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The 10 Winners of the Premier League's New 'Playmaker' Award if it Had Existed for the Past Decade

As revealed this week, the Premier League have announced that there will be a new award added to the end of season accolades; the 'Premier League Playmaker' award. 


Just as the Golden Boot is awarded to the highest goalscorer, the Playmaker award is given to the player with the most assists come the end of the season; Kevin De Bruyne currently leads the way on 15. 


With that in mind, let's take a look back at the best playmakers of the last decade, and who would've won the new award had it been instated from the 2007/08 season...

10. Cesc Fabregas - 17 Assists (2007/08)

The Barcelona academy graduate recorded his best ever assists return for a single Premier League campaign back in 2007/08, helping Arsenal to a third place finish and automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages. 


The Spaniard conjured up 17 killer balls for his teammates to feast upon, with the fact that his numbers went unrewarded with no trophies to show for his efforts a true injustice. 

9. Frank Lampard/Robin van Persie - 10 (2008/09)

If the 'Playmaker' award had existed back in 2008/09, it would've been shared between Frank Lampard and Robin van Persie as both players racked up 10 assists. 


Their efforts were vital in helping Chelsea and Arsenal to third and fourth placed finishes respectively, although neither of them could do enough to stop Manchester United becoming champions. 

8. Frank Lampard - 14 (2009/10)

Chelsea's number 8 continued on from his 2008/09 exploits by recording the most assists for the second successive season. 


Lampard, who is the Blues' all time top scorer, amassed 14 assists for his teammates as they beat Manchester United to the title by a single point. 

7. Nani - 14 (2010/11)

Manchester United's Portuguese winger set up 14 goals on the way to the Red Devils' title success, as Sir Alex Ferguson's men won the league by nine points. 


Nani, in doing so, recorded his own personal best for assists in one Premier League campaign. 

6. David Silva - 15 (2011/12)

Whilst Sergio Aguero's last gasp strike rightly took the majority of the headlines, David Silva's contributions during City's maiden Premier League success should not go unnoticed. 


The former Valencia man registered 15 assists, including one for Edin Dzeko's equaliser in the final day dramatics against QPR at the Etihad; Silva's assists may have been the difference as goal difference proved decisive in the title race. 

5. Juan Mata - 12 (2012/13)

Juan Mata's second season in England saw him top the assist rankings in the Premier League. 


The Spanish midfielder notched 12 for his teammates, helping them to a third place finish as well as success in the Europa League. 


This remains Mata's best assist contribution since he arrived in England. 

4. Steven Gerrard - 13 (2013/14)

Agonisingly for him, Steven Gerrard's 2013/14 season will always be remembered for that iconic slip against Chelsea, but that would be doing the man a disservice. 


Liverpool's captain scored 13 goals as well as registering 13 assists, as his beloved Reds came incredibly close to their first ever Premier League title. 

3. Cesc Fabregas - 18 (2014/15)

After his highly publicised move back to Barcelona didn't go as planned, Cesc Fabregas decided to return to London, this time with Chelsea. 


The move was an excellent decision from the Spaniard as he won a Premier League and Capital One Cup double in his first season. He played a vital role in the Blues' glory, notching an impressive 18 assists. 

2. Mesut Ozil - 19 (2015/16)

The Arsenal and Germany star lived up to his lofty expectations in the 2015/16 season, finishing the campaign just one assist behind Thierry Henry's record of 20 for a single season.


Ozil also set his own Premier League record that season, becoming the first player to record an assist in seven consecutive matches. 

1. Kevin De Bruyne - 18 (2016/17)

The expected winner of this season's inaugural 'Playmaker' award would also have won the title for his effort last season, had the award existed. 


De Bruyne amassed a staggering 18 assists for the Citizens in Pep Guardiola's first season in England, and with four games to go, the Belgian could yet improve on his previous antics in the current campaign; he currently sits on 15.