Want to know who the ten best players with the ball at their feet at present in the Premier League, well not to worry as here we reveal their identity with the help of stats-based website www.whoscored.com based on the number of successful solo runs achieved in the top flight so far in this campaign …
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10) Ravel Morrison (West Ham United): 2.1 Successful Dribbles Per Premier League Game (SDs)
The England playmaker has proved himself to be an absolute revelation for the Hammers so far in this campaign, especially in the first half 0f the season where in the east London club’s trip to take on arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, the 21-year-old managed to score one of the contenders for Goal of the Season after a solo run that began on the halfway line.
9) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool): 2.1 SDs
The Merseyside giants’ impish midfield creator his currently enjoying an eye-catching campaign for Brendan Rodgers’s side, with much that is good for the Reds coming from the boot of the Brazilian, and as Arsenal recently found out to their cost, Coutinho also knows how to take on and beat an opponent too when he wants to.
8) Craig Noone (Cardiff City): 2.5 SDs
What an impressive season the 26-year-old is enjoying at present, despite the South Wales club’s struggles to avoid being relegated back to the Championship at the first time of asking, with the winger having without doubt been one of, if not the, best Bluebirds players on display to date in the top flight.
7) Ross Barkley (Everton): 2.5 SDs
The new England star has already demonstrated a refreshing approach to life in the Premier League so far this season with his willingness to take on and beat opposition players whenever he has the ball, and so it is no great surprise to see the playmaker’s name appear in this top 10 list.
6) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool): 2.6 SDs
What an impression the young England flyer has made since Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers brought him back into the first-team reckoning in the first half of the campaign, with the wide man being successful with 2.6 dribbles per Premier League match in this season.
5) Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United): 2.7 SDs
Although the mercurial Frenchman may not always be a regular starter for the north-east giants, when the wide man just get called upon by Magpies head coach Alan Pardew he is never afraid to run at the opposition with the ball at his feet, which the player has done on average on 2.7 occasions in every Premier League match so far this season.
4) Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur): 2.7 SDs
The skilful Belgium international is renowned for his brilliant dribbling skills, which the midfielder is always keen to show off whatever the match situation, which Dembele has tried 2.7 times a game in the top flight for the north London club to date.
3) Luis Suarez (Liverpool): 2.9 SDs
I suppose that the only real surprise is that that world-class Uruguay attacker does not feature higher up in this top 10 list, however, the Premier League’s top scorer has been equally dangerous when with the ball at his feet, with Suarez loving nothing better than to go on a mazy solo run at the heart of the opposition’s back line.
2) Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur): 3.6 SDs
No great shock to see the name of the England international appearing here, especially given the season that the winger has had to date for the north Londoners, with the one constant being Townsend’s eye-catching ability to take the ball under pressure and then beat his man for pace and trickery down the line.
1) Eden Hazard (Chelsea): 3.7 SDs
Perhaps the most in-form player currently in the Premier League, and what makes the 23-year-old starlet so dangerous is his willingness to dribble at opponents, which the Belgium international has done on more occasions on average than any other player in the entire top flight so far this season.