The Premier League is home to some of the finest chance creators in the game and the opening weeks of the season have seen some fine creative performances from a host of leading names.
A brilliant start to the campaign has seen the goals flow throughout the division and we’ve decided to look at the players responsible for carving out the most opportunities, here are the five Premier League players to create the most chances so far this season.
Harry Kane – 11 chances created
Harry Kane is the surprise name leading the Premier League’s assist chart in the early weeks of the season following a superb start for the England captain, who looks back to his very best as the focal point of the Tottenham attack.
The two-time Golden Boot winner is usually tasked with finishing opportunities for the north London side, but has demonstrated his creativity and a fine passing range for Spurs this season, dropping deeper and picking out passes in addition to scoring three times himself.
Kane has provided 11 chances for his teammates so far this season and delivered a hugely impressive six assists, including becoming the first player in Premier League history to provide four assists for the same teammate in Spurs’ 5-2 win at Southampton last month.
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Son Heung-Min was the grateful recipient of Kane’s creativity at St Mary’s and it has been a direct combination that has paid dividends six times already this season.
James Rodriguez – 12 chances created
Everton’s star signing has wasted little time in cementing himself as a key figure on Merseyside, playing an influential role in the league leader’s perfect start to the new season.
Rodriguez has already scored three goals and provided two assists from 12 chances created, flourishing in a position on the right-hand side of the Everton attack where he can drift inside into dangerous areas.
The Colombia international possesses superb delivery either from open play or set-piece situations, and will be hoping to continue his fine form in the coming weeks after quickly settling into the demands of the Premier League.
Everton possess the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer in their ranks in Dominic Calvert-Lewin at present and the newly-capped England international will hope the classy Rodriguez can continue carving opportunities in the coming months.
Son Heung-Min – 13 chances created
One of the stars of the season thus far, Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min sits firmly amongst the division’s most prolific and creative talents in the opening weeks of the campaign.
The South Korean international has provided 13 chances for his teammates in Spurs’ four fixtures to date, with only two players across the Premier League able to better that total.
Despite his impressive tally, however, Son has registered just one assist to date, though he sits as the league’s joint-leading scorer having scored six times including that four-goal haul at Southampton.
After a disappointing start the north London side have shown signs of hitting their stride under Jose Mourinho and their effervescent forward is firmly at the forefront of their success.
Mohamed Salah – 14 chances created
Another forward talent brimming with menace so far this season, Mohamed Salah has looked razor-sharp for the champions in their first four fixtures of the Premier League campaign.
No player has been directly involved in more goals than Salah since his return to the Premier League at Liverpool and the Egyptian looks to have already found his form, creating the joint-most chances of any player in the division alongside scoring an impressive five goals.
One of just three players to register double figures for goals and assists last season alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Son Heung-Min, Salah’s has surprisingly not registered a single assist to date this season despite his league leading 14 chances created.
Kevin De Bruyne – 14 chances created
Sitting level with Salah at the top of the rankings is the Premier League’s chief creator, Kevin De Bruyne again in excellent creative form for Manchester City so far this season.
The Belgium international created a league leading 136 chances in the division last season – 45 more than second-placed Jack Grealish – and has provided 14 in just three fixtures for Pep Guardiola’s side this term.
Last season saw the 29-year-old equal Thierry Henry’s long-standing single season assist record with 20, and the midfielder will no doubt be out to break that landmark with another stand-out season this time around.
City will be hoping to regain the title this season after a disappointing domestic campaign and the reigning PFA Player of the Year remains the jewel in the Etihad crown.