Kevin De Bruyne stamped himself as the most creative player in the Premier League last season according to the stats and the Belgian can lead the way in most assists once again. He set up teammates for a goal on 18 occasions last season and with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero starting this season fighting fit there’s no reason why he can’t be at the forefront of City’s creativity once again. The worry for him is that Bernardo Silva may take away a few of those numbers from him, but 18 is a high bar for the rest of the field to
Christian Eriksen set up his teammates on 15 occasions and should be involved again very frequently although if Spurs’ struggles at Wembley are translated over the course of a season that could be problematic and he might be a bigger price in this market if Harry Kane starts August as slowly as he has done in the past two seasons.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 13 assists were an integral part of keeping Swansea up last season and he looks to be a big each/way contender once again if he stays. The arrival of Tammy Abraham gives him two targets to hit up top and even if he was to move to another team in the league one would have to assume that he’d be upgrading which in theory would only increase his chances.
Mesut Ozil looks set to start the first game of the season for Arsenal tonight and if he recovers his best form he can make a mockery of this market as he did two seasons ago. Alexis Sanchez stepped up when he fell away last season with 10 assists although his future is potentially in doubt and he’s missing Arsenal’s first couple of games in August. Cesc Fabregas won’t have the pairing of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to hit but his dead ball delivery alone makes him an incredible asset and if Conte is wise enough to use him all the time then he is one who makes plenty of appeal even if Chelsea aren’t as ruthlessly efficient as they were last season.
Wilfried Zaha ought to enjoy playing at Palace a lot more if Frank de Boer can implement his style at Selhurst Park (and he has had a whole summer to do so). If Christian Beneteke is the man to put away all those chances remains to be seen but if De Boer settles in they should have a smoother season than last and he can kick on from that.
Like with the goals, there are any number of players who can set up teammates at Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum took the eye big time at 66/1 considering that he set up a goal on nine occasions last year, although with Roberto Firmino just as adept (seven) and Mohamed Salah arriving from Roma, they could all take away from each other.
2 pts Kevin De Bruyne (10/3 Paddy Power)
1 pt each/way Gylfi Sigurdsson (14/1 Betfair)
1 pt each/way Wilfried Zaha (66/1 Paddy Power)