The Manchester City star has established himself as the division’s leading creative talent in recent years and is seeking to break the single season assist record in the coming weeks, but how does the midfielder compare to the Premier League’s best creators after 150 appearances in England’s top tier? Here are the five players with the most assists after 150 Premier League games:
Thierry Henry – 43 assists
Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer was arguably the Premier League’s finest player throughout his eight-year spell in north London, winning a record four Golden Boots and two league titles under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.Henry, however, was far, far more than just a great goalscorer.A wonderfully complete footballer, the former France international redefined what was expected of a centre-forward, drifting into wide positions and taking just as much satisfaction from providing goals for his grateful teammates.He registered 43 assists during his first 150 appearances in English football’s top flight, whilst he also holds the record for the most assists in a single season creating a record-breaking 20 goals during a 2002/03 season that saw him named as the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.
Dennis Bergkamp – 50 assists
Former Arsenal forward Bergkamp in fact left the Premier League with seven more assists than he scored goals. Recording 94 assists in total, he made it to 50 in just 146 appearances, prompting Gary Lineker to gush: “One runs out of superlatives in describing him as a player.“He has great vision, awareness, touch, finish, not to mention selflessness, which for a striker almost sounds like a contradiction in terms.”.
Mesut Ozil – 51 assists
Fabregas currently lies second in the all-time assists charts, but has a long way to go to catch Ryan Giggs, who is 51 ahead of the Chelsea midfielder.He is, however, one of just four players to make it to three figures, and brought up his half century in 165 matches.Ozil grew to be the quickest ever Premier League player to attain 50 assists, with his first 150 appearances in English football seeing the playmaker furnish fifty one goals for his Gunners’ teammates.His best season came when he furnished a league main 19 assists during the 2015/16 campaign, falling simply one brief of Thierry Henry’s long-standing single season record and turning into the first participant in records to have completed as the main aid company in the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga.
Eric Cantona – 53 assists
Cantona’s contribution to Manchester United is widely recognised as the catalyst behind an era of dominance in the Premier League era, inspiring the club to a first league title in 26 years before winning five of the first six editions of the rebranded league.The Frenchman arrived from rivals Leeds and brought a touch of class to Sir Alex Ferguson’s emerging side, swaggering into his new surroundings with trademark chest out and upturned collar.United’s best attacking play centred around the mercurialEric 'The King' Cantona, who is a famous movie star in the French film industry these days, was a striker par excellence during his stint at Manchester United.
Scoring 81 goals in 179 appearances for the Old Trafford club, Cantona is still rated very highly by the Manchester United faithful. Arriving at the club in 1992, Cantona remained at Old Trafford till his retirement five years later.Cantona, who was made captain of the club in 1996, also has 61 assists to his name.However, his disciplinary record was not exemplary, as is evident in his tally of 4 red and 21 yellow cards. The Frenchman became infamous for receiving a ban from football for physically assaulting a fan who was said to have provoked him. But the club faithful prefer to remember him for the joy and success his goals brought to the club.
Kevin De Bruyne – 63 assists
The Belgian playmaker brought up the landmark with a fortuitous set-up for Sergio Aguero during this afternoon's match against Bournemouth, missing his kick but seeing the ball fall to the feet of the Argentine, who tucked his finish into the bottom corner.De Bruyne who notched up 63 assists in just 150 Premier League games - comfortably quicker than previous record-holder Mesut Ozil, who took 141 outings to reach the milestone.Three other Premier League legends make up the top five, with Eric Cantona (143), Dennis Bergkamp (146) and Cesc Fabregas (165) having also brought up the half-century quickly.Kevin De Bruyne who now made 63 assists in 150 games in the Premier League, achieving this milestone in the fewest appearances of any player in the competition's history .
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