Many times in football, it’s only the goalscorers who are noticed, acknowledged, and given credit.
But it to score goals, there should be someone who creates those chances, one who ignites the spark and the opportunity that leads to that glorious goal.
Here are the top 5 Premier League players so far with the most assists.
5. Matt Phillips (eight assists)
Scottish winger Matt Phillips is not someone many Premier League followers will know about, but for the West Brom faithful, he has definitely become a fan favourite.
Brought in to the club last summer from Queens Park Rangers, the 25-year-old has been in impressive form for the Baggies this season – the Aylesbury-born winger’s crossing playing a pivotal role in West Brom’s attack time and time again during this campaign.
4. Kevin De Bruyne (nine assists)
Flamboyant playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is no stranger to creating magic on the pitch. At 25 years old, he has already played for the likes of Chelsea and Wolfsburg, every season making a name for himself as a future hall of famer.
This season, he has displayed his skills at Manchester City, providing the club with nine Premier League assists in his 26 appearances for the club so far.
A threat in attack on every turn, any manager would love to have someone like De Bruyne in their team.
3. Alexis Sanchez (nine assists)
Not many ardent football fans would fail to recognise the name Alexis Sanchez. Indeed, the Chilean winger has found his stock rise in recent years as one of the most talented footballers around.
His status was catapulted to superstardom in 2011, when he made his move from Udinese to Barcelona.
Three years later, he moved to Arsenal and has been phenomenal for the Gunners ever since. This season alone, he has been responsible not just for nine assists, but also 17 goals – not a bad output by anyone’s standards.
2. Gylfi Sigurdsson (ten assists)
Don’t let the unassuming nature of this Icelandic star fool you: Gylfi Sigurdsson’s talent on the ball, especially on set-pieces, is anything but mediocre.
Having moved back to Swansea after two years with Tottenham, the Reykjavik native has been one of the main cogs in the Swans attack, providing them with ten assists as well as eight goals – helping them stay just clear of relegation for the time being.
1. Christian Eriksen (ten assists)
Before his move to Tottenham back in 2013 from Dutch heavyweights Ajax, many English clubs were racing to acquire his signature, Manchester United and Arsenal, to name a few.
And who could blame them? Almost a magician in midfield, the Danish international has been a great player for Spurs this season, responsible for 15 team goals, scoring five and assisting in ten.
With such lethal form, you can bet on it – those clubs who failed to sign him four years ago are regretting they didn’t do more to sign Eriksen.