European Assists King

European Assists King 2020/21: Kane back in the lead after Palace masterclass

The Tottenham star had been in front for the majority of the season and has now reclaimed the outright lead at the top of the standings.

Harry Kane was in spectacular form against Palace Harry Kane was in spectacular form against Palace
 
10:57am on Monday 8th March 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Harry Kane stands alone once more at the top of the leaderboard for the players with the most assists in Europe's top five leagues in the 2020/21 campaign.

Tottenham star Kane had been leading for the majority of the season and took himself to 11 assists at the start of January in a match against Leeds.

He then went eight Premier League games without an assist, allowing Kevin De Bruyne and Thomas Muller to match his tally.

But Kane reclaimed first place with a stunning performance against Palace, setting up two goals for Gareth Bale as well as scoring a double himself in a fine 4-1 win.

De Bruyne was held without an assist on his 250th appearance for Man City as they fell to a shock 2-0 defeat against Man Utd.

It was the same for Bundesliga assists leader Muller against Dortmund, even though Bayern won 4-2, so Kane leads the European Assists King race by two.

Things are starting to heat up just down below those three in our list of the most creative players in Europe. Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes, and Joshua Kimmich are all still in with a shout on 10 for the campaign.

The Bundesliga is superbly represented on nine, with Kingsley Coman, Jonas Hofmann, Filip Kostic, and now Jadon Sancho on that number. The England star took a while to get going this season, but is finally starting to show the creativity he enjoyed last year.

Heung-min Son is up to nine with that group after setting up one of the goals scored by Kane against Palace.

To find the first Ligue 1 players on the list you need to go down to eight assists, with Angel Di Maria and Jonathan Bamba being joined by Memphis Depay last week when the former Man Utd winger set up a goal against Stade Rennais.

Iago Aspas and Marcos Llorente lead the rankings in Spain with eight assists so far in 2020/21.

Four players share the lead in Serie A, with eight also enough to sit top of the charts in that league.

Romelu Lukaku had two assists for Inter against Parma, meaning he shares top spot with Alvaro Morata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Hakan Calhanoglu.

MOST ASSISTS, TOP FIVE LEAGUES 2020/21

2020/21 European Assist Kings

PlayerTeamAssists
Harry KaneTottenham13
Kevin De BruyneMan City11
Thomas MullerBayern11
Jack GrealishAston Villa10
Joshua KimmichBayern10
Bruno FernandesMan Utd10
Kingsley ComanBayern9
Jadon SanchoDortmund9
Jonas HofmannGladbach9
Filip KosticEintracht Frankfurt9
Heung-min SonTottenham9
Henrikh MkhitaryanRoma8
Hakan CalhanogluMilan8
Angel Di MariaPSG8
Jonathan BambaLille8
Raphael GuerreiroDortmund8
Daichi KamadaEintracht Frankfurt8
Borna SosaStuttgart8
Romelu LukakuInter8
Alvaro MorataJuventus8
Memphis DepayLyon8
Leroy SaneBayern8
Moussa DiabyLeverkusen8
Iago AspasCelta8
Marcos LlorenteAtletico Madrid8

To calculate the 2020/21 European Assist King, we will focus on the top-five leagues to keep things simple and track which players have provided the most assists in each respective league.

There are no coefficients or scales used - just ranking the most goals created by each player in the top-five leagues condensed into a single table.

Who had the most assists in previous seasons?

2019/20: Thomas Müller, Bayern (21 assists)

2018/19: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (15 assists)

2017/18: Kevin De Bruyne, Man City (16 assists)

Thomas Müller was the European Assists King in 2019/20, as he recorded 21 assists in the Bundesliga.

The Bayern forward only just beat Lionel Messi, who had 20 La Liga assists for Barcelona. Kevin De Bruyne was another to narrowly miss out after he also set up 20 goals and topped the Premier League charts.

Alejandro Gómez – then playing for Atalanta - was top for Serie A with 16, while Angel Di Maria had 14 for PSG in Ligue 1.

The crown for most creative player in Europe in 2018/19 went to Eden Hazard. He had 15 assists for Chelsea, meaning he narrowly beat Jadon Sancho (14) and Ryan Fraser (14) to the award.

De Bruyne had the most assists in Europe during 2017/18. He created 16 goals for his Man City team-mates. Leroy Sane (15), Dimitri Payet (14) and Luis Alberto (14) all narrowly missed out.

What is an assist?

An assist in football is usually credited to the player who plays the final pass or cross before a goal is scored. A player may receive recognition for creating a goal by being awarded an assist even if the pass or touch they have made to set up the goalscorer is unintentional.

There can be slight differences in how assists are recorded and allocated depending on the criteria of each official competition. For example, if a player’s pass towards a goalscorer takes a deflection on its way to the intended target, an assist is often not credited. A player who wins a penalty that is then scored does not usually get an assist either.

As well as a recognised official statistic, assists are often important in fantasy football games and betting markets.

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