The best teams in the world are known for their ability to pass the ball confidently in the oppositions half. Possession in the attacking half of the pitch is always dangerous to the opposition as one mistake can lead to direct chance at goal. In the Premier League that is known for its directness, the passes in the final third impact the game to a huge extent.
In this article we will take a look at the players with the highest number of successful passes in the final third so far this season.
1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 239
Hazard has not been in the best form this season and has looked far for comfortable playing down the flank. He is usually hard to contend with and more often than not gets the better of his opposition. However, his dip in form has led to his team losing the plot this season and the Belgian should soon find his feet to get his club back on track. Even in such a patch of form, Hazard has produced the most number of passes in the final third with 239 passes to his name.
2. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 220
The veteran Spaniard has also lost a bit of touch and has looked exhausted in the few matches he has played so far this season. He has completed 220 passes in the opposition’s attacking front but has barely been able to give Chelsea a scoring opportunity that they can rely on. Fabregas is known for his vision and his accuracy in passing and he will have to find it again to pull Chelsea out of the dump.
3. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – 219
With just a pass less than Fabreagas, Cazorla is in the third place in this list with 219 passes to his name in the final third. Cazorla has been one of the brightest stars for the Gunners this season. He has already shown his skill and quick feet in the games he has played and has been a thorn in the opponents plans every time he has the ball at his feet. If he can keep up the good work, Arsenal may well find success at the end of the season.
4. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 210
The German International Mesut Ozil, has found his lost form from last season. He has arguably been the most consistent players for Arsene Wenger this season. He has the ability to find a team mate from impossible angles and has shown his skill more than once already. He has the potential of giving his club a memorable season this time around. He has completed 210 passes in the final third so far this season.
5. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 177
Yet another Arsenal player, Aaron Ramsey has been played at an un familiar position down the flank but has not failed to impress. He along with his team mates have had a good start at least to the domestic season and will be hoping to continue their dominance for months to come. Ramsey has linked well with all his fellow players and has helped Arsenal control the tempo in most of the games. He has completed 177 passes in the attacking third this season.
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