The 10 Best Dribblers in the Premier League
The Premier League has recently seen a long stream of talented players coming in from all over the world. But who are the top 10 dribblers in the league at the moment?
Some of the most notable players who missed out on a place in the list include already-established stars Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Lukas Podolski and Gareth Bale.
The slideshow has been completely based on statistical data, which has been taken from WhoScored.com.
Continue reading and find out who are the top 10 dribblers in the English Premier League.
Team: Manchester City
Average dribbles per game: 1.3
Although a great technician with the ball at his feet, Sergio Aguero has slightly underperformed in the first few months of the campaign, making a mere 1.3 dribbles per match.
However, his mazy runs and forward surges should not be underestimated. The Argentinian is completely unplayable on his day.
Average dribbles per game: 1.5
Stephane Sessegnon is a fantastic dribbler, but the Sunderland midfielder has a tendency to overdo things himself and sometimes hold onto the ball for far too long, which usually results in losing possession.
Nevertheless, it's fair to say his dribbling skills are unmatched in Sunderland.
Average dribbles per game: 1.6
Although Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal just this summer, the Spanish international has taken no time to adjust himself to the Premier League.
Time and time again, Cazorla has been the best player on the pitch, and even when that wasn't the case, he was still the best Arsenal player on the field.
Arsene Wenger has unearthed a real gem in Cazorla and has finally found a player who can replace Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park.
Team: Liverpool FC
Average dribbles per game: 1.9
Raheem Sterling is the only teenager and the only Englishman who makes the list.
Ever since breaking into the first team under new manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, the teenage sensation has continually performed well.
His lightning-quick feet combined with fearlessness to take on several opposing defenders have earned him multiple praise. The 17-year-old is one of the most talented youngsters to have emerged from the Premier League in recent times.
Average dribbles per game: 2.1
Similarly to Cazorla, Eden Hazard joined the English Premier League last summer in another big-money transfer. Similarly to Cazorla, Hazard has taken the Premier League by storm.
The Belgian international is one of those rare players who can make any game unpredictable and enjoyable with his extraordinary pace and mesmerising technical ability.
Alongside Juan Mata and Oscar, Hazard now forms one of the most potent attacking triumvirates in Europe.
Team: Queens Park Rangers
Average dribbles per game: 2.8
Even though QPR have struggled mightily in the Premier League this season, there's one player in their team who has regularly overshadowed his teammates. That is, of course, Adel Taarabt.
Comparisons can easily be made between Taarabt and Sessegnon—both have majestic dribbling skills, a tendency to be selfish and temperamental characters.
It's pretty obvious Taarabt has overgrown QPR and it's only a matter of time before his desire for European football takes him to a bigger club.
Team: Liverpool FC
Average dribbles per game: 3.2
Brendan Rodgers clearly knows how to get the best out of his attackers.
After only 12 games played, Luis Suarez is already just one goal shy of equalling his record from last season of 11 Premier League goals.
However, Suarez is not your typical forward. The Uruguayan often drops deep to start attacks and has recently shown a tendency to nutmeg his opponents.
All in all, Suarez is probably the most unpredictable player in the league at the moment—at times, he can dribble past the defender with ease, fall down after the slightest of contacts and score outrageous goals from outside the 20-yard box.
Team: Manchester United
Average dribbles per game: 3.4
Strangely enough, Antonio Valencia is the only Manchester United player on the list.
United's No. 7 has a particular tricky style of play, full of flair, which coupled with his crossing and passing abilities, makes him one of the best Ecuadorian players ever.
Injuries have long troubled the Ecuadorian international, but now he finally seems to be fulfilling his immense potential.
How good was Valencia in the first few months of the 2012/13 campaign? Well, good enough to keep the likes of Ashley Young and Nani on the bench.
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Average dribbles per game: 4.1
After seeing Moussa Dembele complete his switch to Tottenham, Martin Jol, the manager of Fulham, admitted (via ESPN), "Dembele is probably the best player on the ball I've ever seen, and we lost him."
The 25-year-old is a powerful, yet incredibly technically gifted playmaker.
However, Dembele is much more than just another ridiculously talented dribbler. The Belgian is an all-around player with amazing tackling ability and admirable defensive contribution.
Now you know why Tottenham spent £15 million on Dembele.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Team: Newcastle United
Average dribbles per game: 5.1
Hatem Ben Arfa is probably the most underrated player in the English Premier League.
Since the start of the season, Ben Arfa has successfully dribbled past his opponent 61 times. Just to put it into perspective, Lionel Messi has completed 40 and Cristiano Ronaldo has only 12 successful dribbles in the league.
However, that comes at a price—significantly poor defensive contributions are slowly becoming a trademark of his style.
There you have it. The 10 best dribblers in the league.
According to the statistics, Ben Arfa is the best, most in-form dribbler in England.
But what do you think? Who should or shouldn't have been included in the list? Who really is the best dribbler in the Premier League?
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