The Premier League has known some truly iconic goalscorers and some wonderfully creative maestros – but possessing the ability to both score and set up goals in great numbers is a quality that only few possess.
In over 30 seasons, only four players have ever notched 15 or more goals and assists in the same season. Doing so is a ridiculous achievement when you think about it.
We’ve taken a look through the four Premier League legends to have achieved the feat. With thanks to @OptaJoe for the stat.
Undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best players of the 2010s, if not all time, Hazard had his peaks and troughs at Chelsea but was arguably the best player in the country when he turned it on.
It didn’t work out for him at Real Madrid, but there’s a reason they spent €100million to make him their record signing.
The Belgian might not have possessed the mentality or off-field discipline to enjoy the longevity of someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, but that made us like him even more.
It made him more relatable, all the while being phenomenally technically gifted and routinely pulling off things we could never dream of.
He was outrageously good and was named the Premier League’s Player of the Season as Jose Mourinho’s Blues won the title in 2014-15. He was every bit as good when they won it again two years later under Antonio Conte.
But his best year numbers-wise was his last – 2018-19 – when he notched 16 goals and 15 assists for an otherwise ordinary Chelsea side that ended up 26 points behind champions Manchester City. And that’s not counting what he did in Europe.
The 2018/19 Europa League Player of the Season is Eden Hazard.
His performance that night won us the trophy. I wish he never left; it might have been a different story, who knows? I wish him all the best for the future.pic.twitter.com/1eQurZYJAE
— Pukka (@CFC_Pukka) October 10, 2023
The Arsenal legend deserves a different classification entirely. Henry is the only player in Premier League history to register 20+ goals and 20+ assists in a single campaign (2002-03) – let alone 15. He scored 24 goals and notched 20 assists.
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners finished runners-up to Manchester United that year, but Henry couldn’t have conceivably done more to have his side competing.
“When you see Kevin [De Bruyne]… because the other day he told me that he’s willing and trying to provide more than 20 assists. He has 16 already, right?” Henry joked with Sergio Aguero back in 2020.
“Yeah that’s right, 16, and the record in a season is 20. And I hold the record.
“So he said the other day that he wants to beat it. But I told him that with those 20 assists, you will have to score 24 goals as well! Not only assists!”
De Bruyne came close that year, but Henry’s assists record remains untouched.
Matt Le Tissier
There’s something of a generational divide when it comes to Le Tiss these days.
If you’re under the age of 20, you might know him as that bloke who used to be on Soccer Saturday and went a bit loopy during lockdown. Your older brother’s permanently stoned best mate shares his YouTube videos whenever he gets the chance.
If you’re over the age of 30, you’ll remember him as one of the most joyous footballers of your youth. A proper one-club legend who spent the entirety of his professional career with Southampton despite possessing the kind of ability that easily could’ve seen him turn out for a European powerhouse.
The kind of player – and career – you just don’t get any more.
Le Tissier enjoyed a number of spectacularly brilliant seasons at The Dell, but he peaked in the 90s when he notched an obscene tally of 19 goals and 16 assists for Alan Ball’s Saints, who finished 10th.
But did he actually get all those goals and assists or is that what they want you to think?
The mercurial Frenchman, as we’re obliged to describe him, kicked off the Premier League era with a statement of intent. He’d just won the title with Leeds and went on to score a hat-trick in a 4-3 Charity Shield victory over Liverpool – his finest hour for the Whites.
Despite that obvious quality, Howard Wilkinson struggled with Cantona’s temperament and profile and agreed to sell him to Manchester United in late November.
It soon proved to be the most influential transfer in Premier League history – the addition that was the catalyst for Sir Alex Ferguson’s dynasty.
Cantona notched 15 goals and 16 assists in that inaugural Premier League season (1992-93) – the vast majority of which came after joining the Red Devils, for whom he was talismanic in their first title in 26 years, and first of 13 lifted by Ferguson.