Speed, skill, quick thinking and pure power are skills that cannot be taught. We’re not taking about aerial power, as it’s rather about the power to keep you footing and get through the harsh tackles of the Premier League. Some players are just born with it, and coincidentally, those are the most fun to watch. In the following article, we’ll go through the list of top 5 dribblers in the Premier League.
- Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace’s ace was the premiere target for a couple of top teams in England. Everton came closest, but in the end, they had to settle for Arsenal’s Iwobi. Wilfried Zaha managed an incredible 3.3 dribbles per match in the 2018/19 league campaign. Not only that, but he dribbled with a 50% success rate, more than enough to show why he’s so highly rated in England. He’s managed to consistently keep up this high level, as he started the 2018/19 season in a similar fashion with 3.3 dribbles per match on a 57% success rate.
- Adama Traore
When we talk about raw athleticism and sheer force of nature, it doesn’t come any closer to the description than Wolverhampton’s Adama Traore. The La Masia graduate was well-known for his explosiveness and almost unreal acceleration and speed from his youngest days. This alone, however, didn’t secure him a spot in Barcelona, so he searched for his luck in England. You can regularly see him go above 35 km/h in a match. Criticized for bad decision-making, Traore looks like he’s reinventing himself in the wing-back role that Nuno opened up for him. One thing is for sure – Adama Traore is one of the most entertaining players to watch.
the most amazing thing about Adama Traoré's incredible speed is the fact that defenders often know exactly what he's going to do – they simply can't keep up with him. it's honestly breathtaking to watch. pic.twitter.com/QnKTLJNVp1
— amadí (@amadoit__) August 30, 2019
- Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is a prime example of worldly-talented dribbling transforming himself to fully suit the team’s needs. From his early professional days at Liverpool, Sterling showed he has both the speed and the technique to get past his opponent. Raheem’s development from raw dribbling talent to the integral part of the best side in the league has been nothing short of tremendous. Sterling replaced needless dribbling and extra touches with almost perfect movement to open himself up in order to get into a position to score or assist. A highly intelligent and adaptable player, Sterling should be the lighthouse every speedy dribbler should orientate to.
- Nathan Redmond
Here’s another crazy talented English dribbler. The 25-year old is already a veteran, having played almost 300 games in his senior career already! He’s been Southampton’s main creative outlet for a couple of years now and continues to amaze with the ball at his feet. He started the 2018/19 season firing on all cylinders with an incredible 88% dribble success rate. Hopefully, Southampton can make the most out of Redmond’s talent as he’s a treat to watch when in-form.
- Felipe Anderson
No list of best dribblers can be complete without a Brazilian on it. Felipe Anderson came to West Ham as a Lazio outcast. In Italy, his lack of discipline saw him fall out of favor with Inzaghi. In England, however, he seems to be playing the football of his career. Anderson looks like a threat whenever he receives the ball. From the early looks, Felipe and Haller could form a deadly partnership that any English defense should fear of. At only 26, Felipe Anderson looks like he’s entering the prime of his career, and don’t be surprised one of the top 6 go for him the next summer.