Premier League midfielders – 2022/23 power rankings

Many of the usual suspects have continued to impress in the middle of the park this season, but there have also been some surprise stars.

Here’s who we think have been the 10 best midfielders of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign so far…

João Palhinha

Palhinha has been excellent for Fulham / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Aleksandar Mitrovic may be in the spotlight, but Joao Palhinha has played an equally important role in Fulham’s start to the season.

He quickly established himself as a key player in the heart of midfield, excellent at both ends of the pitch. £20m already sounds like a bargain.

Ruben Neves

Neves remains one of the best outside the big six / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Many top clubs were interested in Ruben Neves before the start of the season, and that queue is only going to get longer given his start to the season.

He remained as good as ever on the ball, making some lewd good passes, and looked much better defensively, even doing a fine job as a centre-back against Manchester City.

Bernardo Silva - Football midfielder

Silva’s desire to leave hasn’t affected his performance /Visionhaus/GettyImages

Manchester City fans may have feared that after not getting the transfer to Barcelona he wanted, Bernardo Silva’s level would drop, but there are no signs of that happening.

With two goals and three assists in five starts, he is still going strong.

Christian Erikson

Eriksen was the midfielder Man Utd needed / Visionhaus/GettyImages

With Manchester United missing Frenkie de Jong, it looked like they were missing a deep playmaker, but Christian Eriksen made the role his own.

Deepening after starting the season as a false nine, the Dane led the show for his new team, launching a host of attacks and creating various chances.

Martin Odegaard

Odegaard has the second most goals for Arsenal this season / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

After a decent 2021/22 campaign, Martin Odegaard has, like his team, taken it up a notch this season.

The highlight was his brace against Bournemouth, but he was hugely impressive in almost every game.

Alexis MacAllister

Mac Allister has scored in half the games he has played / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Three of his four goals may have come from the penalty spot, but that doesn’t take away from Alexis Mac Allister’s start to the season.

In a hugely impressive Brighton side, he stood out as one of their best players and should therefore be part of Argentina’s World Cup squad.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Hojbjerg was Tottenham’s star player / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Tottenham have had a great start to the season and that’s as much to Hojbjerg as anyone.

He played a key role in attack and defense, scoring twice and protecting his backline perfectly.

Xhaka Granite

Xhaka silenced the many critics / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Few players have had as much criticism as Granit Xhaka of late, and few have silenced them with such emphasis.

Benefiting from greater attacking freedom, he was a revelation, securing three assists and a nice goal.

Pascal Gross

Gross was Brighton’s star player/Charlie Crowhurst/GettyImages

Few would have expected the 31-year-old Pascal Gross to look better than ever this season, but he did.

He was on fire in the final third, getting three goals and two assists, and quickly establishing himself as one of the best in the league.

Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne remains the best in the league / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

There isn’t much to say about De Bruyne that hasn’t already been said. He’s just really, really, ridiculously good.

With six assists to his name already, he is on track to break some records in this department.

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