Using PFF data and grades, we will aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the best passers in the EFL Championship this season.
PFF Passing Grade:
PFF grades each event on a -2 to +2 scale with increments of 0.5, with 0 being the expected grade. For example, an unpressured pass to an open target that is completed earns a 0 grade, while a pass that breaks through a defensive line under pressure is above expectation and likely rewarded with a positive grade.
Unlike traditional data, PFF measures “performance relative to expectation” instead of just traits or measurable factors. The system looks at every play, creating a large sample size that eliminates bias and identifies undervalued players while avoiding player hype. The grading process evaluates players objectively, regardless of perceived ability.
Here are the best PFF passing grades from the Championship this season:
|Player Name||Team||Position||PFF passing grade||Events|
|Jean Michaël Seri||Hull City||CM||92.3||1,087|
Line-breaking passes completed:
There is one clear standout when it comes to line-breaking passers in the Championship, Matt Grimes’ 410 are more than any player in Europe’s top 5 leagues, his 10.4 completed line-breaking passes per 90 is also third among Europe’s best, with only Marco Verratti (14.6) and Toni Kroos (12.0) with a higher tally. (Minimum 800 minutes played).
|Player Name||Team||Position||LB passes completed||LB passes completed per-90|
|Gustavo Hamer||Coventry City||CM||249||7.6|
Completed line-breaking passes per 90 across some of Europe's leagues:
Ligue 1: Marco Veratti – 14.6
La Liga: Toni Kroos – 12.0
Championship: Matt Grimes – 10.4
Bundesliga: Joshua Kimmich – 9.8
Premier League: Mateo Kovacic – 9.5
Serie A: Stefano Sensi – 9.5
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Through ball passes completed:
Australian Riley McGree leads the league in through ball passes completed. Since Michael Carrick took the manager’s job Middlesbrough have averaged 2.26 points per game (which beats Vincent Kompany’s 2.24 points per game with Burnley)
|Player Name||Team||Position||TB passes completed||TB passes completed per-90|
|Max Aarons||Norwich City||FB||41||1.1|
|Gustavo Hamer||Coventry City||CM||38||1.2|
|Grady Diangana||West Bromwich Albion||WAM||37||1.6|
|Kasey Palmer||Bristol City||WAM||33||1.6|
Key Passes (passes leading to a shot at goal):
Despite playing in just 77% of available minutes, QPR’s IIiais Chair ranks second in key passes completed, he has been involved in 32% of QPR’s goals this season, losing Chair to injury has been a contributing factor to their poor run of form
|Player Name||Team||Position||Key passes completed||Key passes completed per 90|
|John Swift||West Bromwich Albion||WAM||76||2.5|
|Oliver Norwood||Sheffield United||CM||70||1.8|
Below is every single player in the Championship plotted against their PFF passing grade and event involvements in the league this season: