Kevin de Bruyne is on course to annihilate Thierry Henry's Premier League assist record

Manchester City v Watford FC - Premier League

What else is there left to say about this Manchester City side?

That might seem overly sensational a week after they were beaten by newly-promoted Norwich City, but Pep Guardiola's men were back to their terrifying best against Watford.

The Hornets found themselves on the receiving end of an 8-0 humiliation that made the 2019 FA Cup final between the same sides seem a close affair. 

In the end, City were just one goal shy of Manchester United's record Premier League win - a 9-0 thrashing of Ipswich Town back in March 1995. 

However, there were plenty of other records which were sent tumbling. 

Prior to this afternoon, City had never scored eight in a Premier League match and had never won a top-flight game by such a big margin. 

Bernardo Silva had never scored two goals in a single Premier League match, but the Portuguese midfielder bagged himself a hat-trick. 

There was also room on the scoresheet for David Silva, Sergio Aguero (penalty), and Riyad Mahrez. Even Nicolas Otamendi got in on the act. 

Manchester City v Watford FC - Premier League

With five minutes left, Kevin de Bruyne topped it all off with a splendid finish. The Belgian had already made his mark, with eight chances created and two assists. 

That takes the 28-year-old to 53 Premier League assists - one more than the so-called 'assist king' Mesut Ozil, and on par with Robin van Persie, Leighton Baines, and Emile Heskey. 

As journalist Daniel Storey points out, de Bruyne has already helped his teammates to seven goals in just six games in the 2019/20 campaign.

The current record for assists in a single season is held by Thierry Henry, who managed 20 for Arsenal in 2002/03. 

Should de Bruyne keep going at his current rate, he'd end up with 44 by May. Now, nobody is for a moment suggesting he will be able to maintain this form throughout the season, particularly given his injury record. 

It seems very plausible that he will reach Henry's record, however, and it would be no less than he deserves. 

His personal best came in 2016/17, when he assisted 18. Surely it's only a matter of time. 

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