Arsenal legend Henry: I preferred assists over scoring

Ruben Hill
April 20, 2018

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne now leads the way on assists for this season, conjuring up 15 so far this campaign.

Premier League legend Thierry Henry has welcomed the introduction of a new award which rewards the division's most creative player.

Meanwhile, the Belgian attacker is poised to be crowned the victor of the first category of the award after leading the assists chart 15 assists in the ongoing league season.

At present, it would be fair to say that the award, in partnership with Cadbury, will be going to a Manchester City player.

The 26-year-old has been instrumental to the Citizens feat so far this season - winning the English topflight title with five games to spare.

The "Premier League Playmaker award" will sit alongside both the "Golden Boot award" and the "Golden Glove award", awarded for most goals scored and most clean sheets respectively.

The Belgian was the league's chief playmaker a year ago when he set up 18 goals and will be looking to better that tally in the remaining five games of this season - though this time he will have a trophy to show for his efforts.

After Sane is David Silva with 11 assists already this season before getting to Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli with 10. Directly trailing him is Liverpool's Mo Salah, arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Spur's Christian Eriksen, all on 9 assists this season.

Henry - who still holds the Premier League record for the most assist in a single season with 20 - was delighted to see the award introduced as he believes playmakers deserve more recognition. Instead of trying to score by all means, they prefer giving assists to other players that are better positioned to send the ball into the net and giving their team the lead. "Of course, that wouldn't be possible without the playmakers creating those chances". In fact, the skilful midfielder has provided 50 league assists in 142 league games, averaging an assist every 2.84 games.

"I personally enjoyed providing assists more than scoring", he said to talkSPORT.

"Being able to provide those moments for your team-mates brings great joy and I'm sure this award will inspire many more in the future to create great chances and even greater goals".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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