Assist/Goalscorer Combinations

Best EPL Partnerships

It is often said that certain players are on the same wavelength, but have there been any examples of this so far in the 2011-12 Premier League season?

In order to find out I have been through every goal netted in the current top-flight campaign, identifying both the scorer and assistor. I have then produced tables on a club-by-club basis that highlight all combinations that have been responsible for more than just a single goal:

Arsenal
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Gervinho van Persie 4 - - - 4
Walcott van Persie 3 - - - 3
Arteta van Persie 1 van Persie Arteta 1 2
Song Ramsey 1 Ramsey Song 1 2
  • The four goals that Gervinho has layed on for Robin van Persie can only be matched by the four that Gabriel Agbonlahor has created for Darren Bent at Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Agbonlahor Bent 4 - - - 4
Bannan Agbonlahor 2 Agbonlahor Bannan 1 3
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has been involved in all the goals scored by Aston Villa in which the two players combining have done so more than once
Blackburn Rovers
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Nzonzi Yakubu 2 - - - 2
Pedersen Hoilett 1 Hoilett Pedersen 1 2
  • No pairing have combined for more than two goals at Blackburn
Bolton Wanderers
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Klasnic Eagles 2 - - - 2
Eagles Own Goal 2 - - - 2
K Davies Klasnic 1 Klasnic K Davies 1 2
Muamba Klasnic 1 Klasnic Muamba 1 2
  • Chris Eagles has managed to set up two own goals this season
Chelsea
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Mata Sturridge 2 - - - 2
Lampard Terry 2 - - - 2
  • Despite scoring 28 times this term, only two pairings have combined for more than a single goal for Chelsea
Everton
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Rodwell Drenthe 1 Drenthe Rodwell 1 2
Jagielka Baines 1 Baines Jagielka 1 2
  • It is interesting to note that the combination between defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines ranks equal first on the chart for Everton
Fulham
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Dempsey Zamora 2 Zamora Dempsey 2 4
Murphy Zamora 1 Zamora Murphy 1 2
Murphy Johnson 1 Johnson Murphy 1 2
  • The 50/50 split between scoring and assisting in the Clint Dempsey/Bobby Zamora combination is the most even distribution within any partnership that has accounted for four goals
Liverpool
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Adam Own Goal 2 - - - 2
Adam Suarez 1 Suarez Adam 1 2
  • Charlie Adam has managed to set up two own goals this season
Manchester City
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Silva Aguero 3 Aguero Silva 1 4
Richards Aguero 3 Aguero Richards 1 4
Dzeko Silva 2 Silva Dzeko 1 3
Nasri Aguero 2 - - - 2
Nasri Dzeko 2 - - - 2
Milner Dzeko 2 - - - 2
Milner Balotelli 2 - - - 2
Y Toure A Johnson 2 - - - 2
Dzeko Aguero 1 Aguero Dzeko 1 2
Barry Milner 1 Milner Barry 1 2
  • Whilst no other team has managed more than four different multiple goalscorer combinations, Manchester City have weighed in with ten
Manchester United
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Young Rooney 3 - - - 3
Nani Rooney 2 Rooney Nani 1 3
Jones Rooney 2 - - - 2
Anderson Welbeck 1 Welbeck Anderson 1 2
  • Wayne Rooney has featured in three of these four multi-goal combinations for Manchester United
Newcastle United
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Best Ba 3 Ba Best 1 4
No Assist R Taylor 2 - - - 2
  • Ryan Taylor has helped himself to a couple of unassisted goals
Norwich City
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Tierney Morison 2 - - - 2
No Assist Holt 2 - - - 2
Morison Pilkington 2 - - - 2
Pilkington Holt 1 Holt Pilkington 1 2
  • Steve Morison, Grant Holt and Anthony Pilkington have each been involved in two separate two-goal combinations
Queens Park Rangers
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Mackie Young 2 - - - 2
Bothroyd Helguson 1 Helguson Bothroyd 1 2
  • The Jamie Mackie/Luke Young combination has struck in each of the last two Q.P.R. matches
Stoke City
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Crouch Walters 2 Walters Crouch 1 3
  • Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch are the only two Stoke players to have combined for more than a single goal
Sunderland
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Sessegnon Larsson 1 Larsson Sessegnon 1 2
  • Sebastian Larsson and Stephane Sessegnon are the only two Sunderland players to have combined for more than a single goal
Swansea City
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Allen Graham 1 Graham Allen 1 2
  • Danny Graham and Joe Allen are the only two Swansea players to have combined for more than a single goal
Tottenham Hotspur
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Lennon Bale 3 Bale Lennon 1 4
Bale Adebayor 3 - - - 3
Adebayor van der Vaart 3 - - - 3
Adebayor Defoe 2 Defoe Adebayor 1 3
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has featured in three of these four multi-goal combinations for Tottenham
West Bromwich Albion
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
  • No West Bromwich Albion players have combined for more than a single goal this season
Wigan Athletic
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
  • No Wigan Athletic players have combined for more than a single goal this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Assist Goal Number Assist Goal Number Total
Doyle O'Hara 2 - - - 2
  • Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Doyle are the only two Wolves players to have combined for more than a single goal

Thoughts

It would appear that potent combinations are hard to find, with no two individuals linking up for more than four goals. Several players have been involved in separate multi-goal combinations, with the following seven top-flight stars featuring in at least three different partnerships:

Robin van Persie (Arsenal) - 3

Ivan Klasnic (Bolton) - 3

Sergio Aguero (Man City) - 4

Edin Dzeko (Man City) - 4

James Milner (Man City) - 3

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) - 3

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) - 3

Ivan Klasnic is the standout performer in this list as he is the only person not representing a club that currently sits in the top seven of the Premier League table. Special mention should also be given to James Milner, given that he is the only non-forward in this select grouping.

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One Comment

  1. g00nerwin
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Great breakdown. Liverpool one is very interesting. Looks like a few more lucrative partnerships needed to be formed in that team. Maybe Bellamy and Suarez will start to come good?

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