No Liverpool players in top ten PL chance creators

Date published: Wednesday 12th May 2021 2:00 - Ian Watson

A Seagull soars near the top of this list of creators, with Man Utd providing the only defender…

Here are the top 10 players for key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. To qualify, players must have played at least 1000 minutes. You would have to get all the way down to 15th to find a Liverpool player.

 

10) James Maddison (Leicester) – 2.3 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 1958
Long pass: 0.5
Short pass: 1.9

It hasn’t been an easy season for the Leicester playmaker, especially when he hoped to be going to the European Championships. Injuries and indiscipline have cursed him but Maddison is still making good use of the time he’s had. Came off the bench against Manchester United on Tuesday night but did not manage to add to his key pass total.

 

9) Raphinha (Leeds) – 2.4 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 2103
Long pass: 0.7
Short pass: 1.7

Only six players have created more Opta-defined Big Chances than the Leeds winger, with only Jack Grealish among that half-dozen who doesn’t play for a big six side. He would be perfect for Liverpool.

 

8) Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) – 2.5 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 1137
Long pass: 0.8
Short pass: 1.7

The Chelsea winger has played fewer minutes than anyone else on this list and he is still yet to establish himself in Thomas Tuchel’s XI. But Ziyech can argue that he’s making the most of what time he’s been given.

 

7) Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 2.5 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 2477
Long pass: 0.7
Short pass: 1.8

In terms of total key passes, only Bruno Fernandes, Mason Mount, Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne have made more than Shaw’s 69.

 


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6) Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – 2.7 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 1015
Long pass: 0.5
Short pass: 2.2

Having been in then out of Thomas Tuchel’s good books, Hudson-Odoi seems to be back in. At least if the Chelsea manager’s greeting for his winger after a hugely impressive 15-minute cameo at Manchester City is any indication.

 

5) Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 2.7 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 2622
Long pass: 1.1
Short pass: 1.6

The Chelsea midfielder – overlooked in many teams of the year – has made more long key passes (31) than anyone else in the Premier League this term. The second-highest total belongs to Dwight McNeil at Burnley.

 


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4) Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 2.7 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 2212
Long pass: 0.7
Short pass: 2

Gross keeps setting them up, his Brighton team-mates keep missing the target. That seems to have been the story of the Seagulls’ season. With strikers who could finish their dinner, perhaps Gross would be higher than joint-ninth for assists, with the German having offered more crosses for key passes than anyone else.

 

3) Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – 2.8 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 2918
Long pass: 0.7
Short pass: 2.1

The United star has made more key passes than anyone else in the Premier League on account of having played more minutes than all but four other midfielders or strikers. Fernandes has made 17 key passes more than the next highest total which belongs to Grealish.

 

2) Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – 3.4 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 1977
Long pass: 0.2
Short pass: 3.2

The Villa captain has made more short key passes than anyone else in the Premier League, just edging out Bruno Fernandes. We fear his injury will keep him out of sight and mind as Gareth Southgate makes his England squad decisions.

 

1) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 3.4 key passes per 90 minutes
Minutes: 1911
Long pass: 0.8
Short pass: 2.6

Despite playing just over 1000 fewer minutes than Bruno Fernandes, De Bruyne is level for assists with the United playmaker on 11. Both trail Harry Kane by a couple. He has just won another title.

 

 

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