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Premier League most assists: Playmaker Award goes to Ollie Watkins for 2023/24

By Harry Edwards

Published: 19:00, 19 May 2024

One of the more recent accolades, the Premier League Playmaker Award focuses on the players setting up the goals.

Historically, goalscorers have been the focus of the attack. But now, more appreciation has been shown to those providing the assists—and the Premier League has many playmakers. Since the Playmaker Award was first given in 2017/18, four players have picked it up, with Kevin De Bruyne leading the way with three.

The Belgian won the first with 16 assists, got his second crown in 2019/20 with a record-equalling 20, and then hit 16 again last season. He is joined by compatriot Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, and Mohamed Salah, the latter duo also winning the Golden Boot alongside their Playmaker Award.

De Bruyne gave everyone a head start this season, missing the first half of the campaign due to injury,  but going into the final day, he once again found himself in the running. The Belgian was just three behind the leader, Ollie Watkins, knowing it would take a mammoth task to overtake Watkins, and that came to pass.

De Bruyne finished with nine other players on ten assists, with Watkins claiming the prize with 13, two ahead of Cole Palmer.

Premier League Playmaker Awards odds & favourites


Player CopyBet
Ollie Watkins 1/100
Kevin De Bruyne 25/1
Pascal Gross 100/1
Mohamed Salah 100/1
Kieran Trippier 150/1
Cole Palmer 150/1
Anthony Gordon 150/1
Morgan Gibbs-White 250/1
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Premier League most assists: 2023/24 season | EPL

Players with the same amount of assists are ranked by fewer minutes played. Stats correct as of 19:00 on 19/05/24.

Player Assists xA Minutes Played
Ollie Watkins 13 4.16 3,221
Cole Palmer 11 8.66 2,624
Kevin De Bruyne 10 7.13 1,227
Kieran Trippier 10 7.07 2,240
Brennan Johnson 10 4.5 2,330
Mohamed Salah 10 7.5 2,535
Anthony Gordon 10 5.58 2,898
Son Heung-Min 10 8.32 2,946
Martin Ødegaard 10 11.17 3,098
Pascal Groß 10 9.21 3,114

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Premier League top playmakers: 2023/24 season | EPL

Players with the same amount of chances created are ranked by fewer minutes played. Stats correct as of 19:00 on 19/05/24.

Player Chances Created Open Play Minutes Played
Bruno Fernandes 114 75 3,119
Pascal Groß 103 61 3,114
Martin Ødegaard 102 88 3,098
Bukayo Saka 91 69 2,933
Andreas Pereira 84 42 2,637
Morgan Gibbs-White 74 51 3,161
Phil Foden 73 64 2,865
Cole Palmer 72 61 2,624
Gustavo Hamer 70 54 2,923
Alfie Doughty 70 28 2,937