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De Bruyne can claim assists record and Playmaker double

22 Jul 2020
De Bruyne Playmaker award

Man City midfielder looks certain to win 2019/20 assists award so his focus will be on matching or beating Thierry Henry's tally in a season

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is set to claim the 2019/20 Premier League Playmaker of the Season award for the second time on Sunday.

The midfielder won the inaugural prize, presented by Cadbury, in 2017/18 with 16 assists.

And, after providing his 19th assist of the campaign in Tuesday's 4-0 win at Watford, he is six clear at the top of this season's standings.

Playmaker award standings
Player Assists Opponent
Kevin De Bruyne 19 NOR (H)
Trent Alexander-Arnold 13 NEW (A)
Andrew Robertson 11 NEW (A)

De Bruyne still has every reason to aim for at least one more assist when Man City host relegated Norwich City on the final day.

If he sets up a goal he will equal Thierry Henry's Premier League record of 20 assists in a campaign, achieved in 2002/03. And the Belgian could go on to exceed that total, establishing a new mark in the competition.

Encouragingly for De Bruyne, Man City have scored 16 goals in their last four matches, while Norwich have the worst defensive record in the league with 70 goals conceded.

Watch De Bruyne's assist v Aston Villa 

See: Players with most assists in 2019/20

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Part 2: Pope and Ederson in duel for Golden Glove

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