Queens Park Rangers have enjoyed a largely positive start to their Championship campaign so far, with the West London outfit having picked up three wins, one draw and two defeats in their first six games of the season, making a decent return of 10 points from a possible 18 this season.
With R’s manager Mark Warburton setting his charges up in an expansive 4-2-3-1 formation so far this season, his players have naturally been asked to maintain possession for long periods of games, in order to tire the opposition out, from which gaps will in theory appear for Warburton’s creative players to exploit.
Here we take at look at the top FIVE players with the best pass success rate, according to WhoScored.com, so far this season….
Number One – Marc Pugh
The former Bournemouth stalwart heads up our list with a passing success rate of 91.1%, pretty high you might think? Well don’t be fooled, Pugh has only played 128 minutes of football this season across all competitions.
With the 32 year-old midfielder having only averaged 15 passes per game, however some may point to the fact that of these 15 passes, the former Cherries man has averaged an impressive 1.3 key passes per game, underlining his creative qualities.
Number Two – Eberechi Eze
The mercurial attacking midfielder is up next in our list, with the Nigerian racking up a passing success rate of 90.4%, which is made even more impressive by the fact that Eze has contributed an average of 32.8 passes per game.
Eze has also provided one assist this season, which isn’t surprising given that he averages 1.5 key passes per game, making him one our top five’s most creative players.
Number Three – Jan Mlakar
One of many bright young prospects in Warburton’s QPR side, the 20 year-old Slovenian forward makes it to third in our list with a passing success rate of 88.9%.
However, it is worth pointing out that the young forward has only played 23 minutes this season, making a small return of just nine successful passes and an average of one key pass per game. Despite this, he make it into the top three!
Number Four – Luke Amos
In fourth place is young Tottenham Hotspur loanee, Luke Amos, who has recorded an impressive passing success rate of 85.7% over the course of his four appearances this season, with the young deep-lying playmaker averaging almost 30 passes per game at present.
Whilst it is also worth noting that the 22 year-old has attempted to add some variety to his passing game, with an average of 0.3 long balls per game, a good trait to have, but certainly something he’ll be looking to improve in time.
Number Five – Bright Samuel
Coming in at number five in our list is exciting winger Bright Samuel, with the 21 year-old Englishman recording a very respectable passing success rate of 85.6%, with the youngster making 1.8 key passes per game, the highest out of our top five.
With an average of 22.5 passes per game however, Samuel may want to look at improving his distribution skills in the R’s upcoming games, with the player so far performing below par with a current form rating of 6.63, Warburton will be hoping to see an improvement in the player’s form in the upcoming games.