Five starting midfielders who completed more than 94 per cent of their passes on week one

Angel Rangel And Nathan Dyer

Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Swansea City, Newcastle United and Fulham players stood out on opening weekend.

In an era when statistics mean every kick and misplaced pass is analysed and counted, it is important to focus on those who are more accurate than ever.

And the Premier League has several stars to be proud of. But which stars were the very best on the opening weekend? 

We have trawled the stats and picked out the top five midfielders in terms of passing accuracy, who started their team's opening games, all completing more than 94 per cent of their passes.

Here they are...

Moussa Dembele

Dembele recorded the best passing success rate of any Premier League midfielder who started a match in week one, completing a staggering 96.8 per cent of his passes. In fact he only misplaced one pass, with 30 of 31 attempts finding a teammate, one of the 10 he attempted in the attacking third of the pitch. The Tottenham man made more passes to Kyle Walker (7) than any other player.

Ross Barkley

New Everton boss Roberto Martinez showed his faith in young star Ross Barkley by starting him against Norwich, and Barkley did not let him down. He scored a crucial goal in the 2-2 draw, completed 96 per cent of his passes. Everton completed 88.1 per cent as a team, the second highest in the Premier League behind Manchester City. Barkley showed he can be a key player in the vision Martinez has for the club, with 51 of 53 pass attempts successful.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Newcastle did not have much to take away from the Etihad on Monday night, but Hatem Ben Arfa was one bright spark. Their number 10 completed 22 of 23 passes, accurate with his distribution on nearly every occasion he required, linking up with full-back Mathieu Debuchy seven times. Ben Arfa made just one pass in the defensive third of the pitch.

Nathan Dyer

This list would not sit right without a Swansea City player in the mix, and Nathan Dyer showed his attributes despite his side being on the wrong end of a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester United. He made 41 of 43 passes, 95.3 per cent in total. His passes were spread evenly in direction, 13 forward, 15 backward, and 13 square, with Angel Rangel the recipient of 14 occasions.

Pajtim Kasami

Kasami was Fulham's hero in their win over Sunderland, netting the winner with their only shot on target. That was not the only area he was effective. He completed 16 of 17 passes, playing in Adel Taarabt on four occasions and Matthew Briggs four times too. The one misplaced pass was a long ball down the right-hand side from his own half which went out for a throw-in.

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