Revealed: The Premier League's healthiest club

Arsenal? Chelsea? Manchester United? No, the winner is... Everton.

Everton are certainly having an impressive season so far– but their first success this season has come off the pitch.

The Merseyside club have now been revealed as the healthiest football club to work for in the United Kingdom.

The Toffees are the first football club in the country to win the award from Health at Work’s Workplace Wellbeing Charter, which recognises the club’s commitment to employees’ health and wellbeing.

The club were presented with a plaque by deputy mayor of Liverpool and cabinet member for adult social care and health, cllr Roz Gladden.

Speaking at GoodisonPark, cllr Gladden said: “I am delighted to present Everton with the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. It is fantastic to see one of the most high profile and prominent employers in the city taking the issue of workplace wellbeing very seriously.

Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton’s deputy CEO, said: “In a city which has one of the highest cancer rates and lowest life expectancy in the country, Everton was approached by Health at Work to achieve the charter for the benefit of staff.

2) Luis Suarez

Suarez is one of the most skilful players in the Premier League. When he gets the ball, anything is possible. His close ball control is exceptional, he very rarely lets the ball get too far away from him, and this makes it very hard for the other team to foul him. On average Luis has 3.3 successful dribbles per game. Suarez has already scored eight goals and has one assist so far this season. His dribbles create opportunities for others too. Defenders move over to try and tackle Suarez leaving space for players like Daniel Sturridge to run into.

3) Fabian Delph

A surprise considering Delph plays centrally for Aston Villa. There were many calls for Fabian to be included in the latest England squad. He didn't make it, but has been one of Villa's star performers so far this season. Delph completes 2.9 dribbles per game on average. Not bad for someone considered to be a defensive midfielder. Delph is someone who has the confidence to start a breakaway for his side. His statistics show that he will often dribble his way out of tight situations and try and create space for other teammates.

4) Ross Barkley

Another young central midfielder, but this time more of an attacking one. Like Townsend, Barkley oozes bundles of confidence for his age. He is more than willing to carry the ball forward, and looks extremely comfortable in doing so. He completes 2.8 dribbles on average per game. Barkley can be so dangerous to the opposition that it has led to him being fouled on average 2.6 times a game, the seventh highest in the league. It also leads to an average of 2.5 shots per game. Everton have a gem in Barkley, he is someone who brings an awful lot to the side.

5) Hatem Ben Arfa

The Newcastle United attacker is one of the trickiest players in the league. He famously scored a fantastic goal against Bolton Wanderers when he dribbled from his own half past half a dozen Bolton players, before slotting the ball in the net. The Frenchman also has an average of 2.8 dribbles per game. Ben Arfa has played in numerous positions for the Magpies this season, centrally, and on both flanks. His dribbling skills are able to cause problems all over the pitch, and on his day can look a superb player. 

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