Stats: The surprise Spurs star who is out-passing Cesc and Ramsey

A Tottenham Hotspur midfielder received more touches on the ball and out-passed Chelsea and Arsenal lynchpins in the first two Premier League games.

The pass master in London is no longer Arsenal midfield sensation Aaron Ramsey nor Chelsea's creative force Francesc Fabregas as there is a new man in town - and he means business.

Signed last year from Toulouse, Etienne Capoue only racked up 12 Premier League appearances in the 2013-14 season but with an average of 35 passes per game and an 84% precision rate, would not have been mentioned in the same breath.

Swansea City defender Angel Rangel enjoyed the most touches on a per game average (92), Yaya Toure attempted the most passes on a per game average (71), while Laurent Koscielny enjoyed the highest accuracy rate (93%) for a player who competed in at least ten games or more.

This season, though, a slightly different story is being told, as Tottenham Hotspur's versatile defender/defensive midfielder is getting on the ball an awful lot more than he did last term.

  ClubTouchesTotal Pass / appsAccurate Pass / appsFwd Pass / appsPass AccuracyAppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs 224 98.00 86.50 24.00 88.27% 2 180
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 221 87.50 74.50 24.00 85.14% 2 180
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 205 85.00 77.00 28.50 90.59% 2 180

Thus far, Etienne Capoue has received 224 touches on the football from just two appearances - three higher than Ramsey and 19 more than Fabregas. He has also attempted 98 passes per game in an extraordinary statistic that is perhaps more befitting of players like Barcelona maestro Xavi, Paris Saint-Germain's emerging talent Marco Verratti and Real Madrid's star signing Toni Kroos.

Capoue may not be the most accurate passer of the football out of all three, with Ramsey coming off worse and Cesc the best, but he does complete more passes each game, with an average haul of 86 - nine more than Fabregas.

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