By Mitch Wilks
With the group stage over, we had plenty of time to digest a barrage of masterful performances in midfield.
So, what better time than now, before the round of 16, to judge the best performing midfielders? Let’s get into some power rankings.
10. Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco, -1)
For all the teams destined to become dark horses at the 2022 World Cup, Morocco has been largely overlooked.
Amrabat was instrumental in this and maintains its place in the top 10 heading into the knockout stages.
9. Mateo Kovacic (Croatia, +1)
He failed to find a goal against Belgium, but not for lack of trying.
Kovacic was once again classy for Croatia, and he is key to them going deep into the tournament once again.
8. Gavi (Spain, -5)
Gavi had a night to forget against Japan on matchday three, completely unable to put himself in the game.
He wasn’t the only one, though, and he’ll no doubt bounce back given how extremely talented he is.
7. Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands, return)
Great performance by De Jong on the third day.
Yes, it was just Qatar, but he still had to show up. As the tournament progresses you can see him continue to grow in confidence and later influence for Oranje.
6. Pedri (Spain, -)
Similar story to Gavi for Pedri against Japan.
The 20-year-old didn’t enjoy his best game but will continue to prove a key asset to La Roja during the knockout stages.
5. Jude Bellingham (England forward 3)
The sooner Gareth Southgate realizes Bellingham is England’s best midfielder, the better.
He’s still far from perfect, but trust him and he’ll fly. Absolutely dynamite.
4. Tyler Adams (USA, new entry)
The Leeds United man is putting together a very impressive tournament as captain of the USMNT.
So much so that if he can bring this level back into the domestic season, you wouldn’t be surprised to see top-tier teams smelling his services.
3. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, -1)
After a rampant performance on Matchday 2, Fernandes was eliminated as Portugl lost to South Korea.
He will watch that match thinking he could have made a difference.
2. Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina, new entry)
The Brighton man continues to excel and scored his first goal for Argentina against Poland.
Wojciech Szczesny’s low pass was the highlight of another incredibly emotional performance. His future is bright.
1. Casemiro (Brazil, -)
It’s absolutely huge, isn’t it?
For all the style Brazil has, they need a Casemiro to sweep accordingly and add some bite to the side. It does it in the best possible way. This man is thriving on the world stage.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as World Cup 2022 midfielder power ranking: matchday 3.
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