Kevin De Bruyne’s insipid passing numbers raise a lot of considerations and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world where José Mourinho put him to the best use at Chelsea “.
De Bruyne’s 11 assists this season in the Premier League – four more than his closest rivals Arsenal’s Bukayo Saki and Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen – give him 97 career assists. This is fifth place in history, two more than Dennis Bergkamp, and 65 (?!) behind record holder Ryan Giggs.
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The 31-year-old Belgian star moved to Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and scored just 425 goals in half a season before being transferred to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne provided six assists the rest of the way before scoring 21 goals the following season to prepare for a move to Manchester City.
Since then, he has been Premier League Playmaker of the Season twice, including in 2019/20 with 20 assists, and is close to doing so three out of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard also received the award, which is only five years old.
De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016/17, a year before the championship, but the name is on the line.
His stats hint that there’s more to come, as “KDB” generates an insipid 3.61 moments per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times and had eight assists, De Bruyne is once again taunting anyone who dares harass him in terms of goal setting (some guy named Erling Haaland helps…).
Take a look at De Bruyne’s brilliant stats and read on to find out who’s chasing him on the Premier League assists leaderboard for the 2022-23 season.
Premier League 2022-23 helps leaders
- Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City – 11
- Bukayo Saka, Arsenal – 7
- Christian Eriksen, Manchester United – 7
- Bernardo Silva, Manchester City – 5
- Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham Hotspur – 5
- Alex Iwobi, Everton – 5
- Andy Robertson, Liverpool – 5
- Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal – 5
- Martin Odegaard, Arsenal – 5
- Ivan Perisic, Tottenham Hotspur – 5
- Andreas Pereira, Fulham – 5
- Granite Xhaka, Arsenal – 5
- Jamie Vardy, Leicester City – 4
- James Maddison, Leicester City – 4
- Marcus Tavernier, Bournemouth – 4
- Kieran Trippier, Newcastle – 4
- Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – 4
- Michael Olize, Crystal Palace – 4
- Kenny Tete, Fulham – 4
- Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa – 4
- Matthias Jensen, Brentford – 4
- Jack Harrison, Leeds – 4
- Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest – 4
- Solly March, Brighton & Hove Albion – 4
- Rodri, Manchester City – 4
- Douglas Louis, Aston Villa – 4
- Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United – 4
Frank Lampard has been sacked by Everton after a catastrophic drop in form amid major fan unrest against owners and board of directors.
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The club confirmed Lampard’s sacking on Monday afternoon following morning reports that Everton had cut ties with the manager. Lampard has been in charge of Everton for less than a year.
Everton are currently 19th in the Premier League with just 15 points from their first 20 games of the season. They have picked up just one point in their last seven games and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham appears to be the final nail in Lampard’s coffin.
Everton sacking Frank Lampard
Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard stepped down from his position as senior men’s first team manager today.
Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones also left the Club.
Alan Kelly will remain goaltending coach.
Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their hard work during these challenging 12 months.
The commitment and dedication of Frank and his team has been exemplary throughout their time at the club, but recent results and current league position meant this difficult decision had to be made. We wish Frank and all his behind-the-scenes team the best of luck for their future in the game.
The club has begun searching for a new manager and will provide an update on the appointment in due course.
Paul Tate and Leighton Baines will continue training until a new manager is appointed.
Of course, Lampard is to blame for the game on the field and the fact that Everton got into another mess.
He kept them up in dramatic fashion last season, but the Everton board didn’t back him into the summer window and the same problems remain both on and off the pitch.
In recent weeks, Everton fans have stepped up their protests against majority owner Farhad Moshiri, longtime chairman Bill Kenwright and the entire board.
Lampard was liked by most Evertonians and was considered only part of the problem, not the main problem.
Whoever comes next has to somehow get Everton back on the regular goal scoring and keep a solid enough defensive unit intact and also unify the fan base as they have another relegation problem.
Giovanni Reina has let his boots speak for themselves since his return to the Bundesliga.
The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund and USMNT star scored the winning goal in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Augsburg, keeping the BVB at the center of title discussion.
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But, perhaps more importantly, the American has once again shown his formidable talent after a month in which his family exchanged jokes with the national team coach after a tough World Cup in Qatar.
Reinu was defended by his club and he responded with his third goal of the Bundesliga season, all of which came in his last six appearances after the season was stopped early in the season due to injury.
The American knocks off a dropped ball and defuses with the outside of his right boot, scoring the seventh and final goal in a win that lifts Borussia Dortmund to sixth, two points behind second and seven behind leaders Bayern Munich.
This moment, like Reina’s first friendly against Dortmund since the World Cup, rightly brings football to the forefront and certainly reminds everyone of Giovanni Reina’s great talent.
And… is it a Memphis Depay holiday? A Dutch player that Gregg Berhalter says is not part of the USMNT repertoire?
Reina will not be in the roster, nor will most European players, when the US men’s team comes together…