There are some surprising results when it comes to sides that use wide areas to attack the opposition.
Width and using the flanks is a main tactic for many Premier League sides but some teams do it much better than others.
Whether sides use wide areas as an outlet for the midfield or to play the ball into space, one of the most effective ways to get in behind the opposition is to use width before cutting the ball back to central areas.
One of the greatest sites in football is a quick, dynamic winger going right at a full back, pushing him back, making him trip up and generally make him look like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
The end result can sometimes be a perfect cross or a winger sending the ball into row z to be met by collective groans from thousands of people. We’ve all been there as out side has chased a game or been on the hunt for a narrow lead.
This weekend’s Premier League action will see some of the best wingers around Europe perform for their clubs and it’s interesting that only one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ feature in terms of sides that use wide areas most frequently.
Here are the top five sides for wide attacking play and utilising the flanks in the Premier League.
1) West Ham United (76%)
2) Sunderland (75%)
3) Everton (74%)
4) Hull City (73%)
5) Tottenham Hotspur (73%)
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