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Ligue 1 2021/22: Analysing the dribbling efficiency of the most frequent dribblers in the league

The 2021/22 Ligue 1 season so far has seen some exciting new players like Kamaldeen Sulemana, Nuno Mendes, Angel Gomes, Loïc Badé and more. There have also been some returning players, like Aurélien Tchouaméni, to make the step up. It isn’t wrong to say that Ligue 1 is the place for some of the most exciting young talents in the world. It is only a matter of time that these players showcase their potential in Ligue 1 and make their moves to the biggest clubs in Europe. One thing that excites the audience most when they watch these players is their dribbling skill.

The following visualisation shows the most frequent dribblers and their dribble success rate in the league. Players who have been on the pitch for at least 500 minutes and attempted at least one dribble per 90 were considered for this analysis.

Kamaldeen Sulemana, the 19-year-old Stade Rennais player signed from FC Nordsjælland, attempts the most dribbles per 90 in the league with 11.82 dribbles per 90 minutes. However, high volume dribbles might be the reason that Sulemana’s success rate is low at 45%. Angers’ Sofiane Boufal comes just behind Sulemana with 11.35 dribbles per 90 minutes. Boufal’s dribble success rate is a good 55%. Bordeaux’s 19-year-old Timothée Pembélé, who plays as a right-back, closes the top three with 9.78 dribbles per 90 minutes.

23 year old Algerian attacking midfielder Ilan Kebbal has the best success rate in the league with a dribble success percentage of 72%, attempting 5.5 dribbles per 90 minutes. Issa Kaboré of Troyes, with a success rate of 70.4%, ranks second, attempting 6.6 dribbles per 90 minutes. Jodel Dossou of Clermont closes out the top three for dribble success rate with 7.71 dribbles per 90 at a success rate of 65%.

Other notable names in the top 25 most frequent dribblers include Kylian Mbappe, Cengiz Ünder, Amine Gouiri, Lucas Paquetá and Bruno Guimarães.