Bruno Fernandes continues to set extraordinary standards of productivity as the creative heartbeat of the Manchester United side, the midfielder rarely far from the action when it comes to goalscoring contributions since arriving into the Premier League.
Fernandes continued his superb start to the season with another goal and assist in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over Newcastle last weekend, but where does the 26-year-old rank amongst the Premier League’s most productive players?
Here are the five Premier League players with the most goals and assists this season:
Patrick Bamford – 17 (12 goals, 5 assists)
Patrick Bamford has excelled during a breakout season at Premier League level this term, the forward the spearhead of a Leeds side who have won plenty of admirers upon their top-flight return.
Bamford had scored just one previous goal at his level before the 2020/21 season but has responded to the challenge superbly this time around, scoring 12 goals and providing five assists to spark talk of a potential England call.
The 27-year-old has been a huge favourite of manager Marcelo Bielsa given his tireless pressing from the front and ability to link the play, and the doubts surrounding his natural goalscoring ability are diminishing with each passing performance this season.
Leeds have struggled for consistency but Bamford has thrived as the lead of a vibrant attacking unit, leading the division for shots on target and non-penalty xG, with only four Premier League players having been directly involved in more goals during the current campaign.
Son Heung-Min – 19 (13 goals, 6 assists)
Tottenham’s attacking play this season has centred around the form of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, the two having worked in brilliant tandem throughout much of the early stages of the campaign.
Son has been a regular provider of goals during his time in north London and is in the midst of another impressive individual season, providing 19 goal involvements in just 24 league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side.
However, after scoring 10 times in Spurs’ opening 12 league fixtures of the season the South Korean has managed just three goals in their past 12 games, a run which has coincided with a downturn in form as Mourinho’s side have dropped to ninth after leading the league in December.
Mourinho will hope the 28-year-old can rediscover his best form quickly as the pressure begins to mount on the Portuguese head coach.
Mohamed Salah – 20 (17 goals, 3 assists)
Liverpool’s title defence has crumbled in spectacular fashion with the injury-ravaged champions having set a whole host of unwanted records, dropping to sixth after losing their past four league fixtures in succession and their last four on home soil.
Despite their struggles Mohamed Salah has remained a consistent source of goals and is currently leading the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, netting 17 goals in 24 appearances as he seeks to finish as the division’s leading scorer for a third time in four seasons.
Salah’s incredible consistency means he has now provided 159 goal involvements in just 186 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions, whilst no player in the Premier League has provided more since his arrival on Merseyside in 2017.
Harry Kane – 24 (13 goals, 11 assists)
Harry Kane ranks second in the Premier League for goal involvements this season following a hugely productive season for Tottenham, scoring 13 goals and providing a further 11 assists in just 22 league appearances.
Kane has been one of the division’s most prolific goalscorers in recent seasons but has shown a new side to his game this time around, dropping deeper in a more creative role with spectacular results.
The England captain’s 11 assists are the most he has ever managed in a single season and the most in the Premier League so far this season, whilst only Kevin De Bruyne can better his assists per 90 minutes during the 2020/21 season.
Kane also leads the top-flight for goal combinations per 90 minutes with the 27-year-old having been directly involved in more than a goal per game.
Bruno Fernandes – 25 (15 goals, 10 assists)
Bruno Fernandes’ latest contributions to the Manchester United side saw him move ahead of Kane as the Premier League’s most productive player, the midfielder having provided 25 goals and assists in 25 league appearances this season.
Fernandes’ rate of productivity has been remarkable since his signing from Sporting Lisbon last winter, the 26-year-old having been a transformative signing for the Red Devils and one of the most reliable performers in Europe’s major leagues.
The Portugal international ranks second for goals and second for assists during the 2020/21 season and is in the midst of a fine run of form with four goals and three assists in his past four fixtures.
His impact has helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side improve on last season’s performances and United currently sit second in the Premier League, the form of Fernandes their best chance of bridging a 10-point gap to league leaders Manchester City.