The 2020/21 campaign is still in its infancy but it has proven an enthralling start to the season, the opening rounds of fixtures producing shocks, surprises and plenty of attacking football to feast upon.
As all good football fanatics do, we like to delve into the stats, figures and finer details, with this feature looking at the best passers of the Premier League season so far.
Retaining and recycling possession is amongst the most important aspects in football and these players can boast to be the division’s finest following the opening weeks of the campaign.
Here are the five players with the best pass completion so far this season:
Andreas Christensen – 92.8% (Chelsea)
Andreas Christensen’s career at Chelsea appeared to be stagnating somewhat following an indifferent season last term, though the Danish defender has been handed an opportunity under Frank Lampard and has started four league games so far this season.
Whilst those games have seen the west Londoners fail to keep a clean sheet – including 3-3 draws with both West Bromwich Albion and Southampton – Christensen has showcased his ability to play out from the back, completing 92.8% of his passes.
That composure and ability will likely appeal to Lampard throughout the campaign, though Chelsea’s improved defensive record in Christensen’s absence of late looks ominous for the 24-year-old’s chances of becoming a first-choice.
Yerry Mina – 93.2% (Everton)
Another defender who may not be the most popular player at his respective side, but one who has produced impressive passing statistics over the opening weeks of the season.
The Colombia international has been a regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s side as Everton have made a strong start to the campaign, winning four and drawing once in their opening seven games to sit in the Champions League places at present.
Mina was taken criticism for his perceived lack of mobility alongside Michael Keane at the heart of the defence, though he is outperforming the England international for both aerial duels won and interceptions per game, in addition to pass completion.
Rodri – 93.3% (Manchester City)
The deepest-lying midfielder in a Pep Guardiola side, Rodri is a name you would expect to find amongst the Premier League’s most successful passers in the early weeks of the season.
The Spain international has become a key component of the Manchester City midfield and is tasked with both breaking up the play and starting attacks, picking the ball up off the club’s central defenders and orchestrating the play.
No midfielder in the division can better his pass completion rate of 93.3%, with Guardiola having spoken of the improvement the 24-year-old has made since first arriving at the Etihad from Atletico Madrid last summer.
The absence of club captain Fernandinho has added further pressure to the midfielder, though he seems to be thriving in the City engine room.
Nathan Ake – 93.4% (Manchester City)
The second Manchester City player to feature on this list, Nathan Ake was signed from relegated Bournemouth during the summer with Pep Guardiola an admirer of the ball-playing centre-back.
Ake developed a glowing reputation despite playing in a struggling team at Bournemouth, his composure in possession – alongside his defensive skills – marking him out as a player who could handle a step up in quality.
The Netherlands international has made a promising start to his career at the Etihad and has played both centrally and at left-back, completing a hugely impressive 93.4% of his passes – a figure bettered by only one player across the Premier League.
Thiago Silva – 95.4% (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s summer signing stands as the Premier League’s pass master so far, the experienced centre-back making a strong start to life at Stamford Bridge.
Silva has long been regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football but opted for a new challenge at Chelsea despite recently turning 36-years-old, with Frank Lampard confident that the former Paris Saint-Germain captain is the right man to lead a defence that has struggled under his tenure so far.
The Brazilian has recovered from an error against West Bromwich Albion to impress at the heart of the defence, helping Chelsea to back-to-back clean sheets against Manchester United and Burnley in their past two Premier League fixtures.
His composure in possession has also been evident with a staggering 95.4% pass completion rate, Silva set to play a big part in the Blues’ push for silverware this season.