Europe’s top attacking duos, 2018-19: Mbappé & Neymar, Wilson & Fraser

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Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser are among Europe’s most prolific attacking duos so far this season. 

We’ve taken a look at Europe’s top five leagues to pick out the players who have worked best together in terms of one assisting the other.

The list unsurprisingly contains some well-known names, but great partnerships certainly aren’t just the preserve of the big clubs…

5 – Kylian Mbappé (provider) & Neymar (scorer)

No real surprise that these two are at the top of the list. They’ve ripped Ligue 1 apart so far this season, with the help of Edinson Cavani as well, of course.

Mbappé has really kicked on since having an outstanding World Cup – and Neymar has certainly benefitted from it.

The former Barcelona man has been assisted by Mbappé five times already this season, and you should expect that tally to keep on growing.

They make it look so easy.

 

5 – Filip Kostić (provider) & Luka Jović (scorer)

These two are perhaps less well-known on the world stage but have been just as effective in front of goal.

The Serbian duo have formed quite a formidable pair up top for Eintracht Frankfurt so far this season, helping them to sit in the top six of Bundesliga.

Kostić and Jović are on loan from Hamburg and Benfica respectively, but the German side have an option to purchase both at the end of their deals.

This is Kostić assisting Jović for the first of his five goals against Düsselfdorf. Yes, five.

 

5 – Nicolas Pépé (provider) & Jonathan Bamba (scorer)

It’s no surprise that Lille have fared so well this season with these two in the side.

Pépé’s 13 goals last term helped Lille to just about stay up in Ligue 1, a complete contrast to now as they sit second behind PSG.

Pépé has carried his form over to this campaign and created a strong partnership with opposite winger Jonathan Bamba, who owes five of his goals to the Ivorian.

4 – Callum Wilson (provider) & Ryan Fraser (scorer)

Premier League big boys such as Harry Kane and Mo Salah may be scoring for fun this season, but no duo are better together than Wilson and Fraser.

The Bournemouth pair have been brilliant for the Cherries so far this season: Fraser sits joint top of the Premier League assist chart, while Wilson is behind only Kane for goals by an Englishman.

4 – Jadon Sancho (provider) & Marco Reus (scorer)

Borussia Dortmund have stormed the Bundesliga so far this season – and Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus have played a big part in that.

Sancho, 18, has been a revelation for the Black and Yellow, scoring six and assisting eight, with four of those assists being finished off by Reus.

The pair, alongside Paco Alcácer, will be hoping to take their form into the second half of the season to ensure they take top spot ahead of rivals Bayern Munich.

READ: If Jadon Sancho can do this at 18, imagine how good he’s going to be

4 – Wissam Ben Yedder (provider) & Pablo Sarabia (scorer)

Arguably, these two should be top of the list – not only has Ben Yedder assisted Sarabia four times, but Sarabia has done the same for Ben Yedder.

The pair have been lethal in La Liga this season for Sevilla, and with André Silva alongside them, you can expect them to be breathing down Barcelona’s neck right until the final day.

3 – 31 duos

There are a fair few duos narrowly missing out on the list.

Bigger names include Lacazette to Aubameyang, Eriksen to Kane, Suárez to Messi and Ronaldo to Mandžukić.

However, there are plenty of smaller-club partnerships on the list with Sessegnon to Mitrović for Fulham and Lazzari to Antenucci for S.P.A.L also on there.

By Tom Rawcliffe


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