EPL introduce Premier League Playmaker award
The English Premier League (EPL) technical committee today announced the introduction of the Cadbury-sponsored Premier League Playmaker award at the end of the season.
The award, which recognises the top-assist provider for the season, represents a deserved acknowledgment for playmakers who often influence play in no small way but often maligned in favour of goalscorers.
The much-acclaimed award is the first of its kind in Europe’s top 5 leagues and is sure to be adopted in the coming years.
As it is, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne leads the charge for the inaugural award with 15 assists. De Bruyne is closely chased by teammates Leroy Sane and David who have provided 12 and 11 assists respectively.
Had the award been announced last year, De Bruyne’s league-topping 18 assists would have earned him the accolade ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen with 15.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry holds the record for the most assists in a Premier League season with 20 assists.