Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne reached his 50th Premier League assist in record time during Sunday’s clash with Bournemouth.
De Bruyne reached the half-century mark at the Vitality Stadium by assisting Sergio Aguero’s 15th-minute opener. Admittedly, though, it was a rather fortunate one as he was actually aiming to score.
The unmarked Belgian attempted to volley Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross from the left inside the box. However, the miscued shot instead fell kindly to Aguero for him to poke the ball past Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale.
While it wasn’t the outcome he hoped for, however, De Bruyne was credited with the assist. Therefore, OptaJoe announced that he’d now smashed Mesut Ozil’s record of 50 assists in 141 games by reaching the milestone in just 123 outings.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona sits third on this exclusive list by taking 143 matches. Former Arsenal stars Dennis Bergkamp and Cesc Fabregas (who also played for Chelsea), meanwhile, took 146 and 165 games respectively.
It marks a welcome turnaround for De Bruyne, who probably would’ve reached this record last season had it not been for injuries. It caused him to make just 11 Premier League starts.
Yet, the 28-year-old has put the woes of last term behind and has already recorded four assists in this campaign alone.
50 – Kevin De Bruyne has now made 50 assists in the Premier League, achieving this milestone in the fewest appearances of any player in the competition's history (123). Exquisite. pic.twitter.com/HMM5p2Q251
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 25, 2019
Although De Bruyne recently warned City’s rivals he can still improve after a man of the match display against Tottenham.
“I feel good and I’m becoming better,” the playmaker said last weekend.
“It’s still the beginning of the season, so sometimes it’s heavy [going], but I feel fine, so everything will be OK this season.”
City went on to defeat Bournemouth 3-1 in the end. Prior to the break, Raheem Sterling doubled their advantage before Harry Wilson pulled one back for the hosts with a fine free-kick.
But Aguero restored City’s advantage in the 64th-minute with another poke for his fourth goal of the season.