Premier League assists: Which player has set up most goals?

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Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa, 2022/23
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After Kevin De Bruyne came out on top last season, it is time to find out which player will have the most Premier League assists in the 2023/24 season.

With an incredible playmaking record since joining Manchester City, De Bruyne came into the new campaign as the player to beat in the race to have the most goals created in England’s top flight, although a major injury early in the season has impacted his hopes.

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There are two major Liverpool rivals in the race to register the most Premier League assists this season, as Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold have often generated impressive EPL assists records.

New Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes was eager to stake a claim, while Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard hoped to produce high assist numbers for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s men bid to challenge for the title once more.

Jack Grealish could be a Man City team-mate of De Bruyne’s who also racks up a strong number of goal involvements and James Maddison will hope to make an impact in the assist rankings after his big transfer to Tottenham.

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There is also the chance of a surprise winner emerging, but recent history suggests a big-name player is likely to have the most EPL assists.

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This page will be updated over the course of the 2023/24 season as we take an in-depth look at the latest standings for Premier League assists. Check back after every matchday to see who is in the leading positions.

Premier League most assists 2023/24

Mohamed Salah, Ollie Watkins, Pedro Porro, Kieran Trippier and Pedro Neto are the players with the most Premier League assists this season.

Newcastle United defender Trippier was level with Neto at the top until the Wolves winger created a goal in the entertaining 2-2 draw between the two sides on October 28 to move narrowly ahead.

But Neto came off injured in the closing stages of that encounter in what was a worrying development for Wolves fans given his fantastic start to the campaign. He then missed over two months of action.

Trippier moved back on level terms by getting his seventh assist of the season in the 1-0 win over Manchester United, creating the winning goal scored by Anthony Gordon.

But those two stars have since been overtaken at the top. Four assists by in-form Salah since November 25 catapulted him up the standings before he departed for the AFCON and Aston Villa‘s Watkins has been on an impressive creative run too.

Pascal Gross, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Darwin Nunez and James Ward-Prowse are sitting just behind the four leaders, as they all have six goals created in the EPL.

It’s been an impressive run of form for England international Saka, who has set up goals for Arsenal against Burnley, Brentford and Luton Town since the start of November.

Earlier this season, the standings were shaken up by Manchester City winger Jeremy Doku, who now has five assists in the Premier League season.

James Maddison and Leon Bailey have reached five assists for the 2023/24 season too, putting them among the chasing pack, while Lucas Paqueta moved closer to the top of the standings after West Ham defeated Man Utd before Christmas.

EPL Assist Rankings

Player Team Assists
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 8
Ollie Watkins Aston Villa 8
Pedro Neto Wolves 7
Kieran Trippier Newcastle 7
Pedro Porro Tottenham 7
Pascal Gross Brighton 6
Bukayo Saka Arsenal 6
Phil Foden Man City 6
Julian Alvarez Man City 6
James Ward-Prowse West Ham 6
Darwin Nunez Liverpool 6
Anthony Elanga Nottingham Forest 6
Alfie Doughty Luton Town 6
Jeremy Doku Man City 5
Son Heung-min Tottenham 5
Anthony Gordon Newcastle 5
James Maddison Tottenham 5
Leon Bailey Aston Villa 5
Vladimir Coufal West Ham 5
Lucas Paqueta West Ham 5
Conor Gallagher Chelsea 4
Kaoru Mitoma Brighton 4
Moussa Diaby Aston Villa 4
Erling Haaland Man City 4
Richarlison Tottenham 3
Bruno Fernandes Man Utd 3

Until the Wolves game, Trippier had set up a goal in four straight matches, recording assists against Sheffield United, Burnley, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Newcastle defender Trippier was key to his team’s incredible 8-0 win over Sheffield United, recording three assists in that match to kickstart his current creative streak.

Neto has had a good start to the season, including setting up both goals in Wolves’ 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace and also adding to his tally in impressive displays against Liverpool, Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

Neto set up Wolves’ goal against Liverpool, while Salah was ultimately credited with two assists in their match at Molineux. The Egypt star had initially been given three, only for the third Liverpool goal to eventually be ruled as an own goal.

Salah’s two goals created in that game at Wolves added to his assists in the matches at Chelsea and Newcastle. His fine pass to set up a winner for Darwin Nunez in the final seconds as 10-man Liverpool grabbed a fantastic late victory at Newcastle was one of his top moments this season.

On the opening weekend, Salah impressively set up Luis Diaz for Liverpool as they drew 1-1 at Chelsea. The forward was later frustrated to be substituted but showed his quality creating the goal with a fine piece of play.

His most recent assists were setting up Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 1-1 draw away to champions Man City, creating the goal scored by Wataru Endo in the enthralling 4-3 win over Fulham and laying on a stoppage-time winner for Harvey Elliott at Crystal Palace.

Nunez is not far behind him on five assists, with his most recent goal created coming away to Sheffield United on December 6.

In-form Tottenham attacking midfielder Maddison created both goals for Son Heung-min in the dramatic 2-2 derby draw away to Arsenal and set up Micky van de Ven when his side won 1-0 at Luton.

