Kane to Son among the best assist-scorer combos in Europe’s big leagues

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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.

=3. Three goals – 15 duos

Assist: Lucas Digne, Goal: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Assist: Mateusz Klich, Goal: Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)
Assist: Marcus Rashford, Goal: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Assist: Son Heung-min, Goal: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Assist: Karim Benzema, Goal: Federico Valverde (Real Madrid)
Assist: Angel Correa, Goal: Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
Assist:  Sergio Canales, Goal: Cristian Tello (Real Betis)

Assist: Robin Quaison, Goal: Jean-Philippe Mateta (Mainz)
Assist: Giovanni Reyna, Goal: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Assist: Daichi Kamada, Goal: Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Assist: Achraf Hakimi, Goal: Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)
Assist: Dries Mertens, Goal: Hirving Lozano (Napoli)

Assist: Pablo Sarabia, Goal: Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Assist: Benjamin Bourigeaud, Goal: Nayef Aguerd (Rennes)
Assist: Memphis Depay, Goal: Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon)

2. Assist: Jack Grealish, Goal: Ollie Watkins 

After Watkins arrived at Villa Park for a club-record £33million over the summer, Grealish spoke warmly of the former Brentford striker.

The England international told the Birmingham Mail: “He deserves that price tag for a reason. You’ve only got to look at his stats from last season. We’ve been working with him now and I’m not even just saying that just because people want to hear it. It’s genuine.

“I’ve had training sessions, finishing sessions with him and there’s no surprise to me why he ended up getting so many goals last season.”

These words have translated into goal returns. To date, Grealish has supplied four of Watkins’ Premier League goals, including this counter-attacking beauty at Arsenal.

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 eight 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.”

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