Kevin De Bruyne was arguably unlucky to win the PFA Player of the Year award last week, after being one of many key factor towards Man City’s title winning campaign.
The Belgian has 15 assists to his name this season, and is one of three City players that lead the assists table.
De Bruyne is currently leading the way, followed by Leroy Sane (12) and David Silva (11) in second and third.
This article looks at the top five players which have contributed towards the most goals from assists in the Premier League, based on percentages of team goals scored.
5. Joe Allen – Stoke
After Stoke’s unpredictably dismal season so far, this may come as a surprise to many. The Potters have only managed to grab themselves 31 goals so far this season, and are odds on favourites to get relegated.
Joe Allen has been a key factor to keeping the defence secure and usually sitting in front of the back line. Despite this, Allen has managed to grab himself six assists this season. Allen’s assists have been converted mostly by fellow team mate Xherdan Shaqiri, who he has assisted three times. Allen has in total assisted 19% of Stoke’s goals this season, placing him fifth in the Premier League percentages for assists this season.
4. Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke
Another Stoke player surprisingly features. If statistics summed up how well Stoke’s season has went, it would make for good reading.
Despite reasonable criticism of this Swiss this season, he has also assisted 19% of Stoke’s goals this season, with Senegalese international Maxim Choupo-Moting converting mostly from his services, scoring twice.
It is not difficult to see why The Potters have struggled this season, with a total goals tally of 31.
3. Chris Brunt – West Bromwich Albion
West Brom’s campaign has been disastrous to say the least. The Baggies haven’t been careful in what they wished for, by dismissing Tony Pulis at the beginning of the season, and instead got stuck with Alan Pardew which in many terms speaks for itself.
Brunt will undoubtedly be walking through the exit door in the summer when the Baggies are inevitably relegated. Although he hasn’t really shone much this season, he has contributed towards 24% of West Brom’s 29 goals this season, with seven assists.
Brunt’s crossing ability and visual awareness has been capitalised by Venezuelan Salomon Rondon mostly, whose physical presence is something that the Midlands club have probably not used enough of this season.
2. Johann Berg Gudmundsson– Burnley
Sean Dyche has done nothing but work miracles this season in Lancashire. The Clarets find themselves seventh (yes, seventh) and have the potential to be playing in Europe next season.
The Icelandic has established himself as a solid winger and is a key part of Burnley’s resilient setup. The Clarets have only managed to score 34 times this season, and have been clinical both upfront and defensively.
When Burnley do find the net, it is either courtesy of Chris Wood or Ashley Barnes, but Gudmundsson’s playmaking ability is often capitalised by Wood.
Gudmundsson’s contribution has been huge for the Clarets, and his eight assists this season means that he has assisted 24% of Burnley’s goals this season.
- Pascal Gross – Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton’s sole aim this season was to stay in the Premier League, and looked to have done so quite comfortably.
Gross was signed from Ingolstadt 04 in May 2017, and has made a massive contribution towards The Seagulls survival bid.
34 year-old Glenn Murray has seen four of his goals come from Pascal Gross’ playmaking ability, and may have a lot to thank him for if he were to receive an England call up in the summer.
Gross, 26, has eight assists this season, and with Brighton only scoring 31 goals this season, this means that the German has been involved directly in 26% of Brighton’s goals, more than any other player per-team this season.
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