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Best attacking midfielders in 2021

Tue 28 December 2021 | 8:30

As we are reaching the end of 2021, we want to know which attacking midfielders did a better job this year? Want to go over their football career? Then join us in this article on top attacking midfielders in 2021.

As you may know, an attacking midfielder is a player who covers the space between the midfield and the striker and operates in that area, helping the forwards to score.

Depending on the tactics that the coach picks up for the team and the skills of the player, an attacking midfielder can play as a playmaker, who creates scoring chances for the forwards, a shadow striker, who plays his role off the shoulder of the striker and drags the defenders away to create space for the striker, and false 10, who moves out of position and breaks through the sides to create space for the teammates to break in.

Today, we want to know about the footballers who did their job better than others in this position. So stay tuned and join us in the article to have a look at the

best attacking midfielders of 2021

.

top attacking midfielders in the world in 2021

Without further ado, let's go over the

greatest attacking midfielders in 2021

. Stay with us.

Papu Gomez

The first name on our list for the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is Sevilla’s player,

Papu Gomez

. He is a versatile footballer who can play as a forward and winger. When Gomez kicks the ball as an attacking midfielder, his role is a playmaker.

This Argentinian footballer has played in 18 La Liga games, 10 Serie A, 8 Champions League, and 3 Copa del Rey matches in the 2020/21 season, finding the net 8 times and providing 5 assists. Since the start of the 2021/22 season, he has played in 11 La Liga matches, 5 UCL, and 2 Copa del Rey games, scoring 18 goals and providing 1 assist.

Papu Gomez started playing football in 2003 and spent his junior career at Arsenal de Sarandi. In 2005, his senior career started and he played for this club until 2009. Gomez then joined San Lorenzo but left there after only 1 season.

In 2010, this brilliant player moved to Catania, where he kicked the ball for 3 years. After that, Gomez joined Metalist Kharkiv and in 2014, he moved to

Atalanta

. This brilliant footballer kicked the ball for this club for 7 years and joined his current club,

Sevilla

, in 2021.

Papu Gomez, who is one of the best attacking midfielders of 2021, has won 1 Copa Sudamericana and 1 Suruga Bank Championship with Arsenal de Sarandi, and 1 Copa America and 1 Superclasico de las Americas with the national team of Argentina.

Marco Reus

The next footballer among the

best attacking midfielders in 2021

is the prince of Westfalen,

Marco Reus

. This German footballer is a versatile player who plays as a forward and winger. As an attacking midfielder, his role is false 10.

Reus kicked the ball in 32 Bundesliga matches, 10 Champions League, 3 DFB Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup game in the previous season, scoring a total of 11 goals and providing 14 assists. He has also played in 15 league games, 6 UCL, 2 DFB Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup match in the current season with 8 goals and 10 assists.

The prince of Westfalen took his first steps in football at Post SV Dortmund in 1994 and after 2 years, he joined Dortmund. In 2006, the senior career of this brilliant player started as he moved to Rot Weiss Ahlen. In 2009, Reus joined

Borussia Monchengladbach

, where he played for 3 seasons. Since 2012, this outstanding footballer has been kicking the ball for

Dortmund

.

Marco Reus, who is among the

top attacking midfielders in the world in 2021

, has won 1 Regionalliga Nord with Rot Weiss Ahlen and 2 DFB Pokal and 3 DFL Super Cup titles with the Blackyellows.

Mason Mount

The next name among the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is

Mason Mount

, who kicks the ball for

Chelsea

. In the 2020/21 season, this English footballer played in 36 Premier League games, 11 UEFA Champions League, 5 FA Cup, 2 EFL Cup matches with 9 goals and 9 assists. He has played in 13 league matches, 4 UCL, 2 EFL Cup, and 1 UEFA Super Cup game in the current season.

Mount took his first steps in football at Boarhunt Rovers. He also played for United Services Portsmouth and Chelsea during his junior career. In 2017, the senior career of this 22-year-old footballer started. He was loaned to Vitesse and Derby County in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 season and then moved back to Chelsea, where he is kicking the ball now.

Mason Mount, whose name is among the greatest attacking midfielders in 2021, has won 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 UEFA Super Cup; both with the Blues of London. 

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Sergei Milinkovic-Savic is also on our list for the best attacking midfielders in 2021. This brilliant footballer, who currently plays for

Lazio

, kicked the ball in 32 Serie A games, 7 UCL, and 2 Coppa Italia matches in the previous season with 8 goals and 11 assists. He has also played in 16 league games and 6 Europa League matches since the start of the current season, scoring 5 goals and providing 5 assists.

Milinkovic-Savic began playing football at Sporting Lisbon. This Serbian player then kicked the ball for Graz AK and FK Vojvodina at the youth level. In 2013, his senior career started and he played for FK Vojvodina until 2014. After that, Milinkovic-Savic joined

KRC Genk

, however, he left there after only 1 season and joined his current club, Lazio.

This Serbian player, who is one of the best midfielders in 2021, has won 1 Serbian Cup title with FK Vojvodina and 2 Supercoppa Italiana and 1 Coppa Italia with Lazio.

Kai Havertz

The next name on our list for the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is the German player of the Blues of London,

Kai Havertz

, who has the talent for finding spaces. Since the start of the current season, he has played in 14 Premier League games, 5 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 EFL Cup match with scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists. In the previous season, this brilliant footballer kicked the ball in 27 Premier League matches, 12 UCL, 5 FA Cup, and 1 EFL Cup game with 9 goals and 9 assists.

