#10. James Milner
A career that started at the age of 16, James Milner is one of the most experienced players in the Premier League. Now at Liverpool, the English midfielder has crafted a reputation of one of the most hard working players in the game. He may not be the most technically gifted players available to Jurgen Klopp but through sheer determination and tireless running means that he epitomizes the gegenpressen philosophy at Anfield.
#9. Ander Herrera
The Spain international has become a fan favorite at Old Trafford ever since he arrived at Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao a couple of years back. A tireless runner and someone who is more than happy to do the dirty work for the cause, Herrera has become an integral member of the team’s starting XI under Jose Mourinho who trust the Spaniard’s ability to fill in the gaps for his team whenever needed.
#8. Sven Bender
A few years ago, Germany international, Sven Bender was forced to play as a defender during Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League outing with Napoli. For most part, the midfielder sported a broken and bloodied nose but never once asked to be substituted. While the technically superior players around him receive all the plaudits, Bender simply does what he does best – working heard, running tirelessly for the cause and not once getting annoyed for not getting as much adulation as he deserves. A true unsung hero, Bender is the life force around which BVB thrive.
#7. Aaron Ramsey
A truly dynamic midfielder, the Welshman can play almost anywhere in the middle of the park. And although he may not be as classy as the likes of Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez on the ball, the former Cardiff player is one of the most hardworking players in the league. Constantly helping his team in defense and making sure that loose ends are taken care of, the Wales international is a player managers grow to trust easily, A true team player, Ramsey has proven that through sheer persistence and hard work, a player can enjoy life at the top levels of professional football on a regular basis.
#6. Blaise Matuidi
The France international is not the glamorous player like his teammates at Paris Saint-Germain but we’re sure that the former AS Saint-Etienne man has an extra pair of lungs which is why he can keep on running throughout games and make a nuisance of himself. One of the finest box to box midfielders of the current era, Matuidi is a terrific tackler and will even run for lost causes.
#5. N’Golo Kante
Once Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said that Kante would one day put a cross in the box and receive a header from his own cross. Such is the tenacity of this French midfielder that he has become one of the fittest players in the league. Blessed with excellent stamina, Kante helped the Foxes to an historic league title before leaving for Chelsea where he has done what he does best, looking after his teammates and protecting the midfield in a way that has not been seen since the retirement of Claude Makelele.