Goals wins you games ,this is one of the reasons why the goalscorers grabs all the headlines. Scoring goals becomes all the more easier when you have a skilled playmaker who provides you with the chance to score goals. The No. 10 role is arguably the most important role in any team. The primary string puller of the team, he helps keep things moving forward for the team and is usually the one to provide that all important assist for the striker to score. Some wingers and central midfielders are good in providing the final ball too. So let us have a look at some of the Players With Best Minutes Per Assist Ratio In The Premier League History.
Including players with minimum of 20 assists, here are the top 10 Players With Best Minutes Per Assist Ratio In The Premier League History –
10. Vladimir Smicer [24 assists] [268.3 min/assist]
An attacking midfielder, Šmicer’s time in Premier League was spent with Liverpool. Signed by Gerard Houllier in July 1999, Smicer was brought in to replace Steve McManaman and was instantly handed the winger’s number seven shirt. He spent six seasons with Liverpool and is perhaps best remembered for his long-range goal in the 2005 Champions League Final.
9. Eyal Berkovic [41 assists] [265 min/assists]
One of Israel’s greatest ever players, Eyal Berkovic played for West Ham United, Manchester City and Portsmouth in the Premier League. In 1997 , he was signed by manager Harry Redknapp for West Ham United for £1.75 million, for whom he played for two seasons. He joined Manchester City in 2001 and spent three seasons before leaving for Portsmouth in 2004. However, he failed to hold down a regular starting place in the Portsmouth’s team for the 2004–05 season, and in January 2005 left Portsmouth. He had been linked with a move to Crystal Palace but instead decided to return to the country of his birth.
8. Eric Cantona [56 assists] [245.7 min/assist]
Eric Cantona is one of Manchester United’s greatest players and arguably the most influential of the Premier League era. Signing the Frenchman from Leeds United was the single most significant move Sir Alex Ferguson made in creating the team that dominated the early years of the Premier League. At United, Cantona won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.
7. Dennis Bergkamp [94 assists] [236.2 min/assist]
There are some footballers for whom statistics and even words simply can’t do justice. Dennis Berkgamp is one of those players. As a No.10 for most of his career, his statistics are mightily impressive, but they still don’t do him justice. They can’t describe his brilliance. He set the bar for what it means to be a footballing artist.
In 2007, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, the first and so far only Dutch player ever to receive such honour. In 2017, Bergkamp’s famous goal against Newcastle United was voted as the best Premier League goal of all-time in the league’s 25-year history.