Premier League fans have been treated to a goal-glut over the opening months of the campaign with some brilliant attacking football on offer, a series of sides showing renewed ambition in an ultra-competitive division.
As we enter the final fixtures of the calendar year we’ve decided to look at the Premier League’s leading creators so far this season, here are the five players to have created the most chances:
Jack Harrison – 32 chances created
Part of a vibrant attacking contingent that has won plenty of plaudits at Leeds this season, Marcelo Biela’s side have thrown caution very much to the wind when it comes to life in the Premier League.
Leeds’ willingness to fly forward in numbers has led to some entertaining score-lines in games involving the newly-promoted side, whilst their expected goals figure of 26.20 is the fourth-highest in the division despite finding themselves in the bottom half.
Leeds’ leading creator this season has been Jack Harrison, whose 32 chances created are the fifth-highest of any player in the Premier League with the on-loan Manchester City winger continuing his impressive progress at Elland Road.
Harrison has frustrated in recent weeks and only two players have been dispossessed on more occasions this season, but his willingness to make things happen has led to some impressive creative statistics.
Leeds reportedly have a deal agreed to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent basis at the end of the season and the £10m fee could prove money well spent for a player who has adapted well to the Premier League.
Mason Mount – 34 chances created
Mason Mount’s importance continues to grow at Chelsea with the midfielder having been amongst the club’s most consistent performers this season, taking on additional responsibility as part of a midfield three for Frank Lampard’s emerging side.
The England international has been an almost ever-present for the west London side this season despite their lavish summer spending, cementing himself as a key figure in the side and shouldering added creativity responsibility.
Mount has provided three assists so far this season and has created 34 chances for Chelsea, more than any other teammate and the second-highest figure amongst all English players.
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The midfielder has shared set-piece duties at Stamford Bridge and has offered a cutting edge when bursting forward from midfield, Mount beginning to win over the doubters who have often unfairly criticised a young player brimming with potential.
Kevin De Bruyne – 42 chances created
Few will be surprised to see the name of Kevin De Bruyne on this feature, a player who has created chances at an unparalleled rate in recent seasons.
De Bruyne’s standards have rarely ever dropped during a glittering career at Manchester City, where he remains the key cog in Pep Guardiola’s side as they bid to reclaim the Premier League title this season.
The 29-year-old has created 42 chances in just 12 league starts so far this season, leading the league for through balls and possessing the joint-best expected assists per 90 figure alongside Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
Only Harry Kane has registered more than De Bruyne’s seven assists during the current campaign, the Belgian once more amongst the division’s best creators after equalling the Premier League record for most assists in a season in 2019/20.
Bruno Fernandes – 44 chances created
Arguably the most influential player in the Premier League at present and an irreplaceable figure in the Manchester United team, Bruno Fernandes is so often the creative hub of his side’s attacking play.
The Portugal international has set himself extraordinary standards since arriving into English football from Sporting Lisbon, providing a staggering 31 goal involvements in just 28 league appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Fernandes demands possession from his teammates and has the talent to carve out opportunities, his 44 chances created the second-highest of any player in the Premier League this season.
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The 26-year-old ranks highly across the division for a number of metrics including ranking third for both shot-creating actions and goal-creating actions, whilst no player can better his average of 1.28 goal involvements per 90 minutes.
It’s a remarkable rate of productivity for a player whose performances must rank him alongside the best attacking midfielders in world football at present, Fernandes the key figure in the Red Devils’ hopes of winning silverware this season.
Jack Grealish – 51 chances created
The first player in the Premier League to create 50+ chances so far this season, Jack Grealish reached a half century during Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.
Grealish has been the figurehead for his boyhood side since their return to the Premier League two years ago and he has played a huge role in their strong start to the current campaign, Villa currently fifth and possessing a game-in-hand on three of the four sides above them.
The 25-year-old’s performances saw him break into the England side earlier this year and his seamless adaptation to international football points towards a major role at next summer’s European Championships, with Grealish topping the Premier League for expected assists, key passes and chances created.
Jack Grealish is the first player to create 50+ chances in the Premier League this season.
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The division’s leading sides are likely to be monitoring the midfielder’s development as he continues to go from strength to strength at Villa Park, though an emerging side under Dean Smith will be dreaming of Europe this season and providing Grealish with a platform his talent deserves.