Everton, West Ham midfielders top charts in key area this past weekend

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Ross Barkley and Manuel Lanzini both contributed greatly at the weekend.

Everton’s Ross Barkley and West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini topped the Premier League midfield charts for most successful take-ons completed this past weekend.

The Hammers maintained their superb form against the so-called big teams, adding Chelsea to their list of scalps as they defeated Jose Mourinho’s men 2-1 at Upton Park.

With Victor Moses ineligible to face his parent club, Lanzini was tasked with providing width for his side and pinning the Chelsea full-backs back in their own defensive third.

Not afraid to pit himself against the underachieving champions, the 22-year-old Argentine was instrumental throughout as he never shied away from the ball and looked to make things happen.

  PositionTeamTake-onsMins Played
Ross Barkley MF Everton 5 90
Manuel Lanzini MF West Ham 5 82

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Lanzini posted five successful take-ons – a figure which wasn’t bettered by any other Premier League midfielder over the course of weekend.

His tally of five, however, wasn’t the standout best as Everton’s Barkley posted the same figure.

The Toffees came away from their trip to the Gunners with zero points, however their performance during the 2-1 defeat was good and Barkley was one of a number of positives to take from the game.

The England international immediately clawed one back for Everton after Arsenal opened up a two-goal lead and during an entertaining second period, he drove his side on in search of an equaliser.

Barkley has become a central figure to Everton this season and there is plenty more to come from him.

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