him in La Rioja starting XI .