Europe’s top 11 chance creators, 2020-21: Kroos, De Bruyne, Neymar & more

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With their ability to prise open an opposition’s backline, top-quality creative players are currently in high demand from European clubs.

Looking through the data on WhoScored, we’ve picked out the top 10 players who make the most key passes per 90 minutes in Europe’s top five leagues, filtering out any players that have played fewer than 270 minutes so far this season.

A key pass is defined as the final pass before a team-mate takes a shot.

11= Daichi Kamada – 3.6

Kamada was first brought to the attention of a global audience after scoring twice for Eintracht Frankfurt in what turned out to be Unai Emery’s final game in charge of Arsenal in November 2019.

The Japan international continues to impress in the Bundesliga, providing a goal and three assists in his first seven appearances this season.

11= Memphis Depay – 3.6

Depay failed to live up to expectations at Manchester United but has rebuilt his reputation with Lyon over the last few years.

Despite being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, the 26-year-old hasn’t let the rumours distract him, registering five goals and three assists in 10 Ligue 1 appearances.

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9. Ruslan Malinovskiy – 3.7

Malinovskiy is yet to establish himself as a first-team regular in an entertaining Atalanta side but has impressed when given a chance.

The Ukraine international has two assists in three Serie A starts so far this season and will be giving his manager a selection headache.

8= Kevin De Bruyne – 3.8

After finishing top of this list in 2019-20, De Bruyne was always going to be involved here.

The Manchester City midfielder has already registered a goal and three assists in his first six Premier League appearances of 2020-21.

READ: Walker & Trent are still trying to work out how De Bruyne spotted this pass

8= Thomas Muller – 3.8

A player who doesn’t always get the credit that he deserves, Muller played an integral role in Bayern Munich’s treble success in 2019-20.

The Germany international has picked up where he left off last season with nine goal contributions in his opening seven Bundesliga games.

8= Neymar – 3.8

When he’s not humiliating defenders with his incredible skills, Neymar can be found creating opportunities for his PSG team-mates.

Despite only making four Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, the 28-year-old has already registered two goals and three assists.

READ: Once again, Neymar reminds us why he’s football’s most fun joker

5. Filip Duricic – 3.9

Sassuolo have been Serie A’s surprise package so far this season, with Duricic earning a host of plaudits for his performances. 

The former Southampton midfielder has flourished under the guidance of Roberto De Zerbi, bagging three goals and an assist in five Serie A appearances in 2020-21.

4= Raphael Guerreiro – 4.3

The fact a left-back is currently the joint-4th most creative player in Europe’s big five leagues tells you how much football has changed in recent years.

Guerreiro has provided a constant attacking outlet for Borussia Dortmund so far this season, registering three assists in four Bundesliga starts.

4= Christopher Nkunku – 4.3

After an impressive debut season at RB Leipzig, Nkunku has reasserted his status as one of the most creative players in Europe in 2020-21.

His impressive performances have seen him linked with a move to Arsenal and they’ll be keeping an eye on his progress this season.

2. Hakan Calhanoglu – 4.4

Calhanoglu has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season at AC Milan, reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Juventus.

With over four chances created for team-mates per 90 minutes, he can perhaps feel aggrieved he only has one assist so far this season.

READ: Hakan Calhanoglu, a free-kick master and another Milan No.10 to idolise

1. Toni Kroos – 4.5

Having won five league titles, four Champions Leagues and the World Cup during his career, Kroos’ talents are no secret.

The 30-year-old is yet to get himself among the goals or assists this season but continues to pull the strings from midfield for Real Madrid.

Just don’t ask him about goal celebrations…

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