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TalkSPORT has released its list of top 10 attacking midfielders in the Premier League era and four former Chelsea players are on the list – Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, Cesc Fabregas, Kevin de Bruyne and Juan Mata.
Fabregas scored 50 goals and provided 111 assists in 350 Premier League appearances. Mata has scored 51 goals and provided 50 assists in 243 Premier League appearances. Kevin de Bruyne has scored 23 goals and provided 46 assists in 120 Premier League appearances.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, who is expected to be named as Chelsea boss soon, scored 177 goals and provided 102 assists in 609 Premier League appearances.
TalkSPORT named Lampard as the best attacking midfielder in Premier League history. Fabregas is 5th on the list, Mata 8th on the list while De Bruyne is 6th on the list.
On Lampard being named as the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League, talkSPORT wrote: “What makes Lampard the best attacking midfielder in Premier League history is not the goals, nor the assists, but rather the road he had to take to get there.
“At West Ham, accusations of nepotism were slung at the teenager with his dad, Frank Sr, a member of Harry Redknapp’s coaching team. But the youngster never let it bother him and quickly set about proving people wrong; a trait for which he became synonymous.
“Lampard never possessed the natural talent of some of the players on this list, but his steely determination and single-minded nature got him to the very top.
“When Roman Abramovich began to throw his millions around at Chelsea, it was the England international who took responsibility and worked hard on his game to ensure neither Claudio Ranieri nor Jose Mourinho needed to go out and buy a star-studded name to replace him.
“When the Blues cast him aside in 2014, Lampard again set about proving his doubters wrong and his move to Manchester City saw him score a fantastic scissor kick against his former employees.”
Here is the full list of the top 10 attacking midfielders in Premier League history:
- Frank Lampard
- Paul Scholes
- David Silva
- Steven Gerrard
- Cesc Fabregas
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Yaya Toure
- Juan Mata
- Santi Cazorla
- Luka Modric