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Best Premier League dribblers since records began

By James Amey

Published: 19:13, 14 August 2023

The Premier League has been home to some of the best dribblers in world football. 

From Eden Hazard mesmorising defenders during his time at Chelsea to Fulham’s lastest signing Adama Traore gliding past players as they slip off his baby oiled covered arms, the English top flight always has that one player that defences are terrified of.

But when it comes to take-ons completed, how do some of the modern dribblers rank to the legendary names of the past?

With the help of Opta, we dived into the archives to establish a definitive list of top 10s. Read on to find out who has the recorded the most take-ons within a single season and the most within a single game.

Opta define a successful take-on as when a player beats the defender while retaining possession.


Most take-ons completed in a Premier League season

In 2019/20, Adama Traore became just the second Premier League player to record 180+ successful take-ons in a Premier League season after Eden Hazard, setting a new record of 183. Since record began in 2003/04, Eden Hazard, Adama Traore and Wilfried Zaha are the only players to complete 140+ take-ons in multiple Premier League campaigns.

2019/20 Wolves Adama Traore 183
2014/15 Chelsea Eden Hazard 180
2017/18 Chelsea Eden Hazard 165
2019/20 Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha 163
2020/21 Wolves Adama Traore 153
2021/22 Newcastle Allan Saint-Maximin 150
2016/17 Chelsea Eden Hazard 143
2016/17 Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha 142
2018/19 Chelsea Eden Hazard 138
2016/17 Middlesborough Adama Traore 136

Since records began in 2003/04.

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Most take-ons completed in a Premier League game

Despite ending up on the losing side, Adama Traore set a new Premier League record for take-ons completed in a single game against Watford on New Years Day 2020. The Wolves winger was successful with 16 of his 20 attempted take-ons as he tormented Gerard Deulofeu, Kiko Femenia and Jose Holebas for the entire 90 minutes. Eden Hazard remains the only player since records began in 2003/04 to complete 12+ take-ons in three separate Premier League games, doing so against Stoke, Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

01/01/2020 Adama Traore Watford 16
19/05/2021 Allan Saint-Maximin Sheffield United 15
27/02/2021 Adama Traore Newcastle 14
07/04/2013 Andros Townsend Wigan 14
07/12/2013 Eden Hazard Stoke 13
26/12/2016 Eden Hazard Bournemouth 13
02/02/2019 Eden Hazard Huddersfield 13
10/01/2015 Remy Cabella Chelsea 12
13/09/2015 Riyad Mahrez Aston Villa 12
20/02/2021 Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa Sheffield United 12

Since records began in 2003/04.