A revolution in Premier League tactics in the previous two seasons have allowed midfielders to flourish like never before.
Number 10s; wingers; wide players in a front three – footballers have been given the freedom to exploit defences from a number of positions, with the results reaping the rewards.
So, who has made RealSport’s top five midfielders of the 2017/18 season?
5 Leroy Sane
With rapid pace and fantastic delivery, 22-year-old Leroy Sane has taken like a duck to water in the Premier League.
Showcasing his talent on the left flank of City's dynamic front three, Sane has left some of the world's best right backs in his shadow.
Stats rarely lie. With ten goals and fifteen assists in this campaign, the German has been virtually un-droppable in the latter half of the season; a feat not to be scoffed at when analysing the depth of the Man City squad.
Sane is primed and ready for the World Cup campaign in Russia, where he is expected to start in a similar role. However, his attacking freedom may be compromised slightly with more of a focus on defensive duties than under Pep Guardiola.
4 Christian Eriksen
Eriksen's class often flies under the radar. Cool, calm, precise and effective on the ball, Tottenham's great Dane has had another exceptional season in the heart of the midfield.
Joint fifth in the league with ten assists, Eriksen has been hugely influential in the exceptional seasons enjoyed by Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Without missing a Premier League minute in the final fourteen games of the season, the 26-year-old has become one of Mauricio Pochettino's first names on the team sheet.
His eleven goals came at crucial times as well, contributing to wins over Chelsea, Manchester United and a brace at Stoke.
3 David Silva
Mr. Consistency, David Silva has produced quality in the heart of the Man City midfield year-after-year.
Hampered by personal issues this season, Silva has been in and out of the side frequently. However, when he has played his quality has been mesmerising.
His ability to float in between the lines, and unpick the locks of the most competent defences has continued to prove an integral part of Manchester City's success over the past eight seasons since his arrivals.
His stats aren't bad either: nine goals and 11 assists. There is so much more to Silva's game than the end product, however.
Still, at the tender age of 32, Silva's career doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. His game has never relied on pace, so expect more of the same in seasons to come.
2 Kevin De Bruyne
Combining exquisite touch with brute power, Belgium's 'KDB' has developed into a perfect Premier League footballer.
Bringing a fluidity to City's title-winning side, the transition of defence into attack flows seamlessly under the watchful eye of the 26-year-old.
Winning the Premier League assists tally with 16, De Bruyne's long pass to Gabriel Jesus in the closing minutes of the season epitomised the impact he has had this season - that pass unpicking the lock to the 100 point marker.
1 Mohamed Salah
Where do we start?
A record-breaking 32 goals in a 38-game season, the Egyptian magician has twisted, turned and traumatised defences from the opening whistle of the 2017/18 season.
Utilising the attacking philosophy that Jurgen Klopp has implemented at Anfield, Salah has thrived off his partnership with Firmino and Sane, aiding twelve assists in the process.
Salah has scooped all the notable end-of-season awards, including the golden boot; RealSport's top midfielder must rank somewhere in the upper-echelons of his achievements...
The Champions League final awaits Salah in a fortnight's time - the potential cherry on the cherry, on the cherry... of an already iced cake.
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