Maddison previously got off to an impressive start with Tottenham after setting up both goals in their 2-2 draw at Brentford on Matchday 1.

After the departure of Harry Kane to Bayern, it was a strong Spurs debut for Maddison as he created the goals scored by defenders Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal.

Maddison’s progress has been slowed by a recent injury and while he has been out his team-mate Porro has surged up the standings, with his seventh assist of the season coming in Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Man Utd.

In a sensational performance, Doku scored once and had four assists as Man City thrashed Bournemouth 6-1 in the Premier League on November 4.

The 21-year-old made history as the youngest EPL player to have recorded four assists in a single game, emulating the likes of Paul Pogba and Harry Kane, who had previously achieved the feat.

Doku also had an assist for Man City against Brighton in October and is suddenly a contender towards the top of the assist rankings.

Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland have reached six and four assists respectively to sit towards the top of the EPL assist standings.

Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden has six assists, putting him two off the lead for the most goals created in England’s top flight.

Foden had goals created in three straight games early in the season, recording assists against Newcastle, Sheffield United and Fulham. He is yet to have an assist for a goal scored by in-form Haaland.

Ward-Prowse tormented Chelsea with two assists for West Ham on his debut for the club on Matchday 2 and added his third assist when his team beat Luton. He was back on form on MD12, getting two assists in the dramatic 3-2 home win over Nottingham Forest.

Paqueta, meanwhile, set up all three goals for West Ham in their 3-0 win over Wolves on December 17, before adding another goal created against Man Utd later that month.

Bruno Fernandes is also in the standings for 2023/24. He got an assist against Nottingham Forest, as well as scoring a late winner in a dramatic 3-2 win for Manchester United at Old Trafford. That was a fine performance from the captain, who also created 10 chances.

The Portugal star then set up a goal for Scott McTominay against Sheffield United and had an assist for Anthony Martial’s goal in the 3-0 win at Everton on November 26.

But it has otherwise been a tough start for Man Utd players. Marcus Rashford got an assist in the Forest game, while Christian Eriksen is off the mark for United after setting up the England forward’s goal in the dramatic defeat at Arsenal, but the club does not have a player with more than Fernandes’ three assists so far.

Premier League most assists by year

Season Player Assists
2022/23 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 16
2021/22 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 13
2020/21 Harry Kane (Tottenham) 14
2019/20 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 20
2018/19 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 15
2017/18 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 16
2016/17 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 18
2015/16 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 19
2014/15 Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 18
2013/14 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 13

Kevin De Bruyne had the most Premier League assists last season, setting up 16 goals as Man City won the title for a fifth time in the space of six seasons. Mohamed Salah and Leandro Trossard were tied for second place with 12 assists each.

Kevin De Bruyne has a formidable assists record
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Incredibly, it was the fourth time that De Bruyne has topped the Premier League assist charts since signing for Man City from Wolfsburg in 2015.

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It is an impressive list of names who have previously topped the EPL assist rankings over the course of a whole season. Salah has achieved the feat before, as has Liverpool great Steven Gerrard.

Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas are the other players to have claimed the accolade over the past decade.

Premier League most assists in a season

The record for the most goals created in a single Premier League season is 20 assists, an honour shared between Kevin De Bruyne and Thierry Henry.

Arsenal great Henry produced his astonishing total of 20 assists in the 2002/03 season. It took 17 years for someone to match it, with De Bruyne achieving the feat in 2019/20.

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Mesut Ozil came agonisingly close to matching the record in 2015/16, recording 19 assists in a brilliant individual season for Arsenal.

Prior to matching the record, De Bruyne also had a near miss of his own, producing 18 assists in the 2016/17 campaign and Cesc Fabregas also produced an 18-assist campaign.

Most assists in a single Premier League game

The highest total in a single Premier League game is four assists and it is a feat which has been achieved by eight different EPL players.

Paul Pogba was the last man to do it, creating four goals when Man Utd beat Leeds 5-1 in August 2021.

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Harry Kane, Emmanuel Adebayor and Dusan Tadic are three of the players who have had four-assist matches in the Premier League.

Arsenal players seem to fare particularly well in this record. The other four stars to register four assists in a game all did so while representing the Gunners: Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla.

Premier League most assists of all time

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has the most Premier League assists of all time.

Giggs reached a huge total of 162 assists across an illustrious top-flight career that spanned 632 matches.

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At the start of the 2023/24 season, ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was in second place with 111 assists, with Wayne Rooney next on 103.

But Kevin De Bruyne is rising fast up the standings, starting the season on 102 assists, within 60 of the record held by Giggs.

Frank Lampard (102), Dennis Bergkamp (94), David Silva (93), Steven Gerrard (92), James Milner (87) and David Beckham (80) are the other EPL greats sitting in the top 10 for goals created.

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It is Man City star De Bruyne who has the best assists per game total in the list. He was the fastest player to reach 50 EPL assists, doing so in just 123 games, and also the quickest to a century, getting there in the space of only 237 matches.

De Bruyne is likely to be in second place overall by the time this season has reached its conclusion.

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