Kevin de Bruyne has registered more assists in 2019/20 than Paul Scholes has done in a single season

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Kevin de Bruyne has started this season pretty well, hasn’t he?

The Manchester City midfielder missed a large part of last season, only featuring in half of City’s Premier League fixtures.

But it seems he’s keen to make up for lost time this time around.

In City’s eight domestic matches this season, De Bruyne has only played the entire 90 minutes on three occasions.

But that hasn’t stopped him racking up a pretty incredible eight assists.

In fact, the only game in which the Belgian didn't register an assist in the league this season is against Norwich - where he only played 33 minutes.

And his tally of eight means that he’s now surpassed Paul Scholes’ best-ever tally of assists in a single Premier League season.


De Bruyne has done it after just eight games.

That’s seriously impressive.

Ok, it doesn’t suggest that De Bruyne is suddenly a far better player than Scholes ever was but it’s still an interesting statistic - and pretty staggering too.

Many of De Bruyne’s assists this season have come from the former Chelsea man whipping in un-defendable crosses from the right.

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He did just that on Saturday evening, delivering a killer cross for Gabriel Jesus to open the scoring against Everton.

But despite all of his skill, Guardiola still gets frustrated when De Bruyne gives away the ball.

"Kevin is a special player, sometimes he sees something the other guys cannot see on the pitch," Guardiola said. "Sometimes I’m a little bit like 'Grrr' when it’s a simple ball and he loses it. How, with your quality, can you lose it?

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"But he’s an incredibly talented player, with his vision upfront and the quality he has.

"We had an incredible season, winning four titles, but we missed him a lot last season because he’s a special player."

De Bruyne is on course to smash the league's assist record but it seems Guardiola still isn't fully satisfied...

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