Earlier in the week, we ran a feature shining the spotlight on the players in football who don't quite get the credit the deserved: those who specialise in providing assists for goals.

While Lionel Mess and Cristiano Ronaldo lap up the plaudits for their goal scoring exploits, the likes of Lukas Podolski and Juan Mata surely deserve their fair share of the praise for making the men who put the ball in the back of the net look good?

But what is interesting is when you look at how the goal scorer and goal provider work in tandem - is it for example, the man who whips the crosses in who supplies the most goals for the front man, or the midfield maestro who can unlock a defence in a single pass?

Well luckily for you, GMF have unearthed a little statistical treat that should answer that very question. Take a look at the best Premier League attacking partnerships.

5. Fernando Torres (assist)  / Juan Mata (goal scorer) - 3 goals

Oh Fernando, how many stats are there that condemn your time at Chelsea?

The one-time goal scorer has seemingly turned provider, and forms half of the 5th most prolific partnership in the Premier League.

The Spanish pair have combined on three goals this season, although we can't help but feel this has more to do with Mata cleaning up after Torres has seen another shot on goal saved….

4. Jonathan de Guzman/ Michu - 3

A pair of new arrivals from Spain in the summer, Michu has hogged the limelight but it seems he has De Guzman to thank for making him look good. 

De Guzman has made 1.4 key passes per game and has an 88.5% pass success rate in the Premier League this season, which makes him one of Swansea' most dangerous passers - and that is saying something.

3. Antonio Valencia/ Robin van Persie - 4

The key to Robin van Persie's success at Manchester United has been revealed; it's all down to Antonio Valencia.

Well ok, maybe not, but it is interesting to see that the one man who supplies the most goals for the Dutchman is probably the most orthodox winger in the league.

Manchester United fans often bemoan the lack of a creative spark in midfield, but with widemen like Valencia, along with Ashley Young, Nani and Wilfried Zaha soon to join that group, maybe they can go without one for a little bit longer….

2. Lukas Podolski/Santi Cazorla - 5

Two new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium in the summer, both players combine excellently in open play for Arsenal and also do well in front of goal when working in tandem.

Cazorla is the creative heartbeat of Arsenal so it is no surprise to see him involved - but it is a shock to see he is the goal scorer with Podolski as the provider. 

Against Liverpool earlier this season both got on the scoresheet, with each man laying on a goal for the other. That proved to be a sign of things to come.

1. Theo Walcott / Olivier Giroud - 5

Top of the pile are another Arsenal pair - and two players who are seemingly fighting over the same position.

This relationship is a two way street; against Liverpool Giroud laid off a beautiful little pass for Walcott to slam home, while against Newcastle and Fulham Walcott repaid the favour and set up his French team-mate.

It will be interesting to see how the two play together now both are in good goalscoring form and looking to put forward their own case to be Arsenal's main striker.

All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com

 

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