Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Manchester City's Jesus Navas are the three best attacking midfielders in Europe in 2015

Statistics from the CIES Football Observatory show English trio at the top

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Premier League trio Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil and Jesus Navas have been found to be the three top performing attacking midfielders in Europe since the turn of the year.

Chelsea's Hazard and Arsenal's Ozil have both scored 100 in the CIES Football Obervatory's latest performance rankings, while Manchester City winger Navas scored 86.

He is slightly ahead of Premier League flops Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) and Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) who round out the top five.

Navas' team-mate David Silva also makes the top 10, while Arsenal's Santi Cazorla is joint-11th.

The rankings are decided by six 'key performance indicators' - rigour, recovery, distribution, take on, chance creation and shooting.

According to the Football Observatory, Gael Clichy is the top full-back in Europe since the turn of the year - also scoring 100 - while Pablo Zabaleta has been fifth. City team-mate Martin Demichelis has been the second best centre-back after Emir Spahic of Bayer Leverkusen.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are also in the top 10 centre-backs, but there is not much English representation elsewhere.

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Tottenham's Harry Kane are rated as the fifth-best strikers, behind Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, Wolfsburg's Bas Dost and Luis Suarez.

Cristiano Ronaldo ranks way down in 29th in the list of best strikers.

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