Football is a sport where the limelight is focussed largely on the goal scorers over other players on the pitch. Even though it is a team sport, the one who puts the ball into the back of the net often gets the media attention. They are the ones largely praised by pundits and supporters. Thankfully though the coaching staff and their respective teammates understand the value of every single player on the pitch. When it is important to attack and defend as a unit, there can never be one player who could single-handedly win a match.
A moment of magic can undoubtedly change the course of the game in a certain team’s favour. Having said that, a moment of madness can also equally cost the match for a team. Hence, it is essential to acknowledge every single player’s contribution. In order for a goal to be scored, the build-up sometimes start deep from their own half, maybe even from a goal-keeper. In the end, the crucial assist made by a teammate is as important as the goal itself. It is this connection between a goal creator and a goal scorer which will be analysed in this article.
Which player has created most shots for his teammate in Premier League this season?
Manchester United midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes has created 26 shots for in-form English striker Marcus Rashford, according to Opta Analyst. No player has created more chances for their fellow teammate than the Portuguese star in the 2022-23 Premier League season. Ever since joining the Red Devils in January 2020, Fernandes has been an inspiration. He has maintained his level at the top of the game for the Old Trafford outfit all this while.
After arriving in Manchester, Fernandes turned several heads with his ability to frequently score goals despite being a midfielder. However, he is equally good at creating chances for his teammates. He has been Manchester United’s main threat in the attacking third, constantly creating chances at will. Marcus Rashford has largely benefitted from his ability to frequently find his teammates in the opposition penalty box this season. No wonder these two have linked really well to terrorise opposition defence and help Erik ten Hag settle into the club without much fuss in his first campaign as their manager.
Who are the other notable pairs in this list?
Manchester City’s pass master Kevin De Bruyne has set up goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland 22 times. Arsenal‘s main creator Martin Odegaard has setup Bukayo Saka 18 shots, while Saka has created Gabriel Martinelli 17 shots. There is also another Arsenal pair in this list, illustrating their attacking fluidity rather than being over dependent on a single player. There is also a Tottenham Hotspur pair of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in this chart. Check out the table below to find out which all players have created the most shots for their teammate in the Premier League this season.
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