So we’ve reached the end of an unprecedented year in football and beyond, the midweek fixtures bringing down the curtain on another calendar year of Premier League football.
Few of us are ever likely to forget a strange 2020 but as we enter the new year it’s time to delve into the best statistics and reflect on the previous 12 months in England’s top tier.
We’ve decided to look at the most productive Premier League players of 2020, here are the six players with the most combined goals and assists throughout the past calendar year:
Kevin De Bruyne – 23
Kevin De Bruyne enjoyed a superb season last term to be named as the PFA Player of the Year, equalling the single season assist record for a Premier League campaign with a mammoth 20 goals provided.
The midfielder’s sensational standards rarely waver and De Bruyne has once again been a model of brilliant consistency for Manchester City, providing 23 goal involvements throughout the course of the calendar year.
No player has created goals with such regularity in the history of the division with the Belgian’s repertoire of passing almost unmatched in the world game, the heartbeat of Pep Guardiola’s side and the key figure in their hopes of Premier League and Champions League success in 2021.
Jamie Vardy – 23
Brendan Rodger’s Leicester side continue to win plaudits and challenge the established elite, the Foxes once more pushing for a top four finish with their charge spearheaded by the evergreen Vardy.
Vardy was in brilliant form last season to win a maiden Premier League Golden Boot, a memorable 2020 also seeing the 33-year-old join the division’s fabled ‘100 club’ after reaching a century of top-flight goals.
Vardy currently ranks fourth among Leicester’s all-time leading scorers and has shown few signs of losing his remarkable goalscoring touch, scoring 11 times in 13 league starts this season to trail only Mohamed Salah amongst the division’s leading scorers.
Son Heung-Min – 24
One half of a deadly double-act that has lit up the opening months of the Premier League season, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane having starred for a new-look Tottenham side under Jose Mourinho.
The former has played arguably the best football of his career throughout the past year and has been directly involved in 24 league goals for the north London side, whilst his surging runs have been pivotal with no player having been directly involved in more goals after carrying the ball over five metres in possession (13).
Son’s clinical finishing has also seen him compile the best conversion rate of any player in the Premier League in terms of clear-cut chances, scoring a huge 65% of his big opportunities throughout 2020.
🏹 Tottenham's Son Heung-Min converted 65% of his clear-cut chances in the Premier League in 2020, the best return of those to have had at least five pic.twitter.com/EC7LtMvSZP
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 31, 2020
Harry Kane – 26
Slightly ahead of his Tottenham teammate is Harry Kane, who has set extraordinary standards since returning to full fitness in 2020.
Kane suffered a serious hamstring injury during Spurs’ New Year’s Day defeat to Southampton, the forward ruled out for several months before returning in June and finishing the 2019/20 season with five goals in three appearances.
The 27-year-old has since enjoyed a sensational start to the current campaign to emerge as the early favourite for the PFA Player of the Year award, leading the league for assists with 10 in addition to scoring nine Premier League goals.
Kane has starred in a duel role of both creator and goalscorer this season, his 26 goal involvements in 2020 coming across just 24 league appearances.
Bruno Fernandes – 32
Bruno Fernandes must rank as arguably the most influential footballer in English football right now, the midfielder’s winter window signing having transformed Manchester United’s fortunes last season.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side were going nowhere fast until the January arrival of the Portuguese international, who has wasted little time in cementing himself amongst the very best in the division.
United went unbeaten following Fernandes’ debut last season to secure Champions League football with the midfielder racking up the goal involvements, before bouncing back from an indifferent start this term to sit second heading into the New Year.
32 – Bruno Fernandes was involved in 32 Premier League goals in 29 games in 2020 (18 goals, 14 assists). He is one of two players to be involved in 30+ goals in a year in PL history despite player fewer than 30 games, after Luis Suárez in 2013 (29G, 8A in 28 games). Doff. pic.twitter.com/WMsmk9u1mU
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 31, 2020
Key to their success has been the sensational showings of their goalscoring midfield star, whose ridiculous record of 32 goal involvements has come from just 28 Premier League appearances.
No midfielder has ever recorded more in a calendar year, Fernandes eclipsing the previous landmark of 29 goal involvements set by former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in 2009.
Mohamed Salah – 32
Fernandes’ incredible impact throughout the calendar year has been matched by a player who has set mind-boggling numbers ever since signing for Liverpool three-and-a-half years ago, Mohamed Salah having also registered 32 goals and assists in 2020.
The Egyptian international remains the leading source of goals for the Premier League champions and one of the most effective forwards in world football, Salah the highest-scoring player in the division this season and in pursuit of a third Golden Boot in just four seasons.
Salah provided 29 goal involvements as the Reds won a first league title in 30 years last season, whilst he has 16 for the campaign already for a Liverpool side who enter the New Year as league leaders and favourites to defend their Premier League crown.