Who has the most Premier League assists? Who has assisted the most goals for a single club? Has anyone assisted four goals in a game? We answer all these questions – and more – in our detailed look at assists in the history of the Premier League.
Who Has the Most Premier League Assists?
As a player who has 632 Premier League appearances under his belt, it’s probably unsurprising that Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs tops the list of leading Premier League assisters.
The Welshman provided 162 assists over his Premier League career, which is 51 more than the next best player: Cesc Fàbregas. Fàbregas leads the charts in terms of non-British players, with his 111 Premier League assists coming across 350 games for Arsenal and Chelsea.
The only other three players to reach the century of assists in the Premier League are Wayne Rooney (103), Frank Lampard (102) and Kevin De Bruyne (102). De Bruyne recently overtook Steven Gerrard (92) and former teammate David Silva (93) before surpassing Dennis Bergkamp’s Premier League assist tally of 94 in early October 2022. He’s now drawn level with Frank Lampard on 102 assists following his cross for John Stones’ goal in the crucial Premier League win over Arsenal on 26 April 2023.
The Belgian became the fifth player to hit 100 assists in the competition on 8 April 2023 with his cross for Erling Haaland away at Southampton, and the only other current Premier League player near the landmark is James Milner (87). Even Milner would accept that age isn’t on his side to reach the century, though.
Who Has the Most Premier League Assists for a Single Club?
Of course, as a one-club man during his career, it’s obvious that Giggs’ 162 Premier League assists also leads this category, with only Wayne Rooney (93) and David Beckham (80) appearing in the top 10 for Manchester United. But there are some interesting differences in the rankings.
Bergkamp has assisted the fifth-most goals in Premier League history overall, but his 94 assists all came for Arsenal in the competition. This means his tally is the third-highest for a single club in the competition.
Fàbregas has assisted the second-most goals in the Premier League overall (111), but only 70 of these came at Arsenal, with the other 41 coming in a Chelsea shirt. Steven Gerrard’s 92 Premier League assists all came for Liverpool – with his feats for the Reds meaning he’s one of only 10 players to have assisted 70+ goals exclusively for one club.
Of current Premier League players, only De Bruyne appears with his 101 assists for Man City. His century of Premier League assists at City arrived on 15 April, when Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium – the landmark was reached thanks to creating Haaland’s second goal of the match.
His first assist in the competition came in a Chelsea shirt in their win over Hull at Stamford Bridge. This assist for Oscar’s goal was the first goal scored in José Mourinho’s second spell as Blues manager.
Who Has the Most Assists in a Single Premier League Season?
In 2019-20, Kevin De Bruyne finally ended a 17-year wait for someone to equal Thierry Henry’s phenomenal tally of 20 Premier League assists in 2002-03.
Whilst the Belgian’s overall output that season was impressive with 13 goals to add to his 20 assists, it wasn’t as impressive as Henry’s 2002-03 campaign where the French forward added 24 goals to his 20 assists. His 44 goal involvements for the Gunners that season are the most ever seen by a player in a 38-game Premier League campaign.
Mesut Özil led the way for assists in 2015-16, with 19 for his Arsenal teammates in 35 top-flight appearances. Sixteen of these came in his first 18 games of that season, with the German international midfielder set to absolutely smash Henry’s previous record of 20, but the final 17 appearances that campaign only yielded three more assists, including one on the final day in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
Özil’s 2015-16 tally was two more than he ever managed in a season at La Liga club Real Madrid, with his 17 passes leading to goals in 2010-11 and 2011-12 the best he managed in Spain.
De Bruyne joined this list in 2022-23 – finishing on 16 assists, which was four more than both Mohamed Salah and Leandro Trossard (12).
Who Has the Most Assists in a Premier League Game?
What’s better than a hat-trick of assists? Well, more than three in a game, probably. We’ve only witnessed seven occasions of a player assisting four goals in a single Premier League match, with Paul Pogba’s quadruple for Man Utd against Leeds United in 2021-22 the last occasion.
In fact, until Pogba’s efforts we were starting to think it was a north London cheat code to grab four assists in a Premier League match.
The first six occasions between the inaugural 1992-93 season to 2020-21 all came from either an Arsenal player (four) or from someone playing for Spurs (two).
Dennis Bergkamp – Arsenal vs. Leicester City (20 February 1999)
José Antonio Reyes – Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough (14 January 2006)
Cesc Fàbregas – Arsenal vs. Blackburn Rovers (4 October 2009)
Emmanuel Adebayor – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United (11 February 2012)
Santi Cazorla – Arsenal vs. Wigan Athletic (14 May 2013)
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton (20 September 2020)
Paul Pogba – Manchester United vs. Leeds United (14 August 2021)
Of the seven players listed above, Fàbregas, Adebayor and Kane also scored a goal in this match – meaning they were involved in five goals in total in that performance. This isn’t a record for goal involvements in a single game, with both Jürgen Klinsmann (Spurs vs. Wimbledon in May 1998) and Alan Shearer (Newcastle vs. Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999) having six goal involvements in those appearances.
Who Has the Most Premier League Assists Without a Goal?
Bet you didn’t open this article and expect to read about Alan Kimble, did you? Well, you’re here and this is happening. Wikipedia tells us that Kimble “was known to get to the byline and lump the ball upfield to the strikers”. Well, it worked, as he assisted 24 goals in the Premier League for the Dons – that’s a joint-high with Neil Ardley.
Unfortunately for Kimble, his gifts were never reciprocated by his teammates. He never scored a goal in his 181 appearances in the Premier League. This makes him the player to have assisted the most goals in the Premier League without having scored one himself.
Special mentions to both Kenny Cunningham (16 assists) and Rob Jones (11 assists) for also setting up teammates for goals but never being scorers themselves. However, Cunningham scores an extra point for being the outfield player to have played the most Premier League games without ever scoring (335 apps).
Current West Ham player Vladimír Coufal also has 12 assists without ever scoring himself in the Premier League – still only halfway to Kimble’s tally of 24, but one to watch out for…
Who is the Youngest Player to Assist a Premier League Goal?
Two 16-year-olds have assisted a Premier League goal since it began in 1992.
Rooney may be one of only four players to have assisted over 100 Premier League goals, but he was beaten to the youngest record by Aaron Lennon by 98 days.
Lennon assisted a goal in Leeds United’s defeat to Arsenal at Elland Road in November 2003 while aged just 16 years and 199 days old. This eclipses Rooney’s assist for Everton against Spurs in August 2002 when he was only 16 years, 297 days old.
Jonathan Leko only ever assisted two goals in his 14 Premier League appearances, but both came as a 17-year-old – one of only 16 players to assist a goal in the competition before their 18th birthday.
Who is the Oldest Player to Assist a Premier League Goal?
We could have given you 100 guesses to correctly get the oldest player to ever assist a goal in the Premier League, and we’re very confident you wouldn’t have picked it right.
Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar assisted a goal for Manchester United in their February 2011 meeting at Old Trafford with Aston Villa when aged 40 years, 95 days old – the oldest assister for a goal in the history of the competition. This was the Dutchman’s only Premier League assist, coming in his last of 10 seasons as a player in the competition.
On the subject of goalkeepers, Paul Robinson assisted the most goals in the Premier League of all ‘keepers, while he was also one of only five to score a goal in the competition, thanks to his 2007 strike against Watford at White Hart Lane.
Fellow former England international Teddy Sheringham is the oldest outfielder to assist a goal in the Premier League, setting up a teammate in West Ham’s game with Wigan back in March 2006 at 39 years, 357 days old – just shy of his 40th birthday.