Trent Alexander-Arnold. Defender, playmaker, actually, actually good footballer. Like, traditionally good. How good?
Alexander-Arnold’s 13 assists this season broke his own record for assists for a defender in the Premier League, placing him second behind solely behind Kevin De Bruyne throughout all positions. The Englishman also snagged an assist in both the Champions League and the Club World Cup, because why not?
He’s held aloft the Champions League, Premier League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies in the past 14 months…and he’s 21.
It’s time to stop measuring his attacking contributions towards different defenders – it simply would not work. Let’s have a look at him towards some forwards as an alternative.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be among the many best pure forwards in the world, but his goalscoring’s typically come on the expense of him organising his teammates.
Ronaldo has netted a whopping 35 goals in all competitions, but has solely made seven assists for teammates – and has solely twice (2006/07 and 2014/15) handed Alexander-Arnold’s mark of 13 in a league season.
It is actively shocking? Maybe not. But hell, it is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Currently one of probably the most in demand players in Europe, Havertz may have played his last Bundesliga game. The 21-year-old German made six assists in the league this season, also registering two in the UEFA Europa League and one in the DfB-Pokal.
Havertz is reportedly the topic of robust interest from Chelsea, with the London side eager to deliver the younger German to the Premier League.
Despite his glorious season as an attacking midfielder, Alexander-Arnold nonetheless outstripped him by a long way.
He’s introduced that he’ll leave Manchester City when European run comes to an end this season, but David Silva has been on the coronary heart of City’s decade of success.
Since his move from Valencia in 2010, Silva has develop into the number one creator on the Etihad, famend for his playmaker talents. Although the Spaniard’s time in Manchester is drawing to a close, he nonetheless managed to safe ten assists this season, all coming in the Premier League.
Not solely has Alexander-Arnold made more assists than Silva this season, but the Liverpool right-back’s numbers up there with some of the best Silva has managed throughout his time in England – El Mago solely bettering the Englishman’s 2019/20 assist tally in two of his ten seasons.
Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son made ten Premier League assists in the 2019/20 season, a career-best for the South Korean although he missed games in the Premier League following two red playing cards and an arm injury.
Son, nonetheless, solely managed to record one additional assist in Spurs’ cup competitions, and that got here in the UEFA Champions League.
Alexander-Arnold has played eight more Premier League games than Son this season and has managed three more assists in the competitors, and 5 more throughout all competitions.
The Premier League champions have had many shining stars in their staff this season, but Sadio Mane has been on the forefront – netting 20 goals this season, off the back of his 22 the season prior.
However, Mane solely registered two assists in 2018/19, both coming in the Premier League. The winger has improved on these figures this season, making 9 goals for his teammates in the Premier League, two in the UEFA Champions League, and one in the FIFA Club World Cup.
As spectacular as the advance to his game has been this season, Mane has nonetheless been topped by Alexander-Arnold, who has registered three more assists in all competitions.
Alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool’s front three are sometimes perceived to be the creators of the staff, making possibilities for one another to score.
Salah has made probably the most assists in all competitions of that notorious front three, ten coming in the Premier League, two in the UEFA Champions League and one in the FIFA Club World Cup. Still lagging behind Trent although.
The German has tormented Bayern Munich’s English opponents in the Champions League this season, scoring 4 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and twice at Stamford Bridge.
Gnabry has made eleven assists in the Bundesliga this season, while also registering one assist every in the UEFA Champions League and the DfB-Pokal.
Even although the right winger has been electrical this season for the German champions, taking part in alongside one of Europe’s hottest strikers in Lewandowski, Alexander-Arnold has nonetheless made two more goals for his own teammates.