1) Manchester City - David Silva - Yaya Toure
Cost - 25M + 25M = 50M
David Silva makes them tick, Yaya Toure provides the anchor. A great combination up there with the best in the world. The most important thing with City however is the strength in depth. Milner, Barry, De Jong and Nasri are likely to jump at the chance at a chance to play some football. This means that City players have no room for slip ups, the constant pressure keeps them performing every game (without any help im sure form the sizeable pay cheques).
David Silva 2011/2012 - Games - 14 Goals - 4 Assists -8
2) Tottenham Hotspur - Scott Parker - Luka Modric - Rafael Van Der Vaart
Cost - 5.5M + 16.5M + 8M = 30M
The signing of Scott Parker has proved, so far, to be an outstanding piece of business from Arry Redknapp. He provides the anchor, that solid base of the midfield that spurs can rely on. Modric is the playmaker, although I have to say his stats don't show it. I saw a stat that says he has the same number of assists as Thomas Vermaelen this season, and less goals. He is a technically good player with a great pass, maybe overrated slightly in the press but none the less, Spurs did marvellously to keep him. Van Der Vaart scores the goals. Again, another good piece of business from Arry. Quite injury prone, but in his form he is up there with one of the Premier Leagues best.
Luka Modric 2011/2012 - Games - 11 Goals - 1 Assists - 2
3) Newcastle United - Yohan Cabaye - Cheick Tiote
Cost - 4.5M + 3.5M = 8M
Newcaslte have been in exceptional form of late, and a huge reason for this is the midfield Alan Pardew has brought to St. James Park (or whatever they've gone and called it now). Cabaye was an absolutely brilliant acquisition for the price that Newcastle paid. Some Newcastle fans wondered how Joey Barton could be replaced and Cabaye ticks every box and more. Tiote is one of the Premierships most comitted defensive midfielders. There is no surprise about the rumours of big money bids from clubs like Chelsea, showing how hes come on in the last few seasons.
Yohan Cabaye 2011/2012 - Games - 14 Goals - 1 Assists - 1
4) Arsenal - Alex Song - Mikel Arteta - Aaron Ramsey
Cost - 1M + 10M + 4.8M= 15.8M
This midfield has the perfect balance. Song provides the defensive platform. Arteta (playing in Wilsheres position) supplies Aaron Ramsey and spreads the ball wide. Aaron Ramsey takes the creative burden from Cesc Fabreagas. This is all without the star of the show, Jack Wilshere, out injured. Ramsey is finally starting to step up after his horrific leg break, the regular playing time has done him the world of good and he looks to be thriving behind Robin Van Persie. The other two go more easily un-noticed, yet their roles are equally as vital as the rest of the teams. Arteta, in particular has settled phenomenally at Arsenal, and is starting to find his groove. Song does his job efficiently and effectively, breaking up play in front of the back four.
Aaron Ramsey 2011/2012 - Games - 13 Goals - 1 Assists - 4