Who Was The Top Passer In The Premier League Last Season?

Using EA SPORTS data, we have taken a look at the following data. Chelsea may not have got the result that they were after against Manchester United on Sunday, but one Blues player who featured in the match surpassed another rival to take his place at the top of the Premier League table in one particularly category.

It may not be a trait that he is particularly well known for, but after he completed 46 passes against the Red Devils, César Azpilicueta overtook Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson to become the player who has completed the most passes in the league this season, as data courtesy of EA SPORTS shows:

player Position Passes Attempted Passes Completed Passing Accuracy %
César Azpilicueta Defender 2028 1777 87.62%
Jordan Henderson Midfielder 2057 1767 85.90%
Paul Pogba Midfielder 2070 1763 85.17%
N’Golo Kanté Midfielder 1899 1686 88.78%
Ander Herrera Midfielder 1853 1629 87.91%
Granit Xhaka Midfielder 1793 1591 88.73%
David Silva Midfielder 1816 1590 87.56%
Fernandinho Midfielder 1759 1517 86.24%
Harry Arter Midfielder 1694 1483 87.54%
James Milner Midfielder 1847 1475 79.86%

 

As the above data shows, César Azpilicueta is now the top passer in the Premier League, having completed an impressive 1,777 passes so far this year. The feat is particularly impressive, when you consider that all other players in the top ten are traditionally classed as midfielders (though Liverpool’s James Milner has operated for much of the season at left back). The Latest suggest that César Azpilicueta will once again be the top passer next season.

The data above also shows that the Spaniard is not wasteful in possession, as his overall passing accuracy is better than both Henderson’s and Pogba’s, and of the top ten players who have co-+96+3.36

completed the most passes, he sits fourth when it comes to passing accuracy, having completed 87.62% of the passes that he’s attempted.

Player Position Passes Completed in Opposition Half Successful passes in opposition half %
Paul Pogba Midfielder 1191 82.54%
David Silva Midfielder 1168 86.07%
Mesut Özil Midfielder 1132 85.63%
Eden Hazard Midfielder 1033 83.44%
Granit Xhaka Midfielder 1027 86.52%
N’Golo Kanté Midfielder 996 87.68%
Christian Eriksen Midfielder 993 77.76%
Jordan Henderson Midfielder 987 81.17%
Ander Herrera Midfielder 985 84.40%
James Milner Midfielder 944 76.75%
Fernandinho Midfielder 930 83.48%
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder 910 79.13%
Nathaniel Clyne Defender 880 81.41%
César Azpilicueta Defender 877 85.64%
Harry Arter Midfielder 841 84.44%
Mousa Dembélé Midfielder 835 91.96%
Roberto Firmino Forward 827 77.29%
Alexis Sánchez Forward 826 70.90%
Ross Barkley Midfielder 819 80.22%
Victor Wanyama Midfielder 796 84.41%

The above data shows that Azpilicueta still fares impressively when it comes to passes completed in the opposition half too, completing the fourteenth most passes of any player in the Premier League and the second most of any defender (behind Nathaniel Clyne).

What is particularly impressive though, is that of the above list, the former Marseille man has the fifth highest pass accuracy when it comes to passes in the opposition half, having completed 85.64% of the passes that he’s attempted – showing that he isn’t just thriving at passing the ball to his fellow defenders.

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.