Where does Kevin De Bruyne rank among the Premier League’s all-time great midfielders?
Manchester City’s Belgian star produced another magnificent individual performance in a 4-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
The 30-year-old, who joined City from Wolfsburg in 2015, scored two goals and provided an assist for Riyad Mahrez in the rout.
De Bruyne, who also had a brief spell with Chelsea earlier in his career, brought his tally to 132 Premier League goal involvements during his career so far (51 goals and 81 assists).
Only eight players in history have provided more assists than De Bruyne, who has now set up more Premier League goals than David Beckham.
Which midfielder has the most Premier League goal involvements?
In the aftermath of Sunday’s match at the Etihad Stadium, Sky Sports displayed an interesting graphic showing where De Bruyne currently sits on the list of midfielders with the most Premier League goal involvements since the league was formed in 1992.
De Bruyne now finds himself eighth on the list, just behind the likes of James Milner, Beckham, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas.
Occupying the top three spots, however, are the trio who are continuously compared against one another: Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes.
Manchester United legend Scholes scored 107 goals and provided 55 assists, meaning 162 Premier League goal involvements in total.
Liverpool hero Gerrard scored 120 goals and registered 92 assists – a total of 212 goal involvements.
But sitting clear – and by some distance – at the top of the list is Chelsea icon Lampard.
Frank Lampard. The greatest midfielder in Premier League history.— Harry (@HarryCFC170) March 6, 2022
It's not even close 💙 pic.twitter.com/n4ibUuj2Ps
The former England international, who also spent a season with Man City, scored an incredible 177 goals and provided a further 102 assists, meaning he was directly involved in 279 Premier League goals overall. Phenomenal.
Only five players have scored more Premier League goals than Lampard: Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole and Sergio Aguero.
And only four players have registered more Premier League assists: Ryan Giggs, Fabregas and Rooney.
All time most goal involvements for Premier League midfielders.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 6, 2022
One different from the rest… 🐐 pic.twitter.com/0rbz1AcMhp
Does Frank Lampard deserve more respect?
These statistics prove that Lampard, who won three Premier League titles during his illustrious career, was hugely effective in the final third of the pitch.
That his numbers are unrivalled by any other midfielder in Premier League history shows he deserves more respect than what some football fans give him.