Midfielders are the heart of the team on the football pitch when players are in action. These are players who build the connection between the backline and frontline. But holding or defensive midfielders are those kinds of players who are shields for defenders.

The holding midfield role is the most difficult and necessary job in the game. And when a team has a weak midfield, it is a human being without a backbone.

Now let’s take a look at top 5 holding midfielders of the 2017-18 season so far in Europe.

5. Jorginho – Napoli (Currently playing at Chelsea)

Jorginho was not famous before the 2017-18 season. But, the Italian midfielder has put his name on high in entire Europe last season.

The 26-year-old is currently the engine at Chelsea following his move from Napoli this summer. The Italy international posses a passing accuracy of 89.3% in the Serie A and 88.6% in European football.

4. Casemiro –  Real Madrid

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Casemiro is arguably regarded to be one of the best defensive midfielders in La Liga and has been a consistent player since he made his debut in 2013.

The Brazilian midfielder The 26-year-old has managed to make a passing accuracy of 88.1% in La Liga; while he boasts 90.2% in the UEFA Champions League.

3. Nemanja Matic – Manchester United

Nemanja Matic, who joined Manchester United last summer from Chelsea for £40m deal, is currently one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old came in to take Michael Carrick’s role and has now been a key man in the centre park.

In his first season with United, the Serbian has been a consistent player at Old Trafford. Matic boasts a passing accuracy of 86.7% in the Premier League; while he managed 89.2% in the Champions League.

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