The top 12 most creative PL players revealed and it could be a shock for some fans

first_img 12 12 12 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 89 key passes in the final third – It was probably exactly who you expected, wasn’t it? The brilliant Belgian was superb last season and, while cutting in from the left flank, was undeniably the best player in the Premier League. The stats bear this out and crown him the most creative player in the final third last season. 12 11. Leighton Baines (Everton) – 64 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – England star Baines didn’t have a vintage campaign as the Toffees struggled for form but he was still pretty effective for Roberto Martinez’s side. 3. Stewart Downing (West Ham) – 79 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – It may come as a shock the Hammers star is so high on this list but the England international really benefitted from Sam Allardyce’s change of style last year. Downing became the focal point at Upton Park and shone. 5= Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 73 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – The ex-Arsenal man was the unrivalled assist master last year. He made 18, full seven more than closest competitor Cazorla. His effectiveness tailed off in the second half of the campaign though, as Chelsea altered their approach on the way to the Premier League title. 8= Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) – 71 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Is he really worth £49million? Sterling is only joint eighth in this list having assisted seven goals last season. Manchester City will be hoping for more from him after stumping up such a huge fee. Then again, he should be in a team with better players, so should be well placed to improve his contribution. 12 4. Jesus Navas (Manchester City)- 76 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Raheem Sterling made five less key passes in the final third than Manuel Pellegrini’s Spanish winger. The £49m may well be replacing the ex-Sevilla star but he must improve on his creativity if he is to displace him for the whole campaign. Raheem Sterling is set to join Manchester City for a huge £49million fee but just what will he add to a side which already includes a number of creative talents.Manuel Pellegrini will be expecting some bang for his bang next season as he attempts to win back the Premier League title from Chelsea.Sterling’s ability to create, as well as score, in the final third will determine his success at the Etihad Stadium.But how does the England flyer compare to the best in the Premier League in terms of creativity?talkSPORT’s friends at OPTA have crunched the numbers and we’ve picked out the top 12 players who played the most key passes in the final third.Where does Sterling rank? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12 2. David Silva (Manchester City) – 84 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – The Spanish magician is superb to watch and effective to boot. He’s been excellent playing off the left for Man City over the last five seasons but could now adopt a more central role with Sterling joining. Will it be detrimental to Silva, or will the England star complement him? 12 10. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – 66 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Signing a fairly unknown midfielder from the Netherlands for £10.9m is usually a bit of a risk but Tadic certainly proved worth the punt for the Saints. He made seven assists for Ronald Koeman’s men, including four in one match against Sunderland. 12 12 5= Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)- 73 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – Questions are always asked of players swapping La Liga for the Premier League, but Sanchez took to the English top flight like a duck to water. A hatful of goals and assists came from the Chilean and he proved well worth the reported £35m fee. 12. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) recorded 62 key passes in the final third of Premier League games in 2014/15. To find out which Prem players were even more creative last season, click the arrow above… – The German ‘assist king’ has had his ups and downs in his two years at Arsenal but in the second half of last season really turned on the style. If he can keep fit next season he could inspire a title challenge from the Gunners. 12 12 12 5= Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 73 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – If the Dane can finally becoming consistent, Spurs are going to have one hell of a player on their hands. For spells of the campaign he was a match-winner but for others was just willing runner. He still racked up the key passes, mind you. 8= Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – 71 key passes in the final third – Click right to find out the most creative Premier League player… – The Spain star was a real hit last season for the Gunners as he proved himself to be their most creative star. He made 11 assists to combine with the seven goals he scored, although several of those were from the penalty spot. last_img

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