Which dynamic duo have been the most prolific assist to goal partnership in the English top flight after 13 games?
Every team has their go-to guys when it comes to scoring goals. The old reliables who are always there when it comes to setting up chances and putting them away week after week.
Some players just click and build up a rapport. They’re always able to find each other in dangerous areas, as if connected by a telekinetic link. Footballers like David Beckham and Dwight Yorke, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, or Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Last season’s most successful combo was Ryan Fraser to Callum Wilson with seven goals. Who’s looking likely to match or even beat that at the end of the current Premier League campaign?
Top five Premier League assist to goal scorer partnerships so far:
Daniel James to Marcus Rashford, Man United – 3
Manchester United haven’t exactly been goal machines this season, but there have been some shoots of positivity in the attacking third. Daniel James has adapted well to the Premier League and scored some spectacular goals, Anthony Martial has brought balance to the forward line when he’s been fit, and Marcus Rashford has already hit double digits for goal involvements.
The Red Devils have been most dangerous down the left-hand side, which is where James and Rashford predominantly feature. The Welsh winger has three assists to his name, all of which have found the number 10, as well as three goals of his own.
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The English striker has also set up Anthony Martial for two of his three goals this year.
Kevin De Bruyne to Sergio Aguero, Man City – 3
Hardly surprising, is it? On the one hand you have one of the best passers and most prolific assist makers in Europe right now, and on the other you have arguably the greatest pure goalscorer the English game has ever seen.
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero is a match made in heaven, one that was always destined to hit it off. Or, at least it was until the diminutive Argentine picked up an injury against Chelsea, which will keep him out for the next few games at least.
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Both players have also already reached double digits in terms of goal involvements for Manchester City in the league this season.
Emiliano Buendia to Teemu Pukki, Norwich – 3
The goals have really dried up of late for Norwich City; in the seven games between their second and third wins of the season, they scored twice. But when they do manage to locate the net, it’s almost always through their go-to partnerships.
Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki have played all but two minutes of the league campaign together, with the former setting up precisely half of the latter’s goal tally. Although the Finnish forward has grabbed all of the attention in this team, Buendia’s very good performances have gone under the radar.
The Argentine playmaker is a talented dribbler, incisive passer and has four assists so far this season. The player he most resembles in almost every category is James Maddison, although he does get dispossessed a hell of a lot more than the Leicester City midfielder. This guy is the real deal and there should be a string of suitors chasing his signature next summer.
Teemu Pukki to Todd Cantwell, Norwich – 3
When goal scorer turns provider. Teemu Pukki is the Canaries’ top scorer this season with six goals, but he is also the second biggest contributor of assists.
All of the 29-year-old’s assists have been for Cantwell, demonstrating his ability to bring others into play when they are on the attack. The duo most recently linked up for the opening goal in their 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
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A level of predictability might be one of the reasons for Norwich’s lack of goals, however, as just three players have been involved in 69% of their goals.
Dwight McNeil to Chris Wood, Burnley – 3
Ah, the classic winger swinging in crosses for the big man up top. Burnley as a club are viewed as a bit of a throwback, what with their antiquated stadium, penchant for 4-4-2 and old school manager.
The Clarets are not as anachronistic as is made out, however, and their attack appears to be better than it has ever been under Sean Dyche. That might be because the talent at his disposal in the final third of the pitch is the best he has had since Danny Ings was at the club.
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Ashley Barnes has been putting up impressive numbers this season, while his strike partner Chris Wood hasn’t been far behind. Every time I’ve checked the New Zealander’s underlying statistics I come away very impressed.
Meanwhile, Dwight McNeil is, at just 20-years-old, one of the bright young upstarts in the Premier League and has the potential to become an England regular in the future. He’s developed quite the relationship with Wood, putting three assists on a plate for his teammate thus far this season. Last season they combined four times.