Ranked! The 10 best assists in Premier League history
Kevin De Bruyne has been running the show for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side this season, laying on chances for his team-mates like a red-cheeked, Belgian Xavi.
Since his City debut in September 2015, he’s set up 32 goals – more than anyone else in the Premier League. In honour of KDB’s superhuman vision, let’s count down the best assists in Premier League history, starting with...
10. Kevin De Bruyne for Raheem Sterling
Man City 2-1 Arsenal, 2016/17
Ah, yes – the Belgian wizard himself. Much of De Bruyne’s most eye-catching work is in the build-up to goals; the pre-assists – like the blind pass for Leroy Sane to square for Raheem Sterling in last weekend’s 3-2 win over West Brom.
He does pop up with plenty of assists, however, such as this smashing crossfield ball to set up Sterling against Arsenal last season. Like Xabi Alonso in a similar-ish assist for Liverpool, De Bruyne controls the ball on his chest and hits an instant, perfect pass to release the winger on the opposite side. There’s still plenty for Sterling to do, but the pass makes it all possible.
9. Steven Gerrard for Daniel Sturridge
Fulham 2-3 Liverpool, 2013/14
The Liverpool captain produced a moment of class in a slightly slapstick game at Craven Cottage. Liverpool were behind after an own goal from Kolo Toure, who inexplicably sliced into his own net under absolutely no pressure. He would later knock referee Phil Dowd to the floor in an accidental collision.
The away side’s goal to make it 1-1 came when the ball broke to Gerrard in the centre circle. He rushed onto it and – off-balance – played a curling outside-of-the-right-foot ball into the path of Daniel Sturridge, who broke Fulham’s offside trap to finish off the post.
8. Luis Suarez for Dirk Kuyt
Liverpool 3-1 Man United, 2010/11
This goal wasn’t just laid on a plate for Dirk Kuyt. It was sliced up, chewed and regurgitated in the manner of a mother bird feeding its chicks. Trust Luis Suarez to sink his teeth into something.
It was still 0-0 in a typically heated north-west derby when the Uruguayan collected the ball inside United's area with his back to goal. He was quickly swarmed by defenders, but rolled smartly into space before sashaying around a couple more challenges and attempting to finish. The ball ended up literally on the goal-line for Kuyt to poke home and then execute the classic ‘point at provider’ celebration that’s customary on such occasions.
7. Olivier Giroud for Jack Wilshere
Arsenal 4-1 Norwich, 2013/14
This might just be the best goal in Premier League history, and Jack Wilshere will fight anyone who says otherwise. There’s something about the timing of the three flicks leading up to his simple volleyed finish that lend it an air of unreality. It’s almost too perfect.
Mesut Ozil likened it to watching a goal on the PlayStation, but to be honest you’d be hard pressed to move your fingers quickly enough to recreate it in a video game. The penultimate touch from Giroud is the pick of the bunch: an instant round-the-corner flick that leaves four Norwich defenders bewildered and helpless.