With Eden Hazard gone, the title of best dribbler in the Premier League is up for grabs, and Wilfried Zaha is taking it with both hands.
The 27-year-old Crystal Palace forward was heavily linked with a move to London rivals Arsenal in the summer but nothing came of the speculation before the window slammed shut, to Zaha’s disappointment.
Palace were reluctant to sell their star man for anything but an exorbitant price, and are reaping some reward for the decision with the Ivorian completing 68 take-ons so far this season – adding another four in his side’s win over Bournemouth.
Zaha sits a massive 13 clear of second-placed Adama Traoré, who added six more to his tally as Wolves beat West Ham 2-0, moving them into fifth place.
Another big gap follows, with Emiliano Buendia next in line on 45, followed closely by Allan Saint-Maximin on 44, who scored his first Newcastle goal against Sheffield United on Thursday.
Nicolas Pepe, who was left on the bench in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton, came on at half time and moved up to 40, moving ahead of John McGinn.
Most take-ons completed: Premier League 2019/20
Players with the same amount of take-ons completed are separated by minutes played.
1. Wilfried Zaha: 68 take-ons completed (1,285 minutes)
2. Adama Traore: 55 take-ons completed (1,101 minutes)
3. Emiliano Buendía: 45 take-ons completed (1,069 minutes)
4. Allan Saint-Maximin: 44 take-ons completed (650 minutes)
5. Nicolas Pépé: 40 take-ons completed (832 minutes)
6. John McGinn: 39 take-ons completed (1,350 minutes)
7. Felipe Anderson: 36 take-ons completed (1,014 minutes)
8. Mateo Kovacic: 36 take-ons completed (1,061 minutes)
9. Ricardo Pereira: 36 take-ons completed (1,350 minutes)
10. Sofiane Boufal: 35 take-ons completed (466 minutes)
(Correct as of Gameweek 15 10:20pm 05/12/2019)