Three Premier League stars feature in European through-ball list…
fanatix runs down the five players in European football that have played more accurate through balls than any other so far this season…
5) Rafael – Manchester United – 3 accurate through balls
The only defensive player on the list, United fullback Rafael has made three accurate through balls for his more attacking teammates already this season. The 23-year-old prides himself on his ability going forward, as this stat suggests.
4) Coutinho – Liverpool – 3 accurate through balls
Liverpool have relied on their young Brazilian playmaker Coutinho to be the creative influence on the side during Luis Suarez’s ban – and he hasn’t disappointed, helping the Reds to three wins from three this season, playing three accurate through balls in the process.
3) David Silva – Manchester City – 3 accurate through balls
City’s brilliant Spaniard was not at his best last season, but will likely be integral to new boss Manuel Pellegrini’s Sky Blue team. The mercurial playmaker, like his Premier League rival Coutinho, has played three accurate through balls already this term.
2) Francesco Totti – AS Roma – 4 accurate through balls
The veteran Italian has started the season in top form under new boss Rudi Garcia, playing four accurate through balls already. Totti is blessed with a wonderful vision and technical ability that helps him slide onrushing teammates through on goal.
1) Cesc Fabregas – Barcelona – 6 accurate through balls
Arguably, no player in Europe has started the season better than Manchester United’s summer target Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has assisted four goals, made 12 key passes, and made six accurate through balls already. With Xavi approaching his 34th birthday, Fabregas will become Barcelona’s integral creative influence behind Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Stats courtesy of whoscored.