Harry Kane made history last weekend by becoming the first player to assist the same teammate four times in a single Premier League match, the England captain registering four assists as Son Heung-Min went goal-crazy at Southampton.
The duo have regularly dovetailed since the South Korean’s arrival in north London five years ago and following the latest demonstration of their partnership, we’ve decided to look at the most prolific Premier League duos of recent years.
Here are the five Premier League duos with the most goal combinations since 2015:
Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy – 18
Riyad Mahrez may have spent the past two seasons in the colours of Manchester City but the Algerian features alongside former Leicester teammate Jamie Vardy in this top five, the duo having been at the forefront of the Foxes’ success during their time in tandem at the King Power Stadium.
Mahrez and Vardy combined for 18 goals for Leicester in the three seasons prior to the former’s departure, their finest form coming during the club’s improbable Premier League title triumph in 2015/16, Claudio Ranieri’s rank underdogs crowned as champions for the first time in their history in one of sports greatest shocks.
That season saw Mahrez voted as the PFA Player of the Year whilst Vardy picked up the FWA Footballer of the Year accolade, a fruitful partnership that delivered the ultimate accolade for Leicester.
It became one of the defining images of that period for Leicester as the Algerian – gliding across the turf with that familiar close control – routinely pulled the strings before finding a pass for the scampering Sheffield-native, Vardy rifling home yet another clinical finish.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane – 18
Another partnership that briefly defined a period in time at Tottenham, much of the initial successes of the Mauricio Pochettino era were based on a formidable forward line of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
The former burst on the scene after arriving in north London from MK Dons, winning back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards following his impact at Spurs, the midfielder regularly running beyond a sole centre-forward and developing a knack of arriving in the penalty area at the perfect time.
Ahead of Alli was the sharp-shooting presence of Kane, the academy graduate coming through the ranks to establish himself as Tottenham’s talisman and winning consecutive Premier League Golden Boots.
Only three duos have combined for more goals than Kane and Alli over the past five years, though a partnership that once looked the long-term future of club and country has failed to kick on with the latter looking like he could leave Spurs after a sharp fall from grace.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane – 19
Spurs feature once more with Kane again involved in one of the Premier League’s most productive partnerships, combining for 19 goals with former teammate Christian Eriksen since 2015.
Kane has scored 120 league goals since the start of the 2015/16 season and has relied on some stellar service to reach that total, with Eriksen amongst the Premier League’s finest playmaker’s before leaving for Inter Milan earlier this year.
The Denmark international created more chances and provided more assists than any other player during his seven season spell in English football, whilst he ranked behind only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for big chances created.
Somewhat remarkably, each of the duo’s goal combinations have been Eriksen assisting Kane, with the forward having failed to return the favour.
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero – 20
It seems that placing the Premier League’s best creative talent alongside one of the league’s all-time greatest goalscorers has worked out pretty well for Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero combining for 20 goals since teaming up at the Etihad.
De Bruyne has shattered assist records since his return to English football following a disappointing spell at Chelsea, reaching a half century faster than any other player and equalling Thierry Henry’s single season record last term to be crowned as the PFA Player of the Year.
Amongst the biggest beneficiaries of De Bruyne’s brilliance has been City’s all-time record goalscorer Aguero, who has scored 19 times from the midfielder’s assists in the Premier League, providing a token one assist in return.
De Bruyne’s 19 assists for Aguero is the joint-fifth any player has provided to one teammate alongside the aforementioned Eriksen and Kane, with Frank Lampard’s 24 assists for Didier Drogba the highest in Premier League history.
Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane – 24
The leading Premier League duo for goal combinations since 2015 are Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, the pair’s brilliant display against Southampton last weekend moving them comfortably clear at the top.
It’s remarkably a third inclusion on this feature for Kane who has scored prolifically for Tottenham over the past five seasons, the England captain ably supported by the effervescent Son.
4 – Harry Kane has assisted all four of Son Heung-Min's goals against Southampton today – the first time in @premierleague history one player has assisted another four times in a single match. Fabulous. pic.twitter.com/EloGFWjEyE
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 20, 2020
Whilst largely regarded as Spurs’ chief goalscoring threat it was Kane who took on creative duties against the Saints, becoming the first Englishman and just the sixth player overall to record four assists in a single Premier League fixture.
Kane’s four assists to Son was also the first occasion a player has assisted the same teammate four times in a Premier League encounter.