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Kevin de Bruyne now has as many Premier League assists as Steven Gerrard, he's played 282 games less

Ryan Sidle

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Kevin de Bruyne now has as many Premier League assists as Steven Gerrard, he's played 282 games less

Kevin de Bruyne has equalled Steven Gerrard's record for Premier League assists, and he's done it in an incredible amount of fewer games than the Liverpool legend.

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Manchester City continued their undefeated start to the season on Saturday afternoon, as they easily breezed past Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 3-0 win.

The game was pretty much over as a contest as soon as it began, with Jack Grealish getting past some recent criticism to open the scoring after just 55 seconds.

Grealish was played in perfectly by De Bruyne, following a lovely back heeled pass from Phil Foden, which brought up the Beligan's 91st assist in England's top tier.

Erling Haaland inevitably got himself on scoresheet, with a goal from outside of the box, in the 16th minute, and the game was all but over before half time, as Nathan Collins was sent off.

Foden got himself a goal in the second half, with De Bruyne once again producing an overlapping run before crossing for the goal, getting his 92nd assist.

That put him level with Aston Villa boss Gerrard, who played most of his career in the league, and needed 504 games to get his 92 assists.

De Bruyne has now done it in 217 games, or 287 appearances less than Gerrard, which is just a ridiculous achievement in such a short amount of games.

The only thing that was strange from City's win was De Bruyne not assisting Haaland, with the two men already being a dangerous duo for Pep Guardiola's side.

They showed that the other week as the former Chelsea midfielder set up his new teammate with a perfect ball, during the draw with Aston Villa.

De Bruyne only played three league games for his former English side, at Stamford Bridge, but this week was mentioned by Todd Boehly accidentally as a youth academy graduate.

The Blues' new owner, who was heavily criticised for his All Star game idea, was talking up his team's academy and wrongly named the 31-year-old and Mohamed Salah as players who came through at Cobham.

Whilst it feels like the former Wolfsburg man has no equal at the moment, Brentford manager Thomas Frank said this week that he believes Martin Odegaard isn't far off the City man.

Talking up Arsenal, and his team's chances against them, Frank said, "I think they’ve been fantastic.

"I think the players are growing, they’ve got the right players in.

"I know [William] Saliba came back, [Gabriel] Jesus has been a fantastic signing, and I think [Martin] Odegaard, the way he plays at this moment in time, [Kevin] De Bruyne is a decent player, but he’s not far off him in terms of performances."

SPORTbible Stories is the brand-new podcast from the SPORT team at LADbible. The first episode features a chat with former Burnley manager Sean Dyche as he opens up on his departure from Turf Moor, what the future holds and the amazing story of the spin wheel for fines while in charge of the Clarets. You can watch the first episode here.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League, Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne, Steven Gerrard, Liverpool

Ryan Sidle
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