Havertz took his first steps in the world of football at Alemannia Mariadorf in 2003. 6 years later, he moved to Alemannia Aachen. In 2010, this brilliant player joined

Bayer Leverkusen

. In 2016, Havertz’s senior career started and he played for this club until 2020. After that, this German player moved to Chelsea, where he is currently playing.

Kai Havertz, who is one of the

best midfielders in 2021

, has won 1 UCL title and 1 UEFA Super Cup, both with the Blues of London.

Hakan Calhanoglu

The next footballer among the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is the Turkish player,

Hakan Calhanoglu

. He can play as a shadow striker, playmaker, and false 10. Kicking the ball for

Inter Milan

, this brilliant footballer played in 33 Serie A games, 6 Europa League, 3 Europa League Qualifying, and 1 Copa Italia match, scoring 9 goals and providing 12 assists in the 2020/21 season. He has also played in 16 league games and 4 UCL matches with 6 goals and 8 assists since the start of the 2021/22 season.

Calhanoglu took his first steps in the world of football at 1. FC Turanspor Mannheim and then kicked the ball for Polizei SV Mannheim, Waldhof Mannheim, and Karlsruher SC during his junior career. In 2011, the senior career of this Turkish footballer started and he played for Karlsruher SC until 2013.

In 2013, Calhanoglu joined Hamburger SV, however, after 1 season, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen. This brilliant footballer played there until 2017 and then joined

AC Milan

, where he kicked the ball for 4 years. Since 2021, Calhanoglu has been playing for his current team, Inter Milan.

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

is also one of the

best attacking midfielders in 2021

. This English footballer, who currently plays for

Manchester City

, played in 26 Premier League games and 1 EFL Cup match and scored a total of 7 goals and provided 12 assists in the previous season. He has also kicked the ball in 13 league matches, 5 Champions League, 1 FA Community Shield, and 1 EFL Cup game with 3 goals and 3 assists in the current season up to now.

Grealish started playing football at Highgate United and joined

Aston Villa

in 2001. In 2012, the senior career of this outstanding footballer began and kicked the ball for Aston Villa until 2013. Then he was loaned to Notts County for the 2013/14 season and moved back to Aston Villa, where he played until 2021. After that, this English footballer joined his current club, Manchester City.

Bruno Fernandes

The next footballer among the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is United’s player,

Bruno Fernandes

. This Portuguese footballer plays as a playmaker in the attacking midfielder position. He has kicked the ball in 16 Premier League matches and, 5 UCL, and 1 EFL Cup game with scoring 5 goals and providing 9 assists since the start of the 2021/22 season. Fernandes also played in 37 league games, 9 Europa League, 6 Champions League, 3 FA Cup, and 3 EFL Cup matches with 28 goals and 17 assists in the 2020/21 season.

Bruno Fernandes started kicking the ball at Infesta, where he played from 2002 until 2004. Then he moved to Boavista and played there until 2012, except kicking the ball for Pasteleira under a loan from 2005 until 2010.

In 2012, his senior career started and this brilliant footballer played for Novara until 2013. Fernandes then joined

Udinese

, where he kicked the ball for 3 years. After that, he moved to

Sampdoria

and after only 1 season, this Portuguese player signed with Sporting, where he played until 2020. Fernandes then joined

Manchester United

 and since then, he has been playing for the Red Devils.

Bruno Fernandes, who is one of the best attacking midfielders of 2021, has won 1 Taca de Portugal and 2 Taca da Liga titles with Sporting.

Thomas Muller

The next name among the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is the space finder,

Thomas Muller

, who plays as a shadow striker. This outstanding footballer kicked the ball in 32 Bundesliga games, 9 UCL, 2 DFB Pokal, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 DFL Super Cup, and 1 Club World Cup match in the previous season, scoring 15 goals and providing 24 assists. He has also played in 17 league games, 6 Champions League, 2 Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup match with 8 goals and 17 assists since the start of the current season.

Muller took his first steps in football at TSV Pahl in 1993 and 7 years later, he moved to

FC Bayern

. He grew with the youth system of the Bavarians and in 2008 his senior career started.

This outstanding footballer has been playing for the Reds of Munich since he was 11 years old. Muller has been given the nickname “Raumdeuter (Space Finder)” for his ability to find the space between the defenders and take advantage of it.

Thomas Muller, who is among the greatest attacking midfielders in 2021, has won 10 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB Pokal, 7 DFL Super Cup, 2 UCL, 2 UEFA Super Cup, and 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles with the Bavarians.

Kevin De Bruyne

The last name on our list for the best attacking midfielders in 2021 is the Belgian player of the Citizens,

Kevin De Bruyne

. He plays as a shadow striker in the attacking midfielder position.

 In the previous season, this brilliant footballer played in 25 Premier League games, 8 UCL, 4 EFL, and 3 FA Cup matches, scoring 10 goals and providing 18 assists. In the current season, has kicked the ball in 11 league matches, 5 Champions League, and 2 EFL Cup games with 5 goals and 1 assist.

Kevin De Bruyne started playing football at KVV Drongen. He also played for Gent and Genk at the youth level. In 2008, the senior career of this Belgian player started and he kicked the ball for Genk until 2012. Then he signed with Chelsea and was loaned to

Werder Bremen

in the 2012/13 season. He went back to Chelsea in the 2013/14 season and then moved to

VfL Wolfsburg

, where he spent the 2014/15 season. Since 2015, De Bruyne has been playing for Man City.

Kevin De Bruyne, who is one of the best midfielders in 2021, has won 1 Belgian Pro League, 1 Belgian Cup, and 1 Belgian Super Cup with Genk, 1 DFB Pokal and 1 DFL Super Cup with Werder Bremen, and 3 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 5 EFL Cup, and 1 FA Community Shield with the Citizens.

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