Kane to Son among the best assist-scorer combos in Europe’s big leagues
While goalscorers receive most of the plaudits after finding the back of the net, they still need someone to create the opportunity in the first place.
Several clubs have already shown that if a creator and a goalscorer develop good chemistry on the pitch, there’s little that defences can do to stop them.
We’ve looked at the players who have combined to score the most goals in Europe’s big five leagues so far this season.
4= Assist: Pablo Sarabia, Goal: Kylian Mbappe
We were always expecting to see a PSG double act on this list, and Sarabia has already assisted Mbappe three times this term.
After coming off the bench in the 82nd minute against Angers, Sarabia crossed for Mbappe to score PSG’s sixth goal of the game just two minutes later.
The winger then set up the France international in their 4-0 win over Nimes and repeated the trick in the 4-0 win against Dijon.
4= Assist: Giovanni Reyna, Goal: Erling Haaland
Regarded as two of the best young talents in world football, Reyna and Haaland have developed a special relationship at Borussia Dortmund, and have also combined for three goals scored by the striker this season.
Reyna won the penalty that Haaland converted against Borussia Monchengladbach and also set up both of his goals against Freiburg.
“On the pitch, he kind of just told me what he likes, and I can play into his strengths, so he told me just to play the ball in behind, and I really saw his speed right away, and you can see it’s paying off,” Reyna told the Bundesliga’s official website in October 2020.
“That chemistry is working, and I am just trying to make the whole team’s life easy and especially his.”
4= Assist: Dries Mertens, Goal: Hirving Lozano
After becoming Napoli’s all-time leading goalscorer earlier this year, Mertens is seemingly after their assist record too.
He set up both of Lozano’s goals against Genoa and also provided the assist for the Mexico international’s second goal against Atalanta.
1. Assist: Harry Kane, Goal: Son Heung-min
As well as being an incredible goalscorer, Kane has shown a different side to his game in 2020-21 by also creating chances for his team-mates. Son in particular has benefited from Kane’s creativity, scoring seven goals from the England captain’s passes so far this term.
Kane provided the assist for all four of Son’s goals against Southampton and also put the 28-year-old clean through to clip a shot past David de Gea in their 6-1 win over Manchester United.
He helped his team-mate open the scoring against West Ham before Son then headed home Kane’s flick-on against Burnley.
“When I’ve dropped deeper this season the wide players have been running in behind and that has given me space to get my head up and play those passes through,” Kane told Sky Sports in October 2020. “Maybe we haven’t been doing that in recent years.
“The confidence is high, and everyone knows if I get that ball and turn, they have a chance of getting through on goal.”