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Most Premier League assists 2021/22: Race for the Playmaker Award

By Harry Edwards

Most Premier League assists 2021/22: Race for the Playmaker Award

Published: 13:10, 25 January 2022

The 2021/22 Premier League season is now in its second half and the race for the Playmaker Award is already an interesting prospect.

The Playmaker Award, 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, but not before fellow Belgian Eden Hazard scooped it up in 2018/19 (15 assists).

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Tottenham striker Kane is the current holder of the Playmaker Award after recording 14 assists last season, to go with his Golden Boot-winning 23 goals. Until recently it was a similar case with the Golden Boot leader also top of the assist standings, but there is a new man leading in Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The full-back has provided 10 assists for the season, moving one clear of Mohamed Salah who hasn’t been able to add any owing to the fact that is is on international duty. And they have been joined in a Liverpool-dominated top three by Andrew Robertson, who recently recorded his eighth assist of the season. Paul Pogba, now, has slipped slightly further down the list and he has been joined on seven assists by Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus and West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen. There’s then a couple of players with six assists, including Mason Mount, and even more on five.

Keep track of the top 10 assist leaders below as the 2021/22 campaign progresses.

Premier League top playmakers: 2021/22 season | EPL

Players with the same amount of goals are ranked by fewer minutes played. Stats correct as of 13:00, 25/01/22.

Position Player Assists xA Minutes Played
1st Trent Alexander-Arnold 10 8.78 1,773
2nd Mohamed Salah 9 3.66 1,783
3rd Andrew Robertson 8 3.41 1,397
4th Paul Pogba 7 1.53 633
5th Gabriel Jesus 7 2.81 1,326
6th Jarrod Bowen 7 2.99 1,947
7th Mason Mount 6 4.84 1,435
8th Michail Antonio 6 3.63 1,929
9th Reece James 5 2.69 1,115
10th Mateo Kovacic 5 2.09 1,127

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