European Assists King

European Assists King 19/20: De Bruyne leads Sancho and Muller

Which players in Europe are the best providers to their team-mates?

1:00pm on Wednesday 29th April 2020
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The European Assist Kings is unfortunately an award that doesn't exist, so here at FootballCritic we have decided to pull it together.

Similarly to the European Golden Shoe, we have assigned a weighting system to each competition, so elite leagues - the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 - have a weighting of 2, meaning that a player will be awarded two points for every assist they provide.

For the leagues ranked sixth to 30 in Uefa's coefficients rankings goals assisted are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals assisted in a league outwith the top 30, goals are given a rating of 1.


The 2019/20 European Assist Kings

1Kevin De BruyneMan City1734
2Thomas MullerBayern Munich1632
3Jadon SanchoDortmund1530
4Angel Di MariaPSG1428
5Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig1224
6Luis AlbertoLazio1224
7Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool1224
8Lionel MessiBarcelona1224
9Michael LiendlWolfsberg1624
10Dusan TadicAjax1522.5
11James ForrestCeltic1522.5
12Ruud VormerClub Brugge1421
13Achraf HakimiDortmund1020
14Thorgan HazardDortmund1020
15Alejandro GomezAtalanta1020
16Hakim ZiyechAjax1319.5
17Edin ViscaBasaksehir1218
18Serge GnabryBayern918
19Bruno FernandesSporting/Man Utd1016.5
20Riyad MahrezMan City816

Kevin De Bruyne of Man City currently leads the way, with 17 assists in the Premier League for Pep Guardiola's side in 2019/20. Two Bundesliga stars are next, with Thomas Muller of Bayern on 16 and Jadon Sancho of Dortmund on 15.

The top assist-maker outwith the elite leagues is James Forrest of Celtic, who has 15 in the Scottish Premiership.

The most successful league on the list is the German Bundesliga which features no less than five top assist-makers. Joining Sancho and Muller are Thorgan Hazard and Achraf Hakimi of Dortmund, plus Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig.

The Premier League is represented by De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

La Liga and Ligue 1 have a sole representative each in the form of two Argentines, Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Angel Di Maria of PSG. Serie A are represented by Luis Alberto of Lazio and Alejandro Gomez of Atalanta.

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