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Mon. 15 April 2024

Best players per game area: new report

The CIES Football Observatory’s April report presents the exclusive approach developed on the basis of Wyscout data to identify the best performing outfield players in six areas of the game: ground defence, aerial play, distribution, take on, chance creation and finishing. The rankings refer to domestic league matches played during the last 365 days in 73 competitions worldwide.

The best index for ground defence was recorded for the Italian centre back Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), followed by Chelsea’s Spaniard Marc Cucurella. In terms of aerial play, at centre back level, the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) is ahead of Dan-Axel Zagadou (Stuttgart) from France. With regard to distribution, Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) and Granit Xhaka (Bayer Leverkusen) share the top spot.

Concerning take on, the Belgian Jérémy Doku (Manchester City) is ahead of the new Portuguese full international Francisco Conceição (Porto). In terms of chance creation, Ousmane Dembélé (Paris St-Germain) tops the table ahead of another world champion, Rodrigo de Paul (Atlético Madrid). Regarding finishing, the podium is made up of Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Deniz Undav (Stuttgart) and Kylian Mbappé (Paris St-Germain).

>>> Methodology and full data

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