Five Premier League stars make Europe's top 10 most creative players; West Ham and Southampton represented

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Premier League teams may be struggling in Europe but no fewer than five of its stars make up the top 10 most creative players from across the continent.

West Ham United, Southampton, Chelsea and Arsenal are all represented in the top 10 but there is no place for players from either Manchester club, or any teams from La Liga or Bundesliga.

A new report by has analysed the number of 'key passes' made in top flight games across Europe so far this season, and compiled a top 10 accordingly.

8th) Dusan Tadic, Southampton

In eighth place in the table is Southampton's Serbian star Dusan Tadic. The Saints playmaker enjoyed a sensational debut season in the English top flight in 2014/15 and he has carried that form into the new campaign. Tadic, who has three goals from eight games this season, has made 24 key passes, the eighth best in Europe. Signed for an undisclosed fee - believed to be around £10.9 million by the BBC - from Dutch side FC Twente, Tadic has already more than repaid the money Saints have forked out, particularly given the man he replaced, Adam Lallana, was sold to Liverpool for more than twice that.

7th) Eden Hazard, Chelsea

In seventh place is Chelsea maverick Eden Hazard, who is something of a surprise given that neither he, nor his club, has enjoyed a particularly good start to the season. The Belgian attacker, who has just one goal from seven games for the Blues this season, has made two more key pass than Tadic and sits one place above him in the European top 10.

6th) Santi Carzola, Arsenal

Less of a surprise is the fact that Arsenal's little Spanish magician Santi Carzola makes it into sixth place. Carzola has been superb for the Gunners this season, pulling the strings in their rise to second place in the Premier League table. He put in a man of the match performance in the recent 3-0 demolition of Manchester United and has been at the heart of everything good about Arsene Wenger's side. Although he hasn't scored in the Premier League this season, Carzola has made 27 key passes, one more than Hazard.

2nd) Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

It's no wonder Arsenal are threatening to mount a serious title challenge this season with two players in the top 10 most creative in Europe. World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has rediscovered his best form so far this season and joins his Gunners teammate in the top 10 but is some way ahead with 31 key passes for his teammates, he has also chipped in with a goal.

1st) Dimitri Payet, West Ham

West Ham United's new hero Dimitri Payet has been one of the stars of the Premier League season so far and is officially the most creative player in Europe. Costing the club just £10 million from Marseille, as covered by the BBC, he is also the bargain of the summer. Being Europe's leading creative talent is nothing new to Payet, though. The French midfielder topped last season's charts for being the continent's most creative attacker from the top five leagues: Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue One, La Liga and Serie A. And he maintains his place at the top of the pile having made a total of 35 key passes in his nine games this season, four more than his closest rival Ozil. That's an average of nearly four per match. But he's not just making chances, Payet is taking them too. He scored his fifth goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday – an exquisite chip over 'keeper Wayne Hennessey. So it's no wonder the Hammers are sitting pretty in the Champions League places with this midfield maestro orchestrating Slaven Bilic's new-look attacking side. Inexplicably, though, Payet has been left out of the last two France squads by manager Didier Deschamps.

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