By Danny Carrington
Last Updated: 13th January 2020
Goals win games and strikers quite rightly receive the plaudits when their efforts earn their side all three points. However, it’s the men behind them that often play the biggest part in the build-up.
With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Riyad Mahrez and Emiliano Buendia all creating countless goals this season, it’s time to look back at the Premier League’s greatest assist makers.
Ryan Giggs – 162 assists
Oh how Manchester United could do with Ryan Giggs right now. The Welshman is a Premier League legend and with 162 assists during his career, it’s no surprise to see just how much respect he still warrants in the memories of not just United fans, but neutrals up and down the country. Giggs boasts 51 more assists than second-placed Cesc Fabregas and it’s safe to say the Spaniard won’t be closing the gap anytime soon. In fact, with just one of the top five still playing in England and that player plying his trade in the Championship, Giggs looks set to reign supreme for a long time yet.
Cesc Fabregas – 111 assists
Having created goals for fun at both Arsenal and Chelsea, former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas was dubbed the assist king by both sets of fans. And though he was never able to close the gap on Giggs, he does hold the record for the most assists by a foreign import. With 111 assists before his career in England eventually ended, he will forever be remembered as one of the division’s best.
Wayne Rooney – 103 assists
With 208 goals in his Premier League collection, former Manchester United and Everton striker Wayne Rooney could be forgiven for being a little selfish when it comes to finding the back of the net. However, the former England international enjoyed sharing the wealth and provided assists for 103 goals before heading to Major League Soccer for a stint abroad. No other English player has managed as many and though unlikely, it’s not totally beyond the realms of possibility that he will add to his tally once again should current club Derby County get promoted this season.
Frank Lampard – 102 assists
There weren’t many debates bigger than Frank Lampard vs Steven Gerrard during their prime, but there’s only room for the former in the top five Premier League assists table. The Chelsea legend turned manager, who also played for West Ham and Manchester City, secured 102 assists before bowing out for a spell in MLS. He is one of just four players who have managed to break the century barrier and he will be remembered as one of the best players of a generation.
Dennis Bergkamp – 94 assists
Not many players have had as many magical moments as Dennis Bergkamp, but the Dutchman also ensured he was as good at creating goals as he was scoring them himself. Though unable to enter the century club, he did manager to notch a more than impressive 94 assists for Arsenal. He sits two assists ahead of Steven Gerrard, who has of course retired, but he could lose his place in the top five to Manchester City’s David Silva before the season runs out.