Mousa Dembele is the Best Passer in the Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur's Dembele runs with the ball during their English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at White Hart Lane in London

When it comes to long passing accuracy, the ability to change momentum and turn defense into attack or simply switch wings, no one is more accurate than Mosua Dembele of Tottenham, leading the Premier League in this category among players who have attempted more than 100 passes for 35 yards or more.

Dembele is followed by Joe Allen, who hasn’t been exactly a riveting success for Liverpool, especially because he was usually used in a position he’s not suited for – the defensive midfielder, while his stronger attributes are play-making and distributing the balls, long or short.

But numbers tend to change reality a bit. Both Allen and Dembele have barely crossed the 100 mark. Steven Gerrard might be considered the best passer just on sheer volume. He has attempted nearly 400 passes for this range, completing 77.1% of them, placing him 15th in that aspect. Daniel Agget, also from Liverpool, follows with 86 out of 113, a 76.1% success rate.

Michael Carrick is often considered a master of the trade: He is 20th in the league, completing 74.6% of his long range passing attempts. Teammate Paul Scholes, retiring again at the end of the season, is in the top 10 (although attempting about half the passes Carrick has), with a 84.1% accuracy gauge. Frank Lampard is also in the top 20, but has attempted less than third of Gerrard’s numbers, completing 75.2% of his long range passing.

Best long pass (more than 35 yards) accuracy**

PlayerLong Passes AttemptedSuccessful Long PassesLong Pass Accuracy (%)
Mousa Dembele1089991.67
Joe Allen11610489.66
Mikel Arteta19917688.44
Ki Sung-Yueng19517288.21
Paul Scholes13211184.09
Yaya Toure19816482.83
Santi Cazorla21517581.40
Giorgos Karagounis1119081.08
James McArthur15012180.67
Leon Osman12910379.84
Jonathan De Guzman17413678.16
Gareth Barry1088477.78
Matija Nastasic1078377.57
James McCarthy20515977.56
Steven Gerrard39330377.10
Daniel Agger1138676.11
Frank Lampard1178875.21
Adel Taarabt1158674.78
Steve Sidwell1078074.77
Michael Carrick26019474.62

** Player must have attempted at least 100 long passes to be included on the list

(Via Daily Mail)