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Best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga of 2021 so far

By Rune Gjerulff

Here are the best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga of 2021 so far, according to Kicker.

Leon Goretzka.
Leon Goretzka.Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0

Every six months, Kicker releases a ranking of the best players in the Bundesliga as well as the best German players abroad, dividing them into a number of categories.




Today, the German football magazine has released the first part of their summer rankings based on the performances in the second half of the 2020/21 season. Below, you'll find the rankings for defensive midfielders.

World Class:
None.

International Class:
1. Leon Goretzka, FC Bayern
2. Joshua Kimmich, FC Bayern
3. Maximilian Arnold, Wolfsburg
4. Marcel Sabitzer, RB Leipzig
5. Xaver Schlager, Wolfsburg
6. Jude Bellingham, Dortmund
7. Jonas Hector, FC Köln

National class:
8. Mahmoud Dahoud, Dortmund
9. Thomas Delaney, Dortmund
10. Florian Grillitsch, Hoffenheim
11. Kevin Kampl, RB Leipzig
12. Wataru Endo, Stuttgart
13. Ellyes Skhiri, FC Köln
14. Makoto Hasebe, Frankfurt



Click here to see how Kicker ranked the Bundesliga's defensive midfielders after the first half of the 2020/21 season.

Kicker's summer rankings at other positions:

Goalkeepers

Centre-backs

Full-backs


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