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Premier League Assist Kings: Which Africans have the most PL assists?

20:05 EAT 05/10/2022
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GOAL reveal the top 20 African Assist Kings in Premier League history
  • Yannick Bolasie | Crystal Palace

    #20 Yannick Bolasie

    Sneaking into 20th place ahead of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jordan Ayew, Bolasie registered 17 assists during his Premier League career—most notably with Crystal Palace.

    Currently playing in Turkish football with Caykur Rizespor, the Democratic Republic of Congo wideman would surely have registered many more top flight assists had injury not shattered his progress at Everton.

  • Alex Song Arsenal 2012

    #19 Alex Song

    Song had truly begun to find his creative touch at Arsenal when he departed the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona.

    He nonetheless ended his time in the Prem with 18 assists combined across his stints with the Gunners, Charlton Athletic and West Ham United.

  • Victor Moses of Chelsea

    #18 Victor Moses

    Also on 18 Prem assists, Moses has represented Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United in the top tier.

    His most successful spell, of course, came with Chelsea, with whom he was a Premier League winner under Antonio Conte.

  • Abdoulaye Doucoure Everton 2021-22

    #17 Abdoulaye Doucoure

    The first active Prem player on this list, Doucoure also has 18 assists across his time with Watford and Everton.

    He’s fit again after an injury layoff, although it remains to be seen what role he will have in Frank Lampard’s plans this season.

  • Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi

    #16 Shola Ameobi

    A long-term servant for Newcastle United, Ameobi spent 14 years at Newcastle United, making close to 400 appearances for the club in all competitions.

    He registered 20 assists in the Prem, also turning out—briefly—for Crystal Palace in the top flight.

  • Stephane Sessegnon 29112015

    #15 Stephane Sessegnon

    An underrated creative presence for West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland, Sessegnon helped both sides punch above their weight in the top tier, even if he may have struggled for consistency.

    The Benin great has 21 Prem assists, putting him 255th in the overall standings.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho

    #14 Kelechi Iheanacho

    Level with Sessegnon, as well as players such as Scott Parker, Park Ji-Sung and Patrice Evra, expect Iheanacho to add to his 21 Prem assists this season, particularly as his understanding with Patson Daka continues to improve.

  • Geremi Njitap

    #13 Geremi

    Another underrated player on this list, Geremi was a Premier League winner with Chelsea, and he also represented Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.

    A big contributor both offensively and defensively, he has 23 league assists to his name.

  • Salomon Kalou

    #12 Salomon Kalou

    Kalou contributed 23 assists to the Chelsea cause during his six years at Stamford Bridge, many of those coming off the bench.

    The forward was a Premier League winner in 2010, and also clinched the Champions League two years later.

  •  Nigeria Alex Iwobi and Everton.

    #11 Alex Iwobi

    Tied with Kalou on 23 assists, Iwobi currently finds himself ranked joint 223rd in the overall standings.

    He’s contributed assists with both Arsenal and Everton, and expect him to climb up this list in the months to come.

  • El Hadji Diouf - Sunderland

    #10 El Hadji Diouf

    Breaking into the all-time top 200, Diouf registered 25 assists during his time in the Premier League.

    The two-time African Footballer of the Year didn’t truly realise his potential in the top flight, but he did spend the best part of a decade in the Prem, featuring for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers.

  • Yakubu of Middlesbrough

    #9 Yakubu

    The all-time top scoring Nigerian in the Premier League, and the African player with the most top flight hat-tricks, some may be surprised to find Yakubu in this list.

    Nonetheless, the striker registered 26 assists across his time with Everton, Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth.

  • Wilfried Zaha

    #8 Wilfried Zaha

    Still going strong with Crystal Palace, Zaha currently stands joint 174th in the all-time assist standings, having set up 27 goals during his time with the Eagles and—briefly—with Manchester United.

    Entering the last year of his contract at Selhurst Park, how long does Zaha have left in the Prem?

  • Nwankwo Kanu 2000

    #7 Nwankwo Kanu

    Kanu enjoyed a storied tenure in the Premier League, winning the title with Arsenal, playing his part in West Bromwich Albion’s great escape, and then clinching the FA Cup with Portsmouth.

    He registered 29 assists in the top tier, putting him 151st in the all-time rankings, and seventh among African players.

  • Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Ivory Coast.

    #6 Yaya Toure

    One of the finest players in the league’s history, Yaya was influential as Manchester City emerged as a modern superclub, playing an influential role in their FA Cup victory in 2011 and their maiden Premier League triumph a year later.

    He’s one of only two central midfielders to hit the 20-goal mark in a single season, and ended his time among the elite with 32 assists.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor Manchester City Arsenal Premier League 2009

    #5 Emmanuel Adebayor

    The Togo frontman featured for three of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, winning admirers and making enemies aplenty with Arsenal, ManchesterCity and Tottenham Hotspur.

    Once Africa’s most expensive player, he created 36 goals—putting him inside the Prem’s top 100—during his spell in the top flight.

  • Man Utd winger hunt | Sadio Mane Southampton

    #4 Sadio Mane

    One of the Prem’s all-time greats, only his former teammate Mohamed Salah has scored more goals among African players to have featured in the top flight than Mane.

    He also registered 38 assists in the Prem before moving on to Bayern Munich this summer, winning the title once during his glittering spell at Anfield.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool

    #3 Mohamed Salah

    Making Africa’s top three ahead of Mane, Salah may be criticised for his individualism in the final third, but he’s nonetheless registered 50 assists in the Premier League to date.

    The all-time top African scorer in the division currently sits 42nd in the overall assist charts.

  • Riyad Mahrez

    #2 Riyad Mahrez

    Currently on 51 assists, Mahrez has done it all in the Premier League, and currently owns four league winner’s medals.

    Will he secure a fifth this season?

    Certainly, expect him to climb higher than his current position of 41st in the overall assist charts before the campaign is out.

  • Didier Drogba, Fabianski - Chelsea vs Arsenal FA Cup 2008-09

    #1 Didier Drogba

    Better known for his goalscoring, Drogba may be a surprising name to top the list.

    However, he registered 55 assists across his two stints with Chelsea, making him the only African player inside the top 30 assist-makers in Prem history.