Goalscorers tend to get all the headlines as they are the individuals that obtain their side points, however every good goalscorer will likely require a top-quality playmaker to help them score as many as they can.
Indeed, playmakers can come in a variety of different positions on the pitch and can sometimes be the individuals that go down as ‘unsung heroes’ by many as they never get picked out. It is a bit like those bettors who find all the best free predictions and never get the credit for it.
Of course, the Premier League is full of incredibly talented and gifted creative individuals, but who are the main contenders to win the 2020/21 Most Assist award?
A lot of Liverpool’s goals have come from Trent Alexander-Arnold in some shape or form. The right-back has the ability to score from set-pieces, whilst he has a dangerous cross that can pick out any of his Anfield team-mates. The defender managed to record 13 assists last season and it would not be a shock if he were to record more this time around for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Honourable mention for Andy Robertson here as well, though, as he also provided a mammoth 12 assists from his left-back position.
Kevin De Bruyne
Perhaps one of the favourites for a reason, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne will undoubtedly be near the top of the list at the conclusion of the current season. The Belgian managed to provide 20 assists last season as he equalled the record that Thierry Henry set for Arsenal in the 2002/03 edition of the Premier League. With the way Pep Guardiola’s team play, De Bruyne will be at the heart of it all and expect him to ping some wonderful balls into his team-mates.
If Bruno Fernandes is not taking and scoring penalties for Manchester United, he is providing his team-mates with assists. The Portugal international may have only joined the club in January, however he played a role in seven goals in just 14 appearances. Expect this superstar midfielder’s tally to grow exponentially this season.
Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz
Two of the newest additions to the Premier League and to Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz have both been masters of creativity for their previous employers and have shown they can pick out a pass when required. The Morocco international had 13 assists to his name for Ajax last season, whereas the German bagged himself six for Bayer Leverkusen.
Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane
Just because strikers generally score the goals does not necessarily mean they can not provide their team-mates with the ability to score for themselves, either. Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have perhaps been prime examples of that in recent seasons, whilst Son Heung-min has complemented the English striker with his own contributions in the final third. Add Gareth Bale to the mix at Spurs and goals could be available in abundance.