Mesut Ozil’s assist record will live on long after the man himself has shuffled off his mortal coil.
The German playmaker is the only player in history to have topped the season assist charts in the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premier League.
This weekend just gone, he recorded his 50th assist on English soil in his 141st game, making him quickest player to reach a half-century in the Prem era.
Ozil deserves plenty of praise for reaching the landmark quicker than Eric Cantona (143 games), Dennis Bergkamp (146), Cesc Fabregas (165), David Silva (166) and the other great creators of our time.
There’s just one problem — Kevin De Bruyne.
Man City’s strawberry-blonde playmaker has provided 42 assists in just 93 Prem games (not including Monday night’s game at Stoke).
That means he has a cushion of 48 games to record the eight more assists he needs to bring up 50 and beat Ozil’s newly-set record.
At his current rate, De Bruyne would get there in approximately 18 games from now.
That would require him to, at the very least, maintain his sky-high standards from now until the end of the season and for the first half-dozen fixtures of the 2018/19 campaign.
City’s considerable lead in the league may mean their focus shifts to the Champions League and De Bruyne’s rate in the league may drop ever so slightly as Pep Guardiola’s troops coast to glory.
On the other hand, he could get to 50 by the end of the season if he fancied it.
Whichever way you look at it, De Bruyne has been the undisputed king of assists since returning to the Premier League.
With just two and three quarter seasons (plus three games for Chelsea) under his belt, he’s already provided more Prem assists than Robert Pires, Michael Carrick, Jordan Henderson, Robbie Fowler, Harry Kewell, Joe Cole, and a whole host of other notables with plenty more appearances to their name.
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