Final 2022/23 Premier League Playmaker of the Season standings

The Premier League is currently blessed with some of the finest creators on the planet, and a brand new end-of-season award was introduced to celebrate the creative genius of the league’s very best.

The Playmaker of the Season award is a novel concept first established ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. The award is given out to the player that ends the league season with the most assists.

Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne was a two-time winner heading into the 2022/23 season, and the arrival of a certain Norwegian menace meant it was always going to be tough to usurp the Belgian’s assist tally.

Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne finished the season well clear at the top of the assist charts / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Appearances: 32
Assists: 16

Was this ever in doubt? The all-time Premier League great has picked up his third Playmaker of the Season crown – and first since 2019/20 – after registering an impressive 16 assists. The arrival of Erling Haaland rendered this crowning inevitable.

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Salah has once again notched double-digit goals and assists / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Appearances: 38
Assists: 12

The Egyptian superstar was one of very few to register double-digit goals and assists in 2022/23. The 2021/22 Playmaker of the Season, however, never really came close to competing with De Bruyne for this season’s crown.

Leandro TrossardLeandro Trossard

Trossard signed for Arsenal in January / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Appearances: 36
Assists: 12

While his form tailed off towards the end of the season, there was a point when Arsenal’s acquisition of Brighton’s Trossard looked to be a masterstroke. Eight of his assists came in red and white, including the three he registered at Fulham in March.

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A big move beckons for Olise / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Appearances: 37
Assists: 11

Eberechi Eze has garnered plenty of plaudits for his stellar form since Roy Hodgson’s arrival, but Olise has been similarly impressive and put together a productive campaign down Palace’s right flank. The Frenchman dazzled in the 5-1 thumping of Leeds in April and notched three assists.

Bukayo SakaBukayo Saka

Saka’s production has dipped at the end of the season / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Appearances: 38
Assists: 11

Arsenal’s starboy penned a contract extension at the club that keeps him on their books until 2027 off the back of his stellar 2022/23 season. Saka played a major part in the Gunners’ title challenge, but his form fell off a cliff after the March international break.

Riyad MahrezRiyad Mahrez

Mahrez has continued to produce down the stretch / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Appearances: 30
Assists: 10

While Pep Guardiola has often turned to Bernardo Silva in the big moments, Mahrez had enjoyed yet another fine season in sky blue. The Algerian registered his fourth double-digit assist haul of his Premier League career.

Trent Alexander-arnoldTrent Alexander-arnold

Reinvented / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Appearances: 37
Assists: 9

The reinvention of Trent sparked a Liverpool resurgence at the end of the campaign, with the unicorn full-back registering assists in five straight games in April.

James MaddisonJames Maddison

Maddison couldn’t keep Leicester up / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Appearances: 30
Assists: 9

A rare shining light for Leicester this season. Maddison didn’t do enough to keep the Foxes up, however, and a new challenge awaits the England international this summer.

Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes

Bruno ended the season with more assists than goals / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Appearances: 37
Assists: 8

It wasn’t the most productive of seasons for Bruno but he still managed 16 direct goal involvements, contributing eight goals and assists respectively.

Ivan PerisicIvan Perisic

It’s been a disappointing season for Perisic / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Appearances: 35
Assists: 8

There’s no doubt that the Croatian veteran has underwhelmed since joining Tottenham, but boy, can he take a set-piece. The vast majority of his eight league assists arrived from such situations.

Andrew RobertsonAndrew Robertson

The consistent Robertson notched eight assists / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Appearances: 35
Assists: 8

The Scottish full-back didn’t trouble the scorers in 2022/23, but he once again proved a distinct threat in the final third as he notched eight Premier League assists.

Season

Player

Assists

2022/23

Kevin De Bruyne

16

2021/22

Mohamed Salah

13

2020/21

Harry Kane

14

2019/20

Kevin De Bruyne

20

2018/19

Eden Hazard

15

2017/18

Kevin De Bruyne

16

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