Revealed: The Premier League’s best assist-to-goals combinations

Date published: Wednesday 23rd March 2016 8:46

Olivier Giroud: Has been set up six times by Mesut Ozil

Olivier Giroud: Has been set up six times by Mesut Ozil

Every team needs that telepathic understanding between their key players, as we reveal the best assist-to-goals combinations in the Premier League this season.

In every position in football, an understanding of one another’s play is essential.

Be it a partnership between centre-backs, full-backs and wingers or strikers, an effective combination on the pitch can often be the difference between winning and losing. But just what is the most profitable goalscoring combination in the Premier League this season? WhoScored.com investigates….

 

Premier League's best assist to goals combos

Riyad Mahrez to Jamie Vardy – 5 goals

The second-top scorers in the Premier League this season with 54 goals, it’s no surprise to see two Leicester pairings feature on the list, with Riyad Mahrez providing five assists for striker Jamie Vardy. Mahrez remains the top rated player in the Premier League this season with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.85, while only Mesut Ozil (18) has registered more top-flight assists than the Algerian (11).

Only Harry Kane (21) has scored more goals than Vardy (19) this term with the understanding the pairing have developed during their respective time at the club having a huge impact for the league leaders. With seven games still to play, the duo’s partnership in the final third will be crucial in the run in as the Foxes look to end an astonishing season on a high note.

 

Marc Albrighton to Riyad Mahrez – 5 goals

Wes Morgan (l): None too revealing about Foxes ambitions

Provider then turns goalscorer, with five of Mahrez’s 16 league goals provided by Marc Albrighton. Following his goal at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Mahrez has now been directly involved in 50% of Leicester’s 54 league goals this season (16 goals, 11 assists). The 25-year-old is the frontrunner to be named player of the season and rightly so given his performances for the Foxes.

However, the impact of Albrighton from the left flank can’t be overestimated in Mahrez’s success. The 26-year-old has six assists to his name, five of which have been for a Mahrez goal. Albrighton has made a habit of cutting onto his right foot from the left flank and more often than not, will find Mahrez on the right wing making a surging run into the box. It’s an easy approach to read, but the duo have clearly mastered the ability to quickly switch the play to the opposite flank, which is clearly benefitting Leicester.

 

Gerard Deulofeu to Romelu Lukaku – 6 goals

After a bright start to the season, Gerard Deulofeu’s impact has lessened since the turn of the year. In his second stint at the club, the Spaniard still has a notable eight league assists to his name, and six have been for a Romelu Lukaku goal. The Belgium international is currently enjoying his most prolific campaign to date, with 18 goals placing him third in the goalscorer charts this season.

Lukaku has still impressed without Deulofeu in the side, but it seemed as though the pair had formed a destructive understanding with one another. The latter would pick the ball up on the right before putting in an early cross for the former to run onto. However, Deulofeu appears to have lost his starting spot to Aaron Lennon of late and given the Englishman’s industriousness and good form on the right, it remains to be seen whether this figure will rise between now and the end of the campaign.

 

Troy Deeney to Odion Ighalo – 6 goals

Odion Ighalo & Troy Deeney: Goals have dried up for Watford

The goals may have dried up for Odion Ighalo – of his 14 Premier League strikes, just one has been scored in 2016 – but it’s the partnership of he and captain Troy Deeney that has all-but consolidated Watford’s spot among England’s best teams. The pair have maintained their commendable understanding that helped guide the Hornets back into England’s top-flight and adjusted to the rigours of Premier League football with ease.

While Deeney has his fair share of league goals this season (9) he’s still the club’s primary creator, registering more assists (6) than any other Watford player. Importantly, though, is that all six of those assists have been for an Ighalo goal. Be it hanging on the shoulder of the last defender or making late runs into the box, Deeney has both the creative quality and an impressive ability to hold off the opposition to pick out Ighalo, which has been vital this term.

 

Mesut Ozil to Olivier Giroud – 6 goals

Ozil has more assists than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season, so it’s no shock to see him feature here. The rapport he built up with Olivier Giroud earlier in the season promised to help guide Arsenal to their first Premier League title in over a decade, but the goals have since dried up for the France striker.

Giroud has failed to net a league goal since his brace in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool back in January, with his inconsistent goalscoring form hindering the Gunners’ chances of domestic glory. The return of Danny Welbeck puts Giroud’s starting spot in jeopardy, though his best chance of a return to goalscoring ways is through creator in chief Ozil.

