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2014-15 Premier League Preseason Rankings: Top Midfielders

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird, a four-time FSWA Award finalist, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and an editor for the site's NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, CBB and DFS content.

For our 2014-15 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: 20 points for a first place vote, 19 points for a second place vote, 18 points for a third place vote and so on.

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is the top choice in our Goalkeeper Rankings and Everton's Leighton Baines checks in at the top spot for defenders.

Our top midfield pick last year was Gareth Bale, who promptly got sold to Real Madrid, where he went on to win the Champions League. This year we've got a few players near the top of the list who will be staying in England this season, headlined by Manchester City's Yaya Toure, who took the top spot on two of four lists, with Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey getting the other two top votes.

1 Yaya Toure 76 Eden Hazard Yaya Toure Aaron Ramsey Yaya Toure
2 Eden Hazard 75 Aaron Ramsey Eden Hazard Alexis Sanchez Eden Hazard
3 Aaron Ramsey 69 Yaya Toure Juan Mata Yaya Toure Theo Walcott
4 Alexis Sanchez 62 Alexis Sanchez Mesut Ozil Eden Hazard Aaron Ramsey
5 Mesut Ozil 58 David Silva Steven Gerrard Mesut Ozil Cesc Fabregas
6 Juan Mata 55 Mesut Ozil Cesc Fabregas David Silva Steven Gerrard
7 David Silva 54 Adam Lallana Samir Nasri Christian Eriksen Alexis Sanchez
8 Cesc Fabregas 52 Juan Mata Aaron Ramsey Samir Nasri David Silva
9 Steven Gerrard 51 Cesc Fabregas Alexis Sanchez Juan Mata Juan Mata
10 Samir Nasri 41 Raheem Sterling Adam Lallana Steven Gerrard Santi Cazorla
11 Adam Lallana 35 Christian Eriksen David Silva Kevin Mirallas Mesut Ozil
12 Christian Eriksen 32 Steven Gerrard Ross Barkley Cesc Fabregas Oscar
13 Theo Walcott 31 Samir Nasri Christian Eriksen Ross Barkley Raheem Sterling
14 Raheem Sterling 28 Ross Barkley Adam Johnson Raheem Sterling Adam Lallana
15 Ross Barkley 25 Philippe Coutinho Theo Walcott Remy Cabella Samir Nasri
16 Santi Cazorla 16 Kevin Mirallas Santi Cazorla Dusan Tadic Willian
17 Kevin Mirallas 15 Remy Cabella Philippe Coutinho Theo Walcott Philippe Coutinho
18 Philippe Coutinho 14 Theo Walcott Jason Puncheon Adam Lallana Andre Schurrle
19 Remy Cabella 10 Jordan Henderson Raheem Sterling Adnan Januzaj Ander Herrera
20 Oscar 9 Dusan Tadic Gylfi Sigurdsson Marko Arnautovic Ross Barkley

**Note: Alexis Sanchez is listed as a midfielder in some Fantasy Premier League games and as a forward in others. For our rankings, we have included him on both lists.**