Some players are gifted with the ability to create opportunities, while unfortunately others are not.
It takes a certain type of player to give his teammate a chance by recognizing a gap in a defensive line, be it through a precise pass, a breathtaking cross or a precise set piece.
The Premier League is home to some of the game’s best opportunity creators, and the 2021-22 season is likely to be no different. Bruno Fernandes starts the season as the most “creative” player in the league. He had 95 chances in the 2020/21 season, eight more than any other player. The Manchester United midfielder had eight chances ahead of runner-up Mason Mount, who played an important role at Chelsea under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
Jack Grealish completed the top 3 with 81 chances, but played significantly fewer minutes than the two players above him due to an injury towards the end of the campaign. Grealish had a chance ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, who also had an injury season and played just over 2,000 minutes himself.
Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the top 5 with 77 chances created, a good return considering many believe he had a bad season by his own standards. Son Heung-min, Luke Shaw and Pascal Gross follow as the other three players to create at least 70 chances, while Andrew Robertson and Raphinha complete the top 10.
The competition for the top creators of the Premier League was already fierce, but was intensified by the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund by Manchester United, who created 67 chances in the Bundesliga last season. Then there’s the return of Emiliano Buendia, who signed with Aston Villa, who had 122 championship chances last season and 83 in his previous Premier League season with Norwich City.
Can Sancho disturb the usual pack? Or will it continue as normal for De Bruyne and Co.? In the course of the 2021/22 campaign, keep an eye on the top 10 assistant guides below.
Most chances created in the 2020/21 Premier League season: bottom of the table
Players with the same number of chances are separated by minutes played.
|position||player||Opportunities created||Standard opportunities created||Supports||Minutes played|
|4th||Kevin De Bruyne||80||22nd||12th||2,001|
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