Some players are blessed with the ability to create chances and others, unfortunately, are not.
It takes a particular type of player to be able to carve out an opportunity for their teammate by spotting a gap in a defensive line, whether through producing a pinpoint pass, whipping in a stunning cross, or executing an accurate set-piece.
The Premier League is home to some of the finest chance creators in the game and the 2021/22 season is no different. Bruno Fernandes entered the season as the league’s most ‘creative’ player, having created 95 chances in 2020/21, eight more than any other player. The Manchester United midfielder finished eight chances ahead of second-placed Mason Mount, who was integral under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
Jack Grealish completed the top three, with 81 chances, but he played significantly fewer minutes than the two players above him due to an injury toward the end of the campaign. Grealish sat one chance created ahead of new Manchester City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, who also had an injury-hit season, himself playing just over 2,000 minutes.
Completing the top five was Trent Alexander-Arnold on 77 chances created, a fine return considering many believe he had a poor season by his own standards. And he has started the new season in top form as the first player to hit 20 chances created, seven clear of his closest rivals Grealish and Mohamed Salah.
A further five players have hit the double figures mark including a potentially surprising name in Raul Jimenez, who has been more of a creative spark for Wolves following his return from injury as opposed to a goalscoring threat. But who else is up there fighting Alexander-Arnold? Keep track of the top 10 assist leaders below as the 2021/22 campaign progresses.
Most chances created Premier League 2021/22 season: Current standings
Players with the same amount of chances created are separated by minutes played. Stats correct as of 10:45, 13/09/21.
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