Which dynamic duo have been the most prolific assist to goal partnership in the English top flight after 11 games?
Every team has their go-to players when it comes to creating goals. The old reliables who set them up and put them away week after week.
Some players just click and build up a rapport. They’re always able to find each other in dangerous areas, as if connected by a telekinetic link. Footballers like David Beckham and Dwight Yorke, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, or Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Which double teams are connecting the most in the current Premier League campaign?
Top five Premier League assist to goal partnerships so far:
Harry Kane to Son Heung-min – 8
It’s the strike partnership that has taken the Premier League by storm this season. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been in sensational form in the first 11 matches of the campaign, scoring a combined 18 goals.
That’s not overly surprising given the quality of the two players. But what is surprising is that Son is Tottenham’s top scorer with ten goals, while Kane has turned provider. The striker is the top assist maker in the league right now with ten goals created and eight of those have been for Son alone.
Last season the top assist to goal scorer partnership was Adama Traore to Raul Jiménez with seven, which makes the Spurs duo’s current tally all the more remarkable.
Lucas Digne to Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 3
Another linkup that has flourished this season and will continue to do so is that between Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lucas Digne, with the Frenchman setting up three of his teammate’s 11 goals this season.
Everton have consistently been trying to get the ball wide left so Digne can use his excellent crossing and passing skills to set up Calvert-Lewin in the penalty area. All of the Englishman’s goals have come from inside the box, while six of them have come as a result of shots in the six-yard box.
Calvert-Lewin is repeatedly showing up right in front of goal to score, so the combination of his poaching and Digne’s incisive passing is a huge weapon for the Toffees. It’s unsurprising, then, that they have struggled to open up the opposition when Digne is missing, with the team scoring just two goals in the three games he’s missed.
The pair have already equalled Everton’s top assist to goal scorer partnership from last year, which was Digne and Richarlison.
Mateusz Klich to Patrick Bamford – 3
Leeds United have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the Premier League this season, as their games are guaranteed to feature a lot of high quality chances – at both ends of the pitch.
But for now we will just focus on the Whites’ attack, which has scored 16 goals in 11 games. Half of their goals have been scored by Patrick Bamford, putting him joint-fifth in the scoring charts. Three of those have assisted by Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich.
Only Liverpool (174) have created more chances than Leeds United (161), while Klich is the team’s second biggest shot creator (21) behind Jack Harrison (23). As impressive as Patrick Bamford has been this season, however, he’s only scoring 22% of his shots, the lowest conversion rate of any of the top ten scorers thus far.
Jack Grealish to Ollie Watkins – 3
When Aston Villa spent £30 million on Ollie Watkins in the offseason, this is exactly what they had envisaged would happen: a linkup with Jack Grealish that would result in goals galore. So far the pair have combined for three goals and you wouldn’t bet against them combining for a few more as the campaign goes on.
Grealish is creating 2.9 chances per 90, the third best in league behind Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne among players who have played at least 500 minutes. One would imagine that with Watkins’ ability to get in behind opposition defences, they will be finding each other an awful lot in 2020/21.
Son Heung-min to Harry Kane – 3
The budding relationship between Son and Kane is indeed reciprocal, with the Korean setting up three goals for the England striker.
That means the pair have teamed up for a phenomenal 11 goals in 11 matches, meaning they will surely smash the Premier League record for goal combinations sooner rather than later.
11 – Only Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton (13 in 1995/96) & Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson (12 in 2018/19) have combined for more Premier League goals in a season than Harry Kane and Son Heung-min this season (11). Synchronicity. pic.twitter.com/R8fSs08pWS
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2020
They likely won’t be able to maintain this incredible level of production for much longer, but while they are Spurs are firmly in contention for Champions League qualification and a possible title tilt.
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