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Premier League most assists: Playmaker Award favourites for 2023/24

By Harry Edwards

Published: 22:20, 23 September 2023

The 2022/23 Premier League finished with Kevin De Bruyne claiming another Playmaker Award. Who will win it this time around?

The end-of-season accolade, if you didn’t know by now, is given to the player with the most assists across the Premier League campaign — first awarded in 2017/18 and won by Kevin De Bruyne with 16 assists. De Bruyne won again in 2019/20 with 20 assists, becoming the only player so far to win it twice (and now three times), but not before fellow Belgian Eden Hazard scooped it up in 2018/19 (15 assists).

Tottenham striker Harry Kane secured the Playmaker Award in 2020/21 after recording 14 assists, to go with his Golden Boot-winning 23 goals. And Mohamed Salah repeated that feat last time out, securing both accolades to round off another formidable season for Liverpool’s talismanic force.

With Kane now at Bayern Munich and De Bruyne injured long-term, the race for the Playmaker Award is wide open.

Before the international break there were a quartet of players on three assists, but two have moved ahead now, taking their tallies to four. The first to hit the mark was Pedro Neto, but he was upstaged by Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves, with a pair of assists to jump from two to four.

But how does the rest of the top 10 look?

Premier League Playmaker Awards odds & favourites


Player CopyBet
Phil Foden (Man City) 7/1
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 7/1
James Maddison (Tottenham) 10/1
Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd) 9/1
Jack Grealish (Man City) 10/1
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 14/1
Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton) 14/1
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) 14/1
James Ward-Prowse (West Ham) 14/1
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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 22:15 on 23/09/23.

Player Assists xA Minutes Played
Mohamed Salah 4 2.08 432
Pedro Neto 4 2.13 540
Jean-Philippe Mateta 3 0.22 123
James Ward-Prowse 3 0.49 351
Phil Foden 3 1.04 427
Kaoru Mitoma 3 1.86 441
Julian Alvarez 3 1.05 506
Julio Enciso 2  0.58 69
Tariq Lamptey 2 0.08 90
Fabio Vieira 2 0.46 127

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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 22:15 on 23/09/23.

Player Chances Created Open Play Minutes Played
Bruno Fernandes 18 12 540
Pedro Neto 18 10 540
Pascal Groß 16 11 440
Julian Alvarez 16 12 506
Eberechi Eze 16 7 540
Phil Foden 15 13 427
Bukayo Saka 15 10 449
James Maddison 14 7 429
Kaoru Mitoma 14 14 441
Pervis Estupinan 12 12 360