Every Premier League club’s most creative players

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 7:28 - Sarah Winterburn

All of the statistics are chances created per 90 and we have ruled out anybody who has played less than 400 minutes of Premier League football this season…

 

Arsenal
Willian 1.8
Emile Smith Rowe 1.7
Dani Ceballos 1.5

Willian is quickly becoming Arsenal’s scapegoat, and with good reason. He is a sign of a broken club, offering a long deal to an ageing winger that has nudged his way ahead of Gabriel Martinelli in the pecking order despite lacking the pace to beat a defender and lacking the creativity to account for the lack of speed’ – Daniel Storey, Winners and Losers.

Nonsense. It turns out Willian is Arsenal’s best hope.

 

Aston Villa
Jack Grealish 3.6
Ross Barkley 2.3
Anwar El Ghazi 1.6

It’s little wonder that Aston Villa beat Arsenal on Saturday. Nobody has created more chances in the Premier League than Grealish this season.

 

Brighton
Pascal Gross 3
Leandro Trossard 2.1
Adam Lallana 1.6

Gross and Trossard have four PL assists each this season; no other Seagull has more than one. If they had a better-than-average striker they would be a top-eight side.

 

Burnley
Ashley Westwood 1.8
Ashley Barnes 1.3
Dwight McNeil 1.1

A real drop in productivity from McNeil this season means that the old stagers once again lead the way. Hence, nobody has scored fewer goals than Burnley this season.

 

Chelsea
Mason Mount 2.8
Callum Hudson-Odoi 2.7
Hakim Ziyech 2.6

The challenge for Thomas Tuchel is finding a way to get all three on the pitch at the same time; the wing-back system might just be the answer. With Liverpool wobbling, this depth of creativity (allied with new-found defensive stability barring the occasional brain-fart) could earn Chelsea a top-four place.

 

Crystal Palace
Eberechi Eze 1.6
Andros Townsend 1.5
Michy Batshuayi 1.3

Finally, Palace have a plan that does not have to include Wilf Zaha. It’s just not a great plan.

 

Everton
James Rodriguez 2.1
Gylfi Sigurdsson 1.9
Lucas Digne 1.7

That’s a lot of ‘aiming the ball at the head of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’ but you cannot deny that it works.

 

Fulham
Tom Cairney 2
Ademola Lookman 1.9
Kenny Tete 1.7

They had 20 shots without scoring a goal against West Ham on Saturday. The problem is clearly not chance creation.

 

Leeds United
Rodrigo 2.1
Mateusz Klich/Raphinha/Jack Harrison 1.9

For a newly promoted side, this is exceptionally adventurous football. How long can they keep hold of Raphinha?

 

Leicester City
James Maddison 2.4
Ayoze Perez 1.9
Marc Albrighton 1.5

Maddison has been making a case for an England recall but the bad news is that there are English footballers in even better form.

 

Liverpool
Xherdan Shaqiri 2.5
Sadio Mane 1.9
Trent Alexander-Arnold/Andrew Robertson 1.7

Ah, so that’s why Jurgen Klopp brought on Shaqiri against Manchester City; neither Thiago nor Mo Salah has created a single chance in the last two Liverpool games.

Even Willian might get in this Liverpool side right now.

 

Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne 3.5
Riyad Mahrez 2.5
Phil Foden 2

They’re pretty bloody good, you know. We’re happy to crown them champions after that 4-1 win over Liverpool without their best creator and their best goalscorer.

 

Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes 3.2
Luke Shaw 2.2
Alex Telles 1.8

It’s just a shame that Manchester United are risking Bruno Fernandes’ exit in about five years by being pessimistic about their title chances. Or something. Plus, Luke Shaw has really improved.

 

Newcastle United
Ryan Fraser 2.5
Matt Ritchie 2.2
Miguel Almiron/Jonjo Shelvey 1.4

Fraser can count himself unlucky to be dropped after creating seven chances against Crystal Palace last week. But it went quite well without him against Southampton.

 

Sheffield United
John Fleck 1.4
John Lundstram/Oliver Norwood/Oliver McBurnie/Oliver Burke 1.3

That’s more Olivers than chances.

 

Southampton
James Ward-Prowse 1.6
Che Adams 1.3
Stuart Armstrong 1.1

Just one of many reasons why Southampton are staring at five Premier League defeats in a row.

 

Tottenham
Son Heung-Min/Giovani Lo Celso 1.9
Harry Kane 1.6

The worrying thing for Spurs fans is that no other regular comes in above the one-chance-per-90 mark. And Lo Celso is injured.

 

West Brom
Matheus Pereira 2
Matt Phillips 1.6
Filip Krovinovic 0.8

Let’s face it, they’re f***ed.

 

West Ham
Ryan Fredericks 2.5
Said Benrahma/Aaron Cresswell 1.5

There’s a reason they signed Jesse Lingard.

 

Wolves
Pedro Neto 2.2
Adama Traore 2
Joao Moutinho 1.6

Tenth in the shots-per-game rankings but only four teams have scored fewer goals this Premier League season. Oh how they miss Raul Jimenez.

 

 

 

 

 

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