The wizards of the last pass

By Ucatchers

In soccer, goals are the main focus of attention. The great scorers are usually the most sought-after players and with the greatest cache. But nothing could be done without the invaluable help of the assistants.

Next, we are going to do a review, by position, of the best assistants of this season.

We start with the doormen. Some of them have so much quality in their feet, that they are capable of launching counterattacks from their goal. The goalkeeper with the most assists this year is the Dutchman from Vitesse, Remko Pasveer (3). Behind him are 3 goalkeepers who have 2 goals, the Icelandic Ogmundir Kristinson (Larisa), the German Ferdinand Oswald (Tirol) and the also Teutonic Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona).

Among defenders, the best assistants are the deep backs. On the right wing, the Englishman James Tavernier stands out, who has given 15 goals to the Scottish Rangers. He is closely followed by his compatriot Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose passes have preluded 14 goals at the almighty Liverpool. An unknown person, Bandar Mohamed, has given 12 assists in just 20 games for Al-Ain FC of the United Arab Emirates Gulf League. And in 10 decisive passes, the right-winger of Real Madrid (on loan at Borussia Dortmund), Achraf Hakimi, has remained, for now.

On the left wing, the most prolific assistant was, with 14, the Corata Borna Barisic (of the Scottish Rangers). After him 11 gave the Turkish Caner Erkin (from Besiktas). And 9 have given the Brazilian Alex Telles (Porto), the Portuguese Nuno Sequeira (Braga) and in Albanian Lorenc Trashi (Partizani).

And among the central defenders, the most outstanding in this facet have been the Brazilian Rafael Tolói (from Atalanta) and the English Steven Caulker (from Alayaspor), both with 6.

Among the defensive pivots in the center of the field, the attention of the Welshman Henry Jones (12 assistants at Bala Town in his native country). Behind him we find the Australian James Holland (10 assists, LASK) and a European football super classic, decisive in the Bundesliga, Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), with 9 passes on goal.

Among the midfielders, the greatest specialist in goal passing are the Dutch Ruud Vormer (17 assists, Club Brugge) and the Austrian Peter Michorl (17, LASK). After both appears, with 15, the Scotsman Liam Polworth (Motherwell).

Among the attacking midfielders, the Austrian Michael Liendl (from his country’s Wolfsberger) shines with 22, no less. Behind him are the French Mathieu Valbuena (21, Olympiacos) and the Belgian Kevin de Bruyne (19, Manchester City).

Right interiors are also often very prolific in passing goals. On the right wing, the most effective this season is by far James Forrest (Celtic), with 22 assists. Behind him, at 17, appears the Mexican from Porto, Jesús Corona. And they complete the podium, with 14, the Scotsman Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) and the Irishman Kirk Millar (Linfield).

Eintracht Frankfurt Serb Filip Kostic has 16 assists on the left wing. Behind him are Galatasaray’s Turk Omer Bayram and Linfield’s Irishman Joel Cooper (both 13). And behind both, with 10, appears the Spanish Victor Ruiz, who plays for the Swiss St. Gallen.

In the midfielder, stands out a reborn this season, the German of Bayern Thomas Müller, with 20 passes on goal. After him, they appear, with 12, the Argentineans Papu Gómez (Atalanta) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

Among the right wingers, Argentine Ángel Di María (PSG) and Moroccan Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) tied for the top, with 21 passes. After both, appears, with 20, the English Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund). Leo Messi is 4th, with 16 assists.

Among the left-handed extremes, the “gold” goes to the Serbian Dusan Tadic (21 assists, Ajax), the silver goes to the Qatari Akram Afif (14, Al Sadd) and the bronze is shared, with 13 goals from the Belgian Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), the Dutch Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham) and the Costa Rican Ariel Lassiter (Alajuelense).

We only have the center forwards left. The most generous killer is Frenchman Odsonne Edouard (19 assists, Celtic). [Atención a este jugador, que también ve puerta con facilidad, ya que ha marcado 27 goles en el conjunto escocés]. After him, another Frenchman appears in the ranking, Kylian Mbappé (17 assists, PSG, 30 goals). And the third place goes to the Korean Hee-chan Hwang (16 passes on goal, Salzburg).

We finish this compilation of assistants with the best Spaniards. The podium is occupied by Luis Alberto (Lazio, 14), Rodrigo (Valencia, 11), and Adama Traoré (Wolves, 10) and Víctor Ruiz (St. Gallen, 10).

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