Bundesliga

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich is the best playmaker in European football this season

Joshua Kimmich continued his incredible playmaking form with another assists in Bayern Munich's win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.

 
6:18pm on Saturday 30th January 2021
By
Stefan Bienkowski

Bayern Munich’s 4-1 victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday was anything but a typical Bundesliga win.

Hansi Flick’s side may have claimed all three points by full-time but it was a match that demanded the very best from the German champions. The visitors made Bayern work for their three points.

Fortunately for the Bavarian giants, Joshua Kimmich was on hand to once again pull the strings and, most importantly, create goals for his Bayern teammates.

Kimmich put his side in front just 32 minutes into Saturday’s game when the German international picked out the head of Jerome Boateng from the corner flag to float the ball into the top left corner.

The cross was Kimmich’s tenth assist of the season, putting him above Bayern colleague Thoams Muller in the club’s own assist table and any other player in the German Bundesliga. Not bad for a player that has missed six of Bayern’s 19 league games to date through injury.

When we compare Kimmich’s playmaking to the very best across Europe, we find that the midfielder is not only one of the best creators of goals in absolute terms, but when we consider the rate at which Kimmich is creating these assists we find he’s actually the very best among Europe’s top leagues.

The best playmakers in Europe this season

Table

PlayerTeamAssists per 90
KimmichBayern Munich0.89
ComanBayern Munich0.86
DemirovicFreiburg0.73
MertensNapoli0.69
HofmannGladbach0.68
De BruyneManchester City0.64
KruseUnion Berlin0.62
KaneTottenham Hotspur0.59
IlicAtalanta0.53
SaneBayern Munich0.52

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