European football is slowly getting back to normal after 2018 festivities. La Liga and Ligue 1 returned last weekend to join Premier League club who were busy in 2019 FA Cup third round. FIFA 2019 Team of the Year has been released too. The stars selected excelled in their positions in 2018. There are new faces in the team but others are already creating controversy. Today, we want to recognize the defensive midfield role. Who did FIFA select this year? Did he deserve to be selected? What did he achieve in 2018? As we answer those questions, let us who else makes the top five in this particular position.
5. Jorginho- Chelsea/Italy
Jorginho next to ask a question of Gunn but again his effort is saved.
We'll keep knocking on the door.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 2, 2019
Pep Guardiola was disappointed when Jorginho decided to follow his boss Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea from Napoli last summer. This is because Manchester City had already tabled a bid for his services. He has quickly settled at Stamford Bridge. He leads the Premier League by passes completed. He has made the Blues a possession giant surpassing even City. He is key when it comes to ball retention.
4. Idrissa Gana Gueye- Everton/Senegal
📰 Idrissa Gueye is close to agreeing personal terms with PSG. Everton have priced the midfielder at €45M, which the French champions are not willing to pay (Source – Telefoot) pic.twitter.com/oRb4TqoG6r
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) January 7, 2019
Everton is reportedly looking for a quick replacement for Idrissa Gana Gueye because he is set to join PSG this January. The Ligue 1 giant has struggled to keep the backline tight since the departure of Thiago Motta. They know top teams will expose them in UEFA Champions League starting from Manchester United in February.
This might be the reason why they want to sign Premier League best tackler. The Senegalese deserve a big move at 29 years because he has been great for a few years now.
3. Fernadinho- Man City/Brazil
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 3, 2019
Manchester City lost three games in Premier League in December 2018 when Fernadinho was out injured. The Brazilian does all the dirty work for the team. Pep Guardiola needs to find a long-term solution because the Brazilian is not getting younger at 33 years. At this stage of his career, he can’t play every week or else he will suffer more injuries.