Manchester City: The pass masters of the Premier League
As we head into gameweek eight of the 2017/18 Premier League season, this selection of data courtesy of EA SPORTS is quite the eye opener, on this season’s ‘Pass Masters’.
EA SPORTS are the lead partners of the Premier League.
A hugely significant milestone has been reached by one player in particular – first to 500 passes completed – and it isn’t one of the usual candidates.
The usual suspects: David Silva, Nemanja Matic & Granit Xhaka
When looking at the data below you will see that obvious candidates such as David Silva, Nemanja Matic and Granit Xhaka appear in the top 10 passers this season.
However the top spots are particularly surprising as the players in question aren’t usually associated with the passing game.
Both men play for the same table topping side and would normally be labelled as interceptors rather than free flowing passers.
Fernandinho & Nicolas Otamendi
The number one slot is filled by none other than the ever present, 32 year old, Brazilian, Fernandinho. Manchester City’s versatile holding midfielder has completed 507 passes this season (and was the first to 500).
Fernandinho also has a pass completion percentage of 90%, which in itself is an impressive achievement.
Following hot on his heels, even more surprisingly, is Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi who boasts 504 passes completed and a slightly improved pass completion percentage of 91%.
David Silva finishes off the clean sweep of top 3 places for Manchester City, posting 499 successful passes already this season with a 89% pass completion rate.
John Stones: The most accurate passer in the Premier League
What may surprise fans further is that none of the above City players hold the title of most accurate passer in the top 10.
In fact, the data from EA SPORTS shows England and Man City centre back John Stones, known for his ability to play out from the back, has an astonishing 97% pass completion rate.
Stones has successfully found a teammate with 431 of his 446 passes this season.
The top 10 passers in the Premier League so far in 2017/2018
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.