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
10. Mesut Ozil [54 assists] [282.55 min/assist]
Since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, Mesut Ozil has been one of the star performers for the Arsene Wenger’s side. Ozil has proved himself to be a classic example of how a single player can uplift an entire team and give confidence to the fans.
During his first season, Ozil helped end the club’s nine-year trophy drought, winning the FA Cup in 2014. He later became victorious in two more FA Cup campaigns, while also winning the FA Community Shield. Ozil also tied the league assist record (19) in 2014–15.
9. Vladimir Smicer [24 assists] [269.4 min/assist]
Smicer was attacking midfielder who played for Liverpool in the Premier League. He was signed by Gerard Houllier in 1999 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.
His 24 assists came in just quick enough time to earn him a place in the list of players with best minutes per assist ratio in the Premier League history.
8. Eyal Berkovic [41 assists] [265 min/assists]
Eyal Berkovic was one of Israel’s greatest players. In the Premier League, he played for West Ham United, Manchester City and Portsmouth. His time in the Premier League started with West Ham when he was signed by manager Harry Redknapp for £1.75 million in 1997.
He later 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 left the club in 2005.
7. David Silva [90 assists] [262.23 min/assist]
When David Silva first arrived in Manchester to begin his City career, very few would have expected him to make such an impact on the club.
The Spanish technician now looks a bargain at £24m – the fee City paid Valencia for his services way back in 2010. He’s possibly the most consistently eye-catching player the Premier League has witnessed and, there’s an argument to claim he’s City’s best ‘ever’ player.
He has played more than 400 games for Manchester City and played a major role in their four Premier League title. He is currently in his last season with the club and his departure will be a major loss for Manchester City.
6. Eric Cantona [56 assists] [244.2 min/assist]
Eric Cantona is one of Manchester United’s greatest players and arguably the most influential of the Premier League era. He was a ferocious player and he always brought the energy on field.
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.