De Bruyne set to win maiden EPL playmaker of the year award

De Bruyne set to win maiden EPL playmaker of the year award

- Belgian attacker close to winning the first edition of the EPL playmaker award for the season

- The 26-year-old has created 15 assists this season - three more than Leroy Sane who is second on the chart

- However, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry still holds the record for a single season as he created 20 assist in one season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is said to be crowned the winner of the maiden edition of the Premier League playmaker of the year award.

The new category of the award is created to reward the brilliant performances of the EPL creative players with the highest assist in a league season.

Since the highest goal scorer and the keeper with the highest number of clean sheets are given the golden boot and golden glove at the end of each season.

Meanwhile, the Belgian attacker is poised to be crowned the winner of the first category of the award after leading the assists chart 15 assists in the ongoing league season.

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The 26-year-old has been instrumental to the Citizens feat so far this season – winning the English topflight title with five games to spare.

De Bruyne has three more assists than his teammate, Leroy Sane, who is second on the table while the season has just five games left to play.

The former Chelsea player is also a major contender for the Player of the Year award, and currently holds the best minute per assist rate in Premier League history at one every 179.1 minutes.

After Sane is David Silva with 11 assists already this season before getting to Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli with 10.

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Kevin De Bruyne set to win the maiden Premier League playmaker of the year
Kevin De Bruyne battle Sane, Silva and Dele Alli for Premier League's playmaker award

Followed Alli on the chart are Christian Eriksen, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Mohamed Salah who are on nine assists each.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry, has the best assist per season record with 20 assist in a single Premier League season.

And the Frenchman says “Scoring goals is one of the best feelings a player can have on the pitch.

“Of course, that would not be possible without the playmakers creating those chances. It is amazing that Cadbury and the Premier League are celebrating playmakers in this way.

“I personally enjoyed providing assists more than scoring. Being able to provide those moments for your teammates brings great joy and I'm sure this award will inspire many more in the future to create great chances and even greater goals.”

De Bruyne joined Manchester City in the summer of 2015 from German League side VfL Wolfsburg in a €76 million and his current contract with the club ends in 2023.

The former Belgian youth player started his professional career at Genk, where he scored 16 goals in 97 matches in within the space of four year.

He joined Chelsea in his first sting in the Premier League in 2012, but was relegated to the bench – playing just three games in two seasons for the blues.

The City player was sent on a season long loan deal to Werder Bremen, and showed the Blues what he could do by scoring 10 in 33 games.

The attacker is a member of the Manchester City team that have been crowned the EPL champions, but before then he has won the Belgian Pro League and other league cups from his previous clubs.

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