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Top five players with most chances created in single Premier League season

Published at :March 23, 2023 at 10:40 PM
Modified at :March 24, 2023 at 8:35 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

These footballers created the most opportunities for their teammates

In the current, stat-driven world of football, the statistic "Big Chances" has a big position. It enables the audience to assess a player's effectiveness by studying the calibre of his outbound passes.

A "Big Chance" scenario is one in which the receiver can see the target well and is not under too much strain. Penalties are frequently referred to as "Big Opportunities" since the kicker has a strong chance to score on them. One "Big Opportunity" after another can only be produced by the best playmakers.

Here are the top five footballers with the most chances created in a single Premier League season (stats by Opta, 2003-04 season onwards):

5. 118 - Florent Malouda (10-11)

In 2009–10, Chelsea won the domestic double and scored over a century of goals under Carlo Ancelotti's leadership. However, despite a promising beginning, the west London club struggled to maintain that form the following year.

While a number of well-known players experienced a decline in performance, Florent Malouda remained a steadfast member of Ancelotti's team and one of the division's most inventive players.

4. 119 - Dimitri Payet (15-16)

Dimitri Payet's brief but magnificent stint in the Premier League with West Ham United and left with lots of unforgettable moments. Every so often a player enters the league who just gives box office watching.

Nobody could have predicted the Le Havre product's effect after moving to West Ham, however, the summer acquisition swiftly made him one of the division's most intriguing players. Only two players contributed more than his 12 assists after an astonishing 119 opportunities were converted.

3. 134 - Frank Lampard (08-09)

The best goal-scorer in Chelsea history, Frank Lampard has remembered for his superb midfield goal-scoring abilities and his ability to sneak into dangerous situations.

While Lampard's prolific record may have been his most distinguishing attribute, the midfielder was also a creative force who three times ended as the Premier League's top assist provider, notably during Chelsea's victories in 2005 and 2010.

His most fruitful season in terms of creating opportunities for teammates was the 2008–09 campaign when the former England international gave his teammates 134 chances.

2. 136 - Kevin De Bruyne (19-20)

Following a standout individual season in 2019–20, Kevin De Bruyne, widely considered as the Premier League's top creative player at the moment, ranks second in terms of most key passes in a Premier League season.

After joining Manchester City in the Premier League again in 2015, De Bruyne has established incredibly high creative standards. He became the player to achieve 50 assists the quickest in history and is now among the top five contributors in the league overall. De Bruyne earned the PFA Player of the Year award in 2019–20 when he equalled the Premier League's single-season assist record by contributing 20 assists on the season's amazing 136 chances.

Top five players with most chances created in single Premier League season Mesut Ozil
Top five players with the most chances created in a single Premier League season

1. 146 - Mesut Özil (15-16)

With his stellar 2015–16 season serving as the pinnacle of his Arsenal career, Mesut Ozil leaves the game of football while also maintaining the record for most key passes in one season in the Premier League.

The German's 19 assists earned him a spot on the shortlist for the division's Player of the Year awards, making him a spectacular choice as Arsenal's Player of the Season.

When Ozil turned into the most valuable player in the history of the north London team, this was the kind of campaign that most people anticipated from him. The World Cup winner's creativity was visible as he shredded defences with bits of inventiveness and cleverness. Ozil established an all-time Premier League mark and led the top five leagues in Europe in key passes with 146 during the season, 93 of which came from open play.