Premier League has announced the introduction of a new award that recognizes the important role of the assist that makes it possible for the scorer to get the ball into the net. This new award was launched by Thierry Henry, in association with Cadbury. The ‘Playmaker of The Year’ award was announced on Wednesday.
Should this award be implemented in the end-of-season event, the player that may likely go with the prize is Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. He is the closest to that prize with 15 solid assists this season.
Manchester City have other players that have performed beautifully well, Perhaps, that’s the reason behind their position in the League Table. Instead of trying to score by all means, they prefer giving assists to other players that are better positioned to send the ball into the net and giving their team the lead.
Man City’s Leroy Sane has done 12 assists this season and David Silva 11. Outside the Club, we have Tottenham’s Dele Ali leading the rest of the clubs with 10 assists. Directly trailing him is Liverpool’s Mo Salah, arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Spur’s Christian Eriksen, all on 9 assists this season.
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De Bruyne, in the Premier League history currently has the best minute per assist rate, averaging one every 179.1 minutes. The only player that has gone beyond his record is the Arsenal Legend, Thierry Henry, who made 20 assists in a single season. for him to beat this existing record, he has to make more assists in the outstanding five games of the season.
Thierry Henry was particularly overjoyed with this new development on the introduction of the ‘Playmaker of The Year’ award. Here’s what he said:
“Scoring goals is one of the best feelings a player can have on the pitch,” said the Frenchman. “Of course, that wouldn’t be possible without the playmakers creating those chances.
“It’s amazing that Cadbury and the Premier League are celebrating playmakers in this way – I personally enjoyed providing assists more than scoring.
“Being able to provide those moments for your team-mates brings great joy and I’m sure this award will inspire many more in the future to create great chances and even greater goals.”
Indeed we look forward to more assists this season as this will definitely spur more players to assist more and promote teamwork in the clubs during their matches throughout the League competitions.