Opta has revealed the five most creative English players in the Premier League and four of them aren’t playing regularly for Roy Hodgson.
The Premier League has been blessed this season with some of the most creative and forward thinking players in the game. However, they aren’t all English which leads to the question of who the top players are from our great country.
The Everton left back tops the list with a total of 96 chances, 50 of which have come from open play. Baines is playing second fiddle to Ashley Cole in the national side but there has been no other Englishman more effective in terms of setting up chances.
A large part of that is down to the fact that Baines has always been lethal with his set pieces, meaning Everton’s attacking players naturally get more chances to score goals over the course of a match.
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is second on the list, which proves he’s as effective as he ever has been, regardless of the fact he’s now well into his 30s and approaching possibly the final contract of his career.
Gerrard is some way behind Baines on the list with 79 chances created and 46 of those coming from open play. That’s roughly the number you’d expect from him because he’s been able to maintain his efficiency in his attacking midfield role.
Lambert has created 66 chances from open play this season, which is more than any other English player. He’s not made an England squad yet under Roy Hodgson but if he maintains his numbers then he stands a very good chance.
Lambert is an out and out front man for Southampton, which means he’s often involved in delicate little attacking moves in the opponent’s final third, which gives him a natural advantage when it comes to racking up assists.
Aaron Lennon is a name which may strike many as very surprising when it comes to chances created, but he’s got 59 and 51 of them have come from open play which is more than Baines and Gerrard.
He has been arguably the most important wide man for Spurs this season because of Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to switch Gareth Bale into a more attacking, number ten style position.
Downing has created 50 chances and 36 of those have come from open play. What makes his numbers all the more remarkable is the fact that he was told he could leave Liverpool during the last transfer window.
However, he’s stayed on and along with Gerrard, has helped to give Liverpool a huge number of chances to score goals which has helped the Anfield club through their bursts of good form.
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