Chelsea’s top five dribblers in the Premier League

Chelsea have endured the slump we have become accustomed to seeing the season after they storm to a Premier League title victory.

There has been an undoubted drop-off in the performance levels of many players at Stamford Bridge this season.

Despite that, the Blues are still within one match of a trip to Wembley and a place in the last four of the FA Cup, as they travel to face Leicester in the quarter-finals.

It certainly won’t be a comfortable afternoon’s wok for Antonio Conte and his players, who have tailed off in 2018.

Although they are in cup action for the second match in a row, we have taken a look at the numbers to analyse Chelsea’s performance this season and this time around we are examining their stats concerning dribbling.

There are a couple of surprising names among the top five so click to find out who made it to the top of the rankings…

Moses was a revelation last season, reinvented in the right-wing-back role in Conte’s 3-4-2-1 but this season hasn’t been quite as straightforward.

There have been repeated calls for Moses to be replaced and Davide Zappacosta was brought in during the summer to do just that.

However, the former Wigan man has got enough gametime to make this list and his ability to carry the ball up and down the right flank is one of his strongest attributes.

Pedro has enjoyed a more impressive season than his Spanish compatriot Morata but they are absolutely neck and neck in terms of take-ons.

Morata has lost his way since an impressive start in the Premier League but his presence on this list further exemplifies how he is a much more mobile option than Olivier Giroud.

Pedro is a flier and it is mainly the form of Willian, which has meant that the former Barcelona man sometimes has to sit it out, that prevents him from being higher up these rankings.

These are a pair that many Chelsea fans might not expect to see on the list.

Neither is particularly renowned for their ball carrying skills. Kante – valued at £54m by Transfermarkt – has enjoyed another impressive season at Chelsea and while he has boundless energy, not many would mark him down as a dribbler of any remark.

Meanwhile, Bakayoko, valued at £36m by Transfermarkt,  was brought in to offer a more mobile upgrade on Nemanja Matic but he has endured an abject season and attracted no shortage of ire from the Chelsea fans.

We’ve already mentioned Willian but it is worth remarking on how well he has done to force his way back into the centre of Conte’s plans and into the affections of Blues fans.

He is so energetic and direct, which makes him incredibly difficult to stop. That’s why he’s so high up this list and on current form, there’s very little sign of him slowing up.

However, his solid numbers are put in the shade by the exceptional figures of the only man above him on this list.

Hazard is as good at dribbling as any player in the Premier League and even in a season when he hasn’t hit the heights he got to last season, his dribbling figures are nothing short of ludicrous.

He has been played in a variety of positions, often centrally, which means he sometimes has his back to goal or doesn’t have the space in which to make dribbles.

However, it is clear that he has still been finding room in which to do so. Chelsea cannot afford to lose him.