 

Dele Alli to Harry Kane – 7 goals

Dele Alli: Tipped to follow Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane into England squad

The partnership Dele Alli and Harry Kane have developed this season has been nothing short of superb and with Euro 2016 fast approaching, it’s enough to have manager Roy Hodgson rubbing his hands with glee. Of Alli’s nine league assists this season, seven have been for a Kane goal, the latter currently topping the Premier League’s scoring chart with 21 goals. The Alli to Kane assist-to-goalscoring combination is currently the most profitable in Europe’s top five leagues this season and is playing a key role in Tottenham’s pursuit of the Premier League title.

Alan Shearer spoke of a telepathic understanding between the two on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night and you’d be hard pressed to find a more lethal duo in the Premier League at this point in time. With Alli familiar with the runs Kane makes into the opposition 18-yard box, the relationship between the pair is a massive boost to both club and country.

 

Ben McAleer

 

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings. You can follow all the scores, statistics, live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app.

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  • #932414
    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Every team needs that telepathic understanding between key players, as we reveal the Premier League’s best assist-to-goals combinations.

    [See the full post at: Revealed: The Premier League’s best assist-to-goals combinations]

    #932510
    Al The Gooner
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    The problem with these stats is they don’t take into account the quality of the goalscorer.

    Arsenal have the undisputed assist king of the Premier League in Ozil, but the quality in front of him is highly questionable. If Giroud has benefited six times, then a sharper player could probably double that.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Giroud, but he’s just not good enough to be the first choice striker in a team with PL and CL ambitions.

    I’m hoping Wenger will stick with Welbeck for the remainder of the season and if his form of the last few games is anything to go on, he could even be the guy to lead us next season too, but Wenger has his favourites and Ollie is undoubtedly one of them.

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    banjo_chuckers
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    Undisputed by who? LOL!

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    Al The Gooner
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    By the fact that he’s got 18 assists this season – more than any other player – and that’s with Giroud in front of him.

    Seriously mate, do you have anything to contribute other than stupid, sarky comments?

    #932687
    Manthistle
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    It wouldn’t be difficult to find the ‘chances created’ stat. Then we’d see who was assist king.

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    Al The Gooner
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    Chances created stats for the PL top 10:

    1. Özil (Arsenal) (116 Chances Created: 18 Assists and 98 Key Passes)
    2. Eriksen (Tottenham) (92 Chances Created: 8 Assists and 84 Key Passes)
    3. Payet (West Ham) (79 Chances Created: 7 Assists and 72 Key Passes)
    4. Borges Da Silva (Chelsea) (71 Chances Created: 5 Assists and 66 Key Passes)
    5. De Bruyne (Man C) (67 Chances Created: 9 Assists and 58 Key Passes)
    6. Albrighton (Leicester) (56 Chances Created: 6 Assists and 50 Key Passes)
    7. Tadic (Southampton) (54 Chances Created: 6 Assists and 48 Key Passes)
    8. Milner (Liverpool) (47 Chances Created: 7 Assists and 40 Key Passes)
    9. Shaqiri (Stoke) (45 Chances Created: 5 Assists and 40 Key Passes)
    10. Mata (Man U) (41 Chances Created: 4 Assists and 37 Key Passes)

    #933446
    FOARYUS
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    Well, that surely silenced them.

    #933455
    banjo_chuckers
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    The thread is very clearly titled assist to goalscorer combinations, not about solely about assists. Sure, Ozil has the greatest number of assits, we all know that, but he is not part of the the best assist to goalscorer combination as the chart in the article very clearly states.

    Al has done a very good job in skewing the thread to prove that Ozil is the best assist provider this season, but that was not what this thread was all about.

    Anyway, either way, it’s still a bit of a non-entity, as nobody get’s trophies for made-up titles, be it “best assist provider” OR “best assist to goalscorer combinations”.

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    Al The Gooner
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    Banjo, you’ve got a real chip on your shoulder.

    If you read what I actually said, I pointed out that an assist-to-goal combination is only as good as the guy on the end of the assists.

    My point was more about how we lack a world-class striker, who would turn more of the chances created into actual assists.

    I note you now agree that Ozil is the assist king of the PL, so that’s some kind of progress I guess – and don’t worry mate, I don’t expect an apology 😉

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    nine nine nine
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    I had to think about who Borges da Silva was.😃”Just Willian”!

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    Al The Gooner
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    Haha Nine, I copied it from another website and did actually wonder myself.

    #933677
    Dandy
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    That’s superb from Ozil head & shoulders above everyone else in terms of assists

    #933941
    banjo_chuckers
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    Al… I have no problem admittin Ozil is “King” when it comes to assists…thanks for confirming that Giroud is a donkey! 🙂

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