One of the most important skills is first touch, a player with a poor first touch will often find themselves under pressure from the opposition or significantly slow down play. This can lead to attacks losing momentum or a difficulty escaping the opposition press.
When this happens a player may lose confidence in their control and instead look to rush 1st time passes.
One of the most important points in the video below is that controlling the ball is not just about stopping it but also putting the ball in a position that allows you to use the ball effectively.
Footwork is an area that is often overlooked as part of this, with good footwork ahead of receiving the ball you can build momentum and help bring your 1st touch into space. Whereas a player with poor footwork will often seem to pick up passes at full stretch from a static starting position.