Hughes and Francis among elite
By Paul Townley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roy Keane is the top passer but some unfamiliar names are pushing him.
The 14th edition of The Premiership is two months old and a familiar name remains as the league's best passer.
This season looks set to be Roy Keane's last in top-flight English football, but the United legend has been motoring around The Premiership's pitches to complete almost 92 percent of his passes.
Portsmouth's Richard Hughes is a surprise name towards the top of the list, with the Scottish midfielder making good use of his Highbury education. Hughes has completed an astonishing 90 percent of his passes in a team that averages just 77 percent for pass completion.
The other unfamiliar name to appear amongst the league's top passers is Wigan Athletic's Damien Francis.
After a summer move from Norwich, Francis has been a driving force behind The Latics' superb start in their debut season in England's elite division.
The former Wimbledon midfielder has completed 89 percent of his passes this term, well above Wigan's average of 72 percent.
The table below excludes players who have made less than 200 passes this season.
|Roy Keane||Manchester United||292||91.8%|
|Rio Ferdinand||Manchester United||371||89.5%|
|Damien Francis||Wigan Athletic||207||89.4%|
|Paul Scholes||Manchester United||448||87.9%|