De Bruyne equals Gerrard: Who has the most Premier League assists in history?

Kevin De Bruyne was at his brilliant best once again to help Manchester City defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 away from home.

The Premier League champions were simply too hot to handle in Saturday’s early kick-off, with De Bruyne contributing two assists.

De Bruyne’s first of the day was for Jack Grealish in the very first minute of play, the Belgian firing in one of his trademark low crosses to be gobbled up by his teammate.

The second came after the half-time interval and it was very similar to the first. De Bruyne teed up Phil Foden with a perfect near post cross to make it 3-0 after some sumptuous City build-up play involving Erling Haaland.

Yeah, it was another impressive showing from Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine.

And De Bruyne’s two assists mean he has now recorded 92 of them in Premier League action, the same number as Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard achieved in the entirety of his career.

What is more, De Bruyne has reached the sizeable tally in 287 fewer appearances, which is quite frankly ridiculous.

De Bruyne is, of course, playing in a far better team than Gerrard ever did at Liverpool, but the former Chelsea man’s numbers are still astounding.

He’s currently averaging close to an assist per outing in the English top-flight and with Haaland now leading the line at City, his numbers will probably further improve in the coming years.

Will De Bruyne eventually finish as the Premier League’s greatest in terms of assists? Well, if he remains fully fit for the next three to four years, that outcome is more than likely.

Let’s take a look at the division’s all-time leading assistsers

Kevin De Bruyne & Phil Foden celebrate Man City goal
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Phil Foden of Manchester City celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux on September 17, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The 20 players with the most assists in Premier League history

20. Nolberto Solano – 62 assists

19. Matthew Le Tissier – 63 assists

=17. Alan Shearer – 64 assists

=17. Gareth Barry – 64 assists

16. Christian Eriksen – 67 assists

15. Darren Anderton – 68 assists

14. Ashley Young – 71 assists

13. Andrew Cole – 73 assists

12. Thierry Henry – 74 assists

11. Teddy Sheringham – 76 assists

Teddy Sheringham celebrates a Spurs goal
BIRMINGHAM – NOVEMBER 30: Teddy Sheringham of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur held on November 30, 2002 at St Andrews, in Birmingham, England. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

10. David Beckham – 80 assists

9. James Milner – 87 assists

=7. Kevin De Bruyne – 92 assists

=7. Steven Gerrard – 92 assists

6. David Silva – 93 assists

5. Dennis Bergkamp – 94 assists

4. Frank Lampard – 102 assists

3. Wayne Rooney – 103 assists

2. Cesc Fabregas – 111 assists

  1. Ryan Giggs – 162 assists
Ryan Giggs with Man Utd
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – MAY 14: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United pumps his fist to the fans after drawing the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United but winning the title at Ewood park on May 14, 2011 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

It’s only a matter of time before De Bruyne becomes the fifth member of the 100 club and given he’s already recorded six assists in the Premier League so far this season, he’ll probably secure membership way before the end of 2022/23.

The Belgian still trails Manchester United icon Giggs by 50 assists, though, which is quite a significant margin.

But as we said earlier, if De Bruyne remains fit and focused, there’s no reason why he can’t claim the record outright.

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