The Premier League’s assist kings – featuring some surprise inclusions

Strikers take the glory, but they’d be nothing without the men putting it on a plate for them.

Defence-splitting passes, pinpoint crosses, deft flicks in the final third – these are the architects.

Some are midfielders, others are forwards, but they all share one thing in common – creating goals.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City players dominate the top of top of the list.

Pep Guardiola’s formidable champions are synonymous with creative, free-flowing football, so you probably could’ve predicted seeing a few of their forwards among the league’s top creators.

But the list features some surprise inclusions, too. Here are the top 20…

1. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Assists : 15

2. Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Assists : 12

3. David Silva (Manchester City)

Assists : 11

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=3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Assists : 11

=5. Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Assists : 10

=5. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Assists : 10

=5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Assists : 10

8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)

Assists : 9

=8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Assists : 9

10. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley)

Assists : 8

= 10. Pascal Gross (Brighton)

Assists : 8

= 10. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

Assists : 8

=10 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Assists : 8

14. Marc Albrighton (Leicester)

Assists : 7

=14. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Assists : 7

=14. Willian (Chelsea)

Assists: 7

=14. Chris Brunt (West Brom)

Assists : 7

=14. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)

Assists : 7

=14. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

Assists : 7

=14. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Assists : 7

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