Since returning to the Premier League with Manchester City in 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has established himself as one of the best players in the division.
Having been tarred with the “Chelsea failure” tag that has also been unfairly branded on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah in the past, some might have been surprised that Man City opted to spend a club-record £55m to bring the Belgian international to the Etihad – but he has since silenced what doubters he had left and now has the stats to back it up.
According to the official Premier League figures, De Bruyne now has the highest assists-per-game ratio of any player in Premier League history that has played 50 games or more. The 26-year-old has provided 31 assists for teammates in his 71 Premier League matches so far, giving him a ratio of 0.44 assists per match.
That puts him comfortably ahead of the previous record held by Manchester United legend Eric Cantona who, although had more assists in his time at Old Trafford (56 in 156 games), has a ratio of 0.36 assists per match.
In terms of total assists, however, De Bruyne is still some way short of Ryan Giggs’ 162 total, but given the speed at which he has notched up the number he has already, don’t be surprised to see De Bruyne breathing down the Welshman’s neck before too long if he stays in England for a few more years at least.
In this week’s edition of the Mixer Football Podcast we discuss the timing of Martin O’Neill’s new contract, look at a massive weekend for the Ireland national side as well as the usual analysis of the latest League of Ireland action.