Premier League

Who are the Premier League's 2020/21 pass masters?

As always, there is a huge emphasis in possession in the top flight these days, but which players are the best at finding their team-mates...

 
2:57pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson completes the most passes per game in the Premier League in 2020/21.

The former Sunderland midfielder has evolved his game under Jurgen Klopp to become one of the league's pass masters, sitting deep in the middle of midfield to recycle possession while also distributing the ball to team-mates who possess a more effective creative spark.

On average, he makes 96.7 passes to team-mates per game, with a completion rate of 87%.

Crucially, though, these passes are by no means always side-to-side in a relatively safe fashion, as he has the second-best record in the league for passes into the final third with 28.7. Only Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes completes more per game with 29.7.

Second on the list is Man City midfielder Rodri, who completes 88.2 passes per match.

The current leaderboard, found below, shows players who have featured in at least 500 minutes in the league this season.

If this filter was to be taken away, the players with the most passes completed on average would be Henderson's Liverpool team-mate Thiago Alcantara, who has averaged 101.9 per game, albeit just from four appearances.

Premier League pass masters

PlayerTeamPasses P90Final Third Passes P90Pass Completion
Jordan HandersonLiverpool96.728.787%
RodriMan City88.218.391%
John StonesMan City87.36.793%
Thiago SilvaChelsea84.87.393%
Ilkay GundoganMan City84.724.790%

Taking defenders John Stones and Thiago Silva out of the equation and just focusing on midfielders, then Liverpool's Curtis Jones and Fabinho would enter the top five, completing 82.8 and 80.3 passes per game each respectively.

However, the Brazilian has played the majority of his last few games for the club at centre-back due to their current defensive crisis.

2020/21 Premier League: Standings, Matches, Team Stats, Player Stats

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