Playing ‘in the hole’ in football – that central attacking midfield area – is perhaps one of the most difficult positions to fill.
Endless energy, your head on a swivel and an eye for accurate passing are just three of the numerous attributes needed to effectively play the position.
Not many do it well and those that do are a valuable commodity to their clubs, and the list of the five top chance creators in Europe’s top five league last season from ‘in the hole’ is filled with top superstars.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard topped the rankings, making 70 goalscoring chances from the central areas of his opponent’s half in the Premier League last season. The Belgian’s efforts were vital to the Blues winning the English top flight.
Lionel Messi comes in second for Barcelona with 68 chances made. The Argentinian was once again a vital aspect of his side’s push for glory but the Catalans failed to win La Liga last campaign.
Third on the list is Roberto Firmino of Liverpool. The Brazilian created 64 opportunities from central areas in the Premier League last season, an impressive figure given his changing role under Jurgen Klopp, and one that shows how important he is to the side.
Napoli’s Marek Hamsik comes in fourth with 60 while Barcelona get another representative in the top five as Luis Suarez comes in fifth with 57.