Every Premier League club’s most creative players

Date published: Tuesday 10th November 2020 8:05 - Sarah Winterburn

All of the statistics are chances created per 90 and we have ruled out anybody who has played less than 120 minutes of Premier League football this season…


Dani Ceballos 1.8
Willian 1.4
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1.3

So of course Ceballos has started exactly half Arsenal’s games as Mikel Arteta’s quest for defensive solidity sees him inexplicably drawn to the magnetic qualities of Mo Elneny, found down the back of the sofa. As a result, Arsenal’s attack is simply not functioning.


Aston Villa
Conor Hourihane 3.3
Ross Barkley 3
Jack Grealish 2.7

And there you were believing all the hype about Grealish being the eighth wonder of the world. Two things: 1) Poor Conor Hourihane and 2) Ross Barkley for England.


Pascal Gross 3.2
Steven Alzate 1.8
Adam Lallana 1.7

Gross, Lallana, Joel Veltman and Danny Welbeck created three chances each against Burnley on Friday; none were taken. Brighton’s strikers were one of our losers of the weekend.


Matej Vydra 1.4
Ashley Barnes 1.4
Jay Rodriguez 1.2

Worse than even Arsenal at this ‘creating chances’ lark. Not one player created more than one chance against Brighton on Friday night.


Hakim Ziyech 3.8
Callum Hudson-Odoi 2.9
Ben Chilwell 2.2

Three assists in four Premier League appearances for Ziyech, who has been a revelation. We think we love him. And he is a major reason why Chelsea could actually win the title.


Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha 1.6
Andros Townsend 1.4
Luka Milivojevic 1.2

Four goals from six shots on target v Leeds United. Reports of Palace’s demise are always exaggerated.


Bernard 2.7
James Rodriguez 2.6
Lucas Digne 1.6

That’s a lot of crossing and aiming for the head of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Digne alone attempted nine against Manchester United on Saturday.


Kenny Tete 2.8
Tom Cairney 2.1
Ademola Lookman 2.1

Cairney has created 15 chances this season and not been credited with a single assist. Fulham’s strikers will have to improve if the Scot is to avoid a third Premier League relegation.


Leeds United
Jack Harrison 2.6
Kalvin Phillips 2
Mateusz Klich 1.8

Leeds do not have a problem with creating chances. Leeds have a problem with defending.


Leicester City
James Maddison 1.7
Marc Albrighton 1.6
Timothy Castagne 0.8

Thirteen teams take more shots than Leicester, who are top of the table having scored 18 goals in eight games. Jamie Vardy that.


Mo Salah 2.6
Thiago 2
Sadio Mane 1.9

And yet some people still think Mo Salah is selfish. Oh and Trent Alexander-Arnold is on a downward trend from 2.5 (18/19) to 2.1 (19/20) to 1.7 (20/21).


Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne 3.8
Joao Cancelo 2.8
Riyad Mahrez 1.9

And now you see why Cancelo has been switched to left-back – neither Raheem Sterling nor Ferran Torres is creating chances from that flank. Shame De Bruyne is massively overrated.


Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes 3.2
Juan Mata 2.3
Marcus Rashford 1.9

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must thank the lord for Bruno Fernandes every single day.


Newcastle United
Miguel Almiron 1.6
Sean Longstaff 1.4
Jonjo Shelvey 1.2

And you wonder why Newcastle fans are pissed off. They are not demanding Champions League football, just an escape from this purgatory.


Sheffield United
John Lundstram 1.6
John Fleck 1.5
Oliver Norwood 1.3

Rhian Brewster has so far had one shot in four games for Sheffield United. This could be a long, long, long season.


Theo Walcott 2
James Ward-Prowse 1.6
Stuart Armstrong 1.2

Proof – if proof were needed – that Arsenal still miss Theo Walcott.


Giovani Lo Celso 2.9
Son Heung-Min 2.5
Harry Kane 2.3

Obviously Lo Celso cannot get a game. In fairness, Tottenham are doing rather well without him


West Brom
Matheus Pereira 1.6
Callum Robinson 1.1
Romaine Sawyers 0.8

No Pereira, no party.


West Ham
Ryan Fredericks 3.5
Aaron Cresswell 2.1
Michail Antonio 1.1

Hard to draw any conclusions other than Aaron Cresswell is a greater creative force than any one Arsenal player.


Pedro Neto 2.1
Joao Moutinho 1.8
Ruben Neves 1.5

Neto has emerged from the shadows to claim a new Wolves deal, a first Portugal call-up and creative parity with Aaron Cresswell.


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