Issue 412 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post analyses Wyscout data on domestic league assists made by players in 75 championships around the world over the last 365 days. By weighting the number of assists with the sporting coefficient of the matches played, Kevin De Bruyne comes out on top ahead of Ousmane Dembélé and Lionel Messi.
With 12 assists and a weighted score of 13.8, which puts him in sixth place overall, Dejan Kulusevski tops the list among U23 players. The Tottenham man is ahead of Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli), Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig) and the Real Madrid duo Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo Goes. Sebastián Villa (Boca Juniors) is the top ranked player currently active in a South American league.
In purely numerical terms, without weighting assists by the sporting level of the matches played, with 19 assists in last year domestic league matches, three players are at the top: Dušan Tadić (AFC Ajax), Ahmed Sayed ‘Zizo’ (Zamalek SC), as well as Emil Hansson (Heracles). They are ahead of Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Mike Trésor (KRC Genk), 18 assists for both, as well as of Lionel Messi (PSG) with 17.
Assists - score weighted by the sporting level of matches played
Domestic league matches between 01/03/2022 and 01/03/2023. Data: Wyscout.