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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Who has the most assists in Europe in 2021/22?



The battle to be crowned European Assists King for the 2021/22 season has begun, and the frontrunners have already started making strides.

Thomas Müller has been the man to beat over recent years, impressively being named the continent’s top creative player for two straight season despite the Bundesliga having only 34 games rather than the 38 of many other major leagues.

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So, he headed into this season as one of the top candidates to produce the most assists in Europe.

Former winner Kevin De Bruyne and his new Manchester City team-mate Jack Grealish are also among those expected to feature near the top in our list of the most creative players in Europe, while Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are two of the Manchester United contingent likely to be involved in the discussion.

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Lionel Messi and Harry Kane have also fared well in the creative charts in recent seasons, though the winner could well be unexpected, with player totals for assists typically less stable than goals on an annual basis.

The 2021/22 European Assist King award will be won by the player who provides the most assists in the top-five European leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

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

We will also track the players who produce the most assists in each of those five divisions individually, so stay tuned to this page for the latest standings throughout the campaign.

MOST ASSISTS IN EUROPE 2021/22

Thomas Muller has retained his spot at the top of the assist leader board across Europe’s top five leagues after bagging his ninth of the season against Augsburg on Friday.

However, the Bayern Munich forward is now just one assist above his closest rival, Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.

Following Mbappe are two of his French teammates in Man Utd playmaker Paul Pogba and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, who both have seven assists to their name this season – which is also how many Mohamed Salah has for Liverpool to date.

There are five players that are now on six assists for the season, with Rayo Vallecano’s Oscar Trejo and Andrej Kramaric of Hoffenheim joining Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz, Moses Simon of Nantes and Jonathan Clauss of Lens.

The most notably newcomer to the list this week was none other than Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis, who bagged an impressive brace of assists in his side’s 4-1 victory over Man Utd.

2021/22 European Assist Kings

Player Team Assists
Thomas Muller Bayern 9
Kylian Mbappe PSG 8
Karim Benzema Real Madrid 7
Paul Pogba Man Utd 7
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 7
Oscar Trejo Rayo Vallecano 6
Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim 6
Florian Wirtz Bayer Leverkusen 6
Moses Simon Nantes 6
Jonathan Clauss Lens 6
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 6
Mateo Kovacic Chelsea 5
Gabriel Jesus Man City 5
Nicolo Barella Inter 5
Jimmy Cabot Angers 5
Ludovic Ajorque Strasbourg 5
Emmanuel Dennis Watford 5
Mario Pasalic Atalanta 5
Romain Faivre Brest 5

Who had the most assists in previous seasons?

2020/21: Thomas Müller, Bayern (19 assists)

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 has been named the European Assists King in each of the last two seasons (2019/20 and 2020/21), as he recorded 40 assists across those campaigns in the Bundesliga.

The Bayern star finished five assists clear of joint runners-up Harry Kane and Filip Kostic last season, with 19 goals created in total.

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Iago Aspas (13) had the most assists in La Liga last season, while Ruslan Malinovskiy and Memphis Depay (both 12) topped the assist charts in Serie A and Ligue 1 respectively.

Muller’s first crown came when he had 21 assists to only just beat Lionel Messi, who had 20 in La Liga 2019/20 for Barcelona. Kevin De Bruyne was another to narrowly miss out after he also set up 20 goals and topped the Premier League charts.

The award 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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