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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: 10:15, 21 September 2021

The 2021/22 Premier League season is well underway 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).

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. Kane finished two assists ahead of De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes, though the Man City midfielder’s 12 came in just 2,001 minutes (over 1,000 fewer than his fellow top-three finishers).

Jack Grealish and Son-Heung-min completed the top five as the only other players to record at least 10 assists in the Premier League last season, with the former doing so in just 2,184 minutes as injury cut his campaign short.

This season, there is an early leader in Paul Pogba, who has recorded seven assists in just five matches, four more than any other player. There is then a quartet of players on three assists made up of August Player of the Month Michail Antonio, Gabriel Jesus, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Mateo Kovacic.

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 10:00, 21/09/21.

Position Player Assists xA Minutes Played
1st Paul Pogba 7 1.31 418
2nd Gabriel Jesus 3 1.30 322
3rd Michail Antonio 3 0.68 357
4th Mateo Kovacic 3 0.83 387
5th Abdoulaye Doucoure 3 0.34 450
6th Reece James 2 0.84 158
7th Pascal Groß 2 0.39 270
8th Ricardo Pereira 2 0.30 281
9th Andros Townsend 2 0.83 355
10th Trent Alexander-Arnold 2 2.38 360