Most Premier League Assists: Creative Kings
Who has the most Premier League assists? How about 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, and he’s the only player from outside the UK to reach the century of assists in the competition.
The only other two players to reach the century of assists in the Premier League are Wayne Rooney (103) and Frank Lampard (102). But Kevin De Bruyne is within sight of this tally. He recently overtook Steven Gerrard (92) and former team-mate David Silva (93) before surpassing Dennis Bergkamp’s Premier League assist tally in early October 2022.
At the time of writing, the Belgian is only three assists off becoming the fifth player to hit 100 in the competition, with the only other current Premier League player near the landmark being Milner (87). Even Milner would accept that age isn’t on his side to reach the century, though.
If De Bruyne does reach 100 in the Premier League, it’s already out of the question that he’d become the youngest to hit the landmark – Cesc Fàbregas was 29 when he assisted his 100th goal in the English top-flight, which is two years younger than the Manchester City star is now (31).
James Milner is the only other current Premier League player in the top 10 for assists in the competition. The Liverpool midfielder has created 87 goals for team-mates as it stands.
Who Has the Most Premier League Assists for a Club?
Of course, as a one-club man during his career, it’s obvious that Ryan 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’s some interesting differences in the rankings.
Dennis 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.
Cesc 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 six players to have assisted 70+ goals exclusively for one club.
Of current Premier League players, only De Bruyne appears with his 96 assists for Man City. With his assist for Jack Grealish’s header against Manchester United in January 2023, he moved to second overall for the most assists for a single Premier League club, with another assist against Wolves the following weekend for Erling Haaland taking him to 96 at Man City. 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. There’s every chance he could become just the second player to assist 100 goals for a single club in the competition later this season, with him only four away from the century.
Who Has the Most Assists in a 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, meaning his 44 goal involvements for the Gunners that season are the most ever seen by a player in a 38-game Premier League campaign.
Astonishingly, neither playmaker De Bruyne in 2019-20 or Henry in 2003-04 picked up league titles that season, with Manchester City and Arsenal both finishing as runners-up in both campaigns.
Mesut Özil led the way for assists in 2015-16, with 19 for his Arsenal teammates in 35 top-flight appearances. 16 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 for goalscorers in 2010-11 and 2011-12 the best he managed in Spain.
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 last season the latest.
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?
I 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 as 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 11 assists without ever scoring himself in the Premier League – still some way off 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. Wayne 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, 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?
I could have given you 100 guesses to correctly get the oldest player to ever assist a goal in the Premier League, and I’m 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.
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