Research from online betting site BetStars has shown that City talisman Kevin De Bruyne has assisted seven assists for his team-mates in the Premier League this season, meaning he is top of the charts for secondary assists and regular goal assists.
A secondary assist is defined as having provided the key pass to the team-mate who then subsequently assists a goal – the pre-assist assist, as it were.
The Belgian playmaker has also scored 5 goals and also registered 11 assists, meaning he has played a role in 37.5% of his club’s goals, once secondary assists are factored in.
Second placed in the chart of secondary assists in the Premier League this season is Arsenal’s contract rebel Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has registered eight secondary assists to go with his six regular assists and seven goals, which means that he has played a part in almost half (47.5%) of the Gunners’ top-flight strikes so far.
His team-mate Alexandre Lacazette, who has six secondary assists, has been involved in 19 of his side’s 40 goals, a contribution of 45%.
However, the man in third place has been even more integral to his team’s goal scoring this season: Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez has racked up seven secondary assists to add to his six goals and nine regular assists, meaning that he’s been involved in comfortably more than half (58.8%) of the Foxes’ 34 Premier League goals this term.
De Bruyne remains top of the secondary assist charts when we look across the rest of the big five European leagues.
Lars Stindl of Borussia Monchengladbach comes closest with a tally of nine – more than doubling his overall contribution and making him responsible in some way for over half of his club’s league goals.
Alexis Sanchez is sandwiched between two Serie A players in the top five, with Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic having also registered eight secondary assists but in fewer minutes, while the seven notched by Luis Alberto of Lazio edges out Riyad Mahrez on the same basis.
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