Who has the most assists in Premier League history

The Premier League has been blessed with some great superstars over the years, but the English game has long not facilitated the creativity seen in other models of football across Europe.

During the formative years of the Premier League, English football was defined by the principles of the past. The 4-4-2 was adored across the country as if it were the Second Coming of Christ, while functional wingers who could step down the line and cross relentlessly were celebrated like Italians fetishized by trequartisti.

However, the most subtle of Sir Alex Ferguson’s changes would spark a revolution. Eric Cantona’s genius was too obvious for the legendary Scotsman to ignore and thus the 4-4-1-1 and Premier League ace was born. The following years involved English clubs trying to find their Cantona; its experienced operator between the lines of the opposition.

While replicating Cantona’s magic was an impossible task, the Premier League has seen some masterful creators who take assists for fun. Ironically, all-time assist leader Ryan Giggs was a winger!

Who has the most assists in the Premier League?
*indicates active player

Ryan Giggs: 162
Cesc Fabregas: 111
Wayne Rooney: 103
Frank Lampard: 102
Kevin DeBruyne: 95*
Dennis Bergkamp: 94
David Silva: 93
Steven Gerrard: 92
James Milner: 87*
David Beckham 80
Who has the most assists in a single Premier League season?
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Arsenal icon Thierry Henry currently hold the joint record for most assists in a single Premier League season.

Henry beat Cantona’s previous record of 16 goals (1992/93) by recording 20 in the 2002/03 season. The Frenchman also came close to winning the Golden Boot that year, but was bested by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Despite his incredible campaign, Henry was unable to lead the Gunners to the title as Man Utd regained their crown.

Henry’s monstrous assist was nearly matched two seasons later by Frank Lampard, who turned 18 when Chelsea won their first Premier League title. Cesc Fabregas came close to rivaling Henry on two occasions (17 in 2007/08 and 18 in 2014/15) before Mesut Ozil added 19 assists in 2015/16.

The German ace looked like a sure bet to surpass Henry’s record, who racked up 16 assists in 19 games, but Özil would struggle in the sequel as Arsenal’s title charge faltered.

De Bruyne has dominated the assist charts ever since and finally reached the magic 20 during the Covid-hit 2019/20 season. The Belgian’s assists have been spread throughout the campaign, and he has recorded two in City’s last two games to match Henry’s mammoth campaign.

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