Top 10 dribblers in the Championship so far this season

Wigan Athletic's Yanic Wildschut and Rochdale's Joe Rafferty in action

Wigan, Brighton, Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Leeds United stars feature among the top 10 dribblers in the Championship this season.

Wigan Athletic's Yanic Wildschut and Rochdale's Joe Rafferty in actionWigan's Yanic Wildschut has completed the joint most dribbles in the Championship

The Championship is blessed with some fine dribblers this season, although the top 10 dribblers after 12 games of the season don't feature some of the names that may immediately spring to mind when one thinks of the best dribblers in the second tier.

Over a quarter of the way into the season, there is no place for the likes of Jack Grealish, Mo Diame or Tom Ince, whilst Wigan Athletic winger Yanic Wildschut comes out joint top of the pile, with 4.3 successful dribbles per game, a tally matched only by Brighton star Anthony Knockaert. 

Wildschut joined the Latics from Middlesbrough, and made 34 appearances during the clubs promotion campaign last season. Whilst Knockaert joined Brighton from Standard Liege, having previously played for Leicester in the Championship.  

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew and Huddersfield's Rajiv van La ParraAston Villa's Jordan Ayew and Huddersfield's Rajiv van La Parra

Three of the divisions current top six teams are represented, namely league leaders Norwich City, third placed Huddersfield Town and fourth placed Brighton and Hove Albion. Barnsley are the only club to have two players rank among the top 10 dribblers in the Championship. 

Three of the top 10 are loanees, one at Nottingham Forest, one at Barnsley and one at Leeds United. There is quite a gulf between the top 10, with Wildschut and Knockaert's division high tally of 4.3 dribbles per game considerably higher than that of tenth placed Norwich City attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan, who has averaged 2.5 dribbles per game.

Rajiv van La Parra, pictured above, has the third most successful dribbles, averaging 3.7 a game, having joined Huddersfield from Wolves in the summer. Next up is Nottingham Forest loanee Hildeberto Pereira with 3.4, 0.1 higher than that of Aston Villa man Jordan Ayew.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield TownLeeds United loanee Hadi Sacko in action against Huddersfield Town

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Barnsley duo Ryan Kent and Andy Yiadom, the former of whom is on-loan at Oakwell from Liverpool, Leeds United loan star Hadi Sacko, Fulham's Sone Aluko and Norwich City stalwart Wes Hoolahan. 

Sacko has had a mixed start to life at Elland Road, but nicknamed the 'nutmeg king', his inclusion in the top 10 shows he is a player willing to run at people, commit defenders and get at the opposition.

Barnsley's Andy Yiadom has been deployed as a right-back for much of this season, making his average of 2.7 dribbles a game (joint with Leeds' Sacko) really rather impressive, and also makes him the only defender in the top 10, although he is also capable of playing as a winger. 

Wes Hoolahan's inclusion is another which might surprise people. Whilst the majority of players featured are young or tricky wide men, Hoolahan is a 34-year-old attacking midfielder, commonly deployed through the middle and better known for his passion and vision than trickery. The full top 10 is listed below, along with each players average number of successful dribbles per game this season:

Norwich's Jonny Howson celebrates scoring their first goal with Wes HoolahanNorwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) - 4.3

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) - 4.3

Rijav van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) - 3.7

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) - 3.4

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) - 3.3

Ryan Kent (Barnsley) - 3.3

Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) - 2.7 

Hadi Sacko (Leeds United) - 2.7

Sone Aluko (Fulham) - 2.6

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) - 2.5

Cheltenham Town's James Dayton in action with Newcastle United's Mohamed Diame (L) and Jamaal LascellesWho do you think is the best dribbler in the Championship?

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