In the Premier League, you need creativity to be able to compete.
English football has moved away from its previous reputation of being overly physical and is now becoming increasingly tactical, with the division’s top sides relying heavily upon their creative players.
A good playmaker will act as the link between defence and offense, controlling the game in the opposing third and seeking out killer passes to split defences and start attacks.
These players can often be the difference between league titles and heartbreak or survival and relegation; if a team lacks an effective creator it is usually reflected in their goal return.
The Premier League’s top bracket of creative talent includes some of the finest passers in world football who are invaluable assets to their teammates, managers and supporters.
Starsport takes a look at the ten most influential players in the division based on their average number of key passes per game (KPPG).
10 – Willian (KPPG: 1.9)
Controversial winger Willian has hit form again
Since joining Chelsea from Russian side Anzhi in the summer of 2013, Willian has established himself as one of the club’s most influential attacking players.
The Brazilian has rediscovered his form after being subject to criticism from sections of the Blues’ support over the last couple of seasons, amassing eight goal contributions in 24 Premier League appearances this campaign – averaging one every three matches.
Although he has passed his peak at the age of 31, he still offers a lot to Frank Lampard’s side who will be hoping he can continue to provide opportunities as they fight for Champions League qualification.
9 – Mesut Ozil (KPPG: 2.1)
Ozil’s playmaking abilities are among the best in the division
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