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"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" Before you fall off your chair or stool or other comfortable piece of convenient furniture, please allow me to explain why I decided to copy Supreme Leader Snoke's catchphrase for this article. Please allow me, I would hate it if you would combust because of anger or excitement. Calmate hijo, or well, hija.
There's a new important breed of midfielders in Europe, and especially in Bundesliga, that has emerged during the last few seasons. While the defensive playmaker has caught the eye of the hipster, I have found another role in midfield which light hasn't yet reached even the hipster's eyes. However, I am a self-proclaimed self-proclaimer and I proclaimed myself an überhipster some time ago. Nobody seemed to argue. The new breed of midfielders makes every team tick. It isn't necessarily the defensive playmaker, regista or whatever it's called, that makes teams tick, but perhaps even more this new breed that has emerged recently. For now, forget about players like Julian Weigl, Toni Kroos, Granit Xhaka and Claudio Marchisio and concentrate on the other player in midfield, his stalwart and everlasting companion.
This type of midfielder isn't a box-to-box midfielder, neither is he a defensive- or an attacking midfielder of any kind. He's just something in-between. This very thing is what makes him so exhillerating. Let me explain what this player does on the pitch. He runs up and down, chases balls, presses everywhere he can on the pitch and often ends up having run the most of all players on it. Sounds like a box-to-box? Well, he has the attributes to be a box-to-box, but this player mixes that up with playmaking. He can stay back and dictate play if he likes and he often does, but after having dictated play, he often helps in attack and chips in with an assist or a goal. Moreover, he is always an alternative for the wingers and the wing backs, he is always an alternative for the other central midfielder as well as for the centre back as he is everywhere at once. While his stamina is important, it's often his technical ability that makes him shine on the pitch. It's often hidden, or lost and just recently found, but it is what makes it possible for him to dictate everything while still being extremely confident with having the ball and dribbling. His dribbling and technique is more important to this type than to the defensive playmaker, because this type might have to transport the ball between defence and attack to create a chance for his team. That's why this player is one of the most important, he can often create a chance on his own or at least create the lead-up to a chance on his own.
Often contributing pre-assists, he's rarely in the limelight, but when he scores the goals are often spectacular or down to his personal ability that sometimes shines through and makes the hipsters go wild. To explain further and to make you understand even more, here's the top three of this kind in Bundesliga.
1. Gonzalo Castro.
He can play anywhere in midfield, but is quick, technically able and runs play without us even recognizing it. His understanding for football is deep enough for him to know his role and to execute it perfectly. Castro has caught the eye of most Bundesliga fanatics this season with his astute performances and will most certainly remain an important part of Tuchel's build.
2. Vladimir Darida.
Not even Nasa could have kept my love for this player a secret as I have rambled on about him for a few years now, but without him Hertha Berlin wouldn't have been this good, nor would they have reached Europa League last season. His immense workrate and understanding makes him the complete midfielder as he can both defend really well and has a powerful right foot.
3. Charles Aranguiz.
At Leverkusen he teams up with a defensive playmaker in Julian Baumgartlinger and Aranguiz flourishes alongside that kind of a player. His workrate and technique makes him a real magiciaan in midfield as he runs up and down the pitch and helps out in all ways necessary. One of editor Ali's favourite players.
Basically, a really clever and technically able box-to-box midfielder. What shall we call it? Maybe it already has a name. If you know the name of this type of player, please send me a message on social media. Sadly, my imagination is running a bit low so can't come up with some amazing name for the type. Help.
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