De Bruyne can win race to ten assists

1 Nov 2019
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

Man City midfielder can be quickest to reach double-figures for setting up goals as he chases Thierry Henry's season best return of 20

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If Kevin De Bruyne gets an assist at home against Southampton, he will reach double-figures at an unprecedented pace and increase the threat of one of the competition's longer-standing records being broken.

The Manchester City playmaker is on nine assists already after just 10 matches, almost halfway to Thierry Henry's single-season record of 20.

And De Bruyne already has a head-start of five on Henry, who set up only four goals in Arsenal's opening 10 matches in 2002/03.

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Incidentally, the two players who reached 10+ assists in the quickest time were the men who have come closest to knocking Henry off his perch. 

Cesc Fabregas and Mesut Ozil did so in the 12th match of 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively. 

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Player Season Total Assists after MW10
Thierry Henry 2002/03 20 4
Cesc Fabregas 2014/15 19 9
Mesut Ozil 2015/16 18 7
Frank Lampard 2004/05 18 5
Kevin De Bruyne 2016/17 18 5

Yet after quick starts the Chelsea and Arsenal midfielders stuttered and fell short of Henry's record. 

History suggests that, fitness aside, De Bruyne will not suffer such a drop in form. 

When he won the inaugural Cadbury Playmaker of the Season award in 2016/17, he had accrued only five assists at this stage of the campaign.

But he ended with nine in City's last 10 matches, the same rate he has started at this season.

If he maintains this pace Henry's record of 17 years will fall.

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