Date: 15th November 2016 at 8:38am
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A slow and somewhat dull November international break so far – so who tops the assist charts in terms of average minutes per assist in the Premier League.

Talksport have done the legwork on this one and for simpicity, they made three assists so far this campaign the minimum entry requirement and included the time per element, so some big names do miss out – non more so than Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but equally Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Bournemouth’s Adam Smith can feel unlucky, as WhoScored have them down in their own top ten list far this season.

Rank
Player
Club
Assists
Every
1
Pedro
Chelsea
Five
81.8mins
2
Kelechi Iheanacho
Manchester City
Three
95.7mins
3
Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City
Six
127mins
4
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Four
149.3mins
5
Adam Lallana
Liverpool
Five
154.6mins
6
Yannick Bolasie
Everton
Five
156mins
7
Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool
Five
166.8mins
8
Steven Defour
Burnley
Three
170.7mins
9
Dimitri Payet
West Ham
Four
182.8mins
10
Alex Iwobi
Arsenal
Three
188.7mins



Having mentioned WhoScored’s top ten, familiar faces appear obviously, but based on number of assists, as opposed to time between, a few new faces do pop up.

Rank
Player
Club
Assists
1
Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City
Six
2
Adam Lallana
Liverpool
Five
3
Nemanja Matic
Chelsea
Five
4
Pedro
Chelsea
Five
5
Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool
Five
6
Dimitri Payet
West Ham
Four
7
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Four
8
Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace
Four
9
Yannick Bolasie
Everton
Four
10
Adam Smith
Bournemouth
Three



Also tied on three assists for the campaign so far would be Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez, Middlesbrough’s Alvaro Negredo, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, Chelsea’s Diego Costa, Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, Manchester City’s Alex Iwobi, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Burnley’s Steven Defour.

If this was to be run next month, or come the New Year (and I might if I remember!) you would expect to see the second list especially begin to shrink as certain players really begin to pull away on the assist front.

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