Manchester City ace has played more passes than anyone in the league so far this year…
5) Ramires – Chelsea – 266 passes
The Brazilian has cemented the holding midfield spot ahead of John Obi Mikel at Chelsea, and provides a solid platform for Frank Lampard to get forward and arrive on the edge of the box. Ramires has completed 266 passes for Chelsea already this season, and seems to have adapted well from a box-to-box midfielder into an anchorman.
4) Kyle Walker – Tottenham – 273 passes
The only player on this list who isn’t a central midfielder, Walker has the opportunity to pass the ball regularly and be involved in play because he is always so high up the pitch. While this is great for Spurs when they;re trying to break down weaker sides, he can sometimes go missing defensively.
3) Michael Carrick – Manchester United – 277 passes
United’s dictator, Carrick has been at the top of the passing tables for seasons, and looks set to be there or there abouts this term under new boss David Moyes. The midfield metronome controls the tempo at Old Trafford, and is extremely underrated.
2) Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal – 309 passes
The Welshman is very quickly becoming one of Arsenal’s key players. Supporters were perhaps quick to judge Ramsey after he returned from his leg break last season, but he now seems to be developing into the player Arsene Wenger always hoped he would. Somehow outshined the brilliant Mesut Ozil against Sunderland at the weekend, which is no mean feat.
1) Yaya Toure – Manchester City – 340 passes.
The giant Ivorian is known more for his brute strength and physical dominance – but under new boss Manuel Pellegrini, Toure has played over 340 passes in the deep-lying midfield role next to Fernandinho or Jack Rodwell. On top of this, he’s scored two brilliant freekicks, and will be key to City’s title aspirations this term.