Here are the Premier League players to have created the most chances this season.
Can anyone beat Kevin De Bruyne to top spot? Almost certainly not. But it could be quite the race for second, which, incredibly, Andreas Pereira is currently winning…
We’ve included the chances created in total as well as the per 90 in brackets to separate the ties. Thanks to Fotmob for the stats.
1) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): 47 (3.7)
He’s on course to break the 20-assist record he currently holds with Thierry Henry in a single Premier League season, needing a further 12 in 24 games. With Erling Haaland on the end of things, that shouldn’t be a problem.
2) Andreas Pereira (Fulham): 41 (2.8)
Sorry, who? Seen as something of a joke in his time at Manchester United, Pereira is providing further evidence that it was the club we should have been laughing at.
3) Kieran Trippier (Newcastle): 38 (2.4)
Isn’t mentioned in the same breath as younger, more fashionable English full-backs, but there’s no sign of the alternatives on this list with Trent Alexander-Arnold the next highest contender on 27 chances created.
4) Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): 36 (2.6)
Thriving as the main man at Manchester United again after a season in the shade of Cristiano Ronaldo. A proper, less arrogant striker signing in January to finish off all these chances would surely see Erik ten Hag secure Champions League football in his first season.
5) Bukayo Saka (Arsenal): 33 (2.3)
Arsenal’s rise has coincided with that of Saka, who would definitely be more heavily linked with Manchester City if the Gunners weren’t flying. Then again, the Gunners wouldn’t be flying if it weren’t for Saka.
6) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): 33 (2.2)
Even when he wasn’t scoring all that much at the start of the season he was creating; now he is scoring and still creating. Like throwing sh*t at a wall, enough chances provided by Salah should see Darwin Nunez score eventually.
7) James Ward-Prowse (Southampton): 32 (2.0)
Does anyone do anything at Southampton other than Ward-Prowse?
8) James Maddison (Leicester): 31 (2.5)
As the top goalscorer (7) and assist maker (4) Maddison must have felt a bit like a one-man band under Brendan Rodgers this season. Leicester would be staring relegation in the face without him.
9) Martin Odegaard (Arsenal): 30 (2.3)
It’s turned out to be a very good decision to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal. Odegaard’s slippery, all-action style is perfect for the Gunners. Who’d have thunk it might be the 24-year-old Norwegian lifting the Premier League trophy at season’s end?
10) Aaron Cresswell (West Ham): 30 (2.0)
It can’t be a great feeling for Brazil’s starting playmaker Lucas Paqueta to see his creative influence pale in comparison to England’s 27th choice full-back, but there he is.