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2013-14 Premier League Preseason Rankings: Top Midfielders

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and a fantasy football contributor. He is also a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Football Writer of the Year Award.

For our 2013-14 Premier League rankings, we polled four of our writers to come up with a composite list for the upcoming year. We broke it down by position, listing our top-20 forwards, midfielders, defenders and top-10 goalkeepers.

Points were assigned to each player based on their ranking by each writer: 10 points for a first place vote, nine points for a second place vote, eight points for a third place vote and so on.

Chelsea's Petr Cech is the top choice in our Goalkeeper Rankings, Everton's Leighton Baines checks in at the top spot on our Defensemen Rankings and our first unanimous choice is here, as Gareth Bale earns the No. 1 ranking for midfielders.

Bale was magnificent last season, which prompted interest from around the world for his services. The biggest offer came from Real Madrid, which thought that 100 million would be enough to poach the Welshman from Tottenham. Spurs felt differently, deciding to keep Bale (as of publication) and have him lead this year's charge toward a top-four spot and an entry into the Champions League. With the decision to keep him in England, he earns his No. 1 spot on our Premier League midfielders rankings list.

1 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale Gareth Bale Gareth Bale Gareth Bale 80
2 Eden Hazard Santi Cazorla Theo Walcott Eden Hazard Eden Hazard 68
3 Santi Cazorla Michael Carrick Eden Hazard Marouane Fellaini Santi Cazorla 67
4 Juan Mata Marouane Fellaini Juan Mata Frank Lampard Juan Mata 65
5 Michu Juan Mata Santi Cazorla Steven Gerrard Marouane Fellaini 62
6 Theo Walcott David Silva Michu Juan Mata Theo Walcott 61
7 Frank Lampard Theo Walcott Marouane Fellaini Santi Cazorla Michu 52
8 Marouane Fellaini Leon Osman Frank Lampard Theo Walcott Steven Gerrard 51
9 Steven Gerrard Eden Hazard Steven Gerrard Michu Frank Lampard 49
10 Yaya Toure Steven Gerrard David Silva Kevin Nolan David Silva 38
11 Kevin Nolan Yaya Toure Philippe Coutinho Robert Snodgrass Yaya Toure 37
12 Shinji Kagawa Michu Shinji Kagawa Stephane Sessegnon Kevin Nolan 25
13 Robert Snodgrass Oscar Yaya Toure Yaya Toure Robert Snodgrass 25
14 Oscar Gareth Barry Robert Snodgrass David Silva Shinji Kagawa 22
15 Aaron Lennon Steven Pienaar Andre Schurrle Wayne Routledge Oscar 21
16 David Silva Frank Lampard Clint Dempsey Seven Pienaar Michael Carrick 18
17 Stephane Sessegnon Kevin Nolan Oscar Shinji Kagawa Steven Pienaar 14
18 Steven Pienaar Mikel Arteta Jack Wilshere Anthony Pilkington Leon Osman 13
18 Mikel Arteta Samir Nasri Jonathan Walters Oscar Stephane Sessegnon 13
20 Paulinho Aaron Lennon Hatem Ben Arfa Mikel Arteta Philippe Coutinho 10

Others receiving points: Aaron Lennon (7), Gareth Barry (7), Mikel Arteta (6), Andre Schurrle (6), Wayne Routledge (6), Clint Dempsey (5), Jack Wilshere (3), Anthony Pilkington (3), Samir Nasri (2), Jonathan Walters (2), Paulinho (1), Hatem Ben Arfa (1)