Scoring goals becomes all the 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.
Premier League is one of the toughest league in the world, its not very easy to perform consistently in this league. However, over the years there have been some great players, who with their consistency and control over the ball has made life easier for the goalscorers.
Let us have a look at some of the players with best minutes per assist ratio in the Premier League history.
We have only included players with a minimum of 20 assists. Here are the top 10 players with best minutes per assist ratio in the Premier League history
5. Cesc Fabregas [111 assists] [237.7 min/assist]
Fabregas came through La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy, leaving at 16 when he was signed by Arsenal in September 2003.
The Spaniard was pivotal in the Gunners’ run to the Champions League final in 2005/06 and soon emerged as arguably the biggest young talent in European football. He soon added goals to his game and ran games week in week out. He also won the FA cup in 2005.
His bond with Arsenal was so strong that in 2011 he even told Spanish magazine Don Balon: “If some day I leave Arsenal it will never be to sign for another English team. I’m very sure.” However, he left Arsenal the same year to join Barcelona before returning in the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014.
During his stay with Chelsea, he won the Premier League twice before leaving for Monaco in 2019. His 111 assists in 26,394 minutes puts him fifth among the players with best minutes per assist ratio in the Premier League history.
4. Dennis Bergkamp [94 assists] [235.8 min/assist]
There are some footballers for whom statistics and even words simply can’t do justice. Dennis Bergkamp 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. He also has one of the best minutes per assist ratio in the Premier League history.
3. Luis Nani [43 assists] [225.9 min/assist]
Nani joined Manchester United in July 2007 for a fee of €25 million. Nani has always had the ability to pull off moments of magic. Never content with a tap-in, the majority of his goals include the winger tearing past a defender or two, looking up then thundering a shot into the top corner.
Nani won the Community Shield on his competitive debut at Manchester United and added a number of trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League during his debut season at the club.
He established himself as the first-choice winger at United and won a further three Premier League titles, the Football League Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, and three Community Shield titles.