One of the more recent accolades, the Premier League Playmaker Award focuses on the players setting up the goals.
Historically, goalscorers have had all the focus when it comes to the attack, but now more appreciation has been shown to those providing the assists — and the Premier League has a lot of playmakers. Since the Playmaker Award was first given in 2017/18, four players have picked it up, with Kevin De Bruyne leading the way on 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 will always be among the favourites to win the Playmaker Award as long as he is in the Premier League, but this season there should be a different name on the trophy, with the Belgian missing a chunk of action through injury.
So, who could take his crown? Kane is no longer in the Premier League, leaving for Bayern Munich, but Salah is fighting near the top of the list on six assists. However, two other players are at the top of the assists charts…
Premier League Playmaker Awards odds & favourites
PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYMAKER AWARD ODDS
|Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)||11/4|
|Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)||8/1|
|Pedro Neto (Wolves)||8/1|
|Jeremy Doku (Man City)||8/1|
|James Ward-Prowse (West Ham)||10/1|
|Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)||14/1|
|James Maddison (Tottenham)||20/1|
|Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd)||20/1|
|Erling Haaland (Man City)||25/1|
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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 07:00 on 05/12/23.
|Ollie Watkins||6||1.71||1, 220|
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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 07:00 on 05/12/23.
|Player||Chances Created||Open Play||Minutes Played|