Manchester City’s summer signing Kevin De Bruyne believes Mesut Özil’s current assist tally is more than catchable, and claims over the next half a season he’s confident in his ability to do so, as reported by The Evening Standard.
Both Özil and De Bruyne have slowed down slightly in the second half of the campaign, after the pair had stellar starts to the season. Özil’s was obviously far superior though, which has consequently seen him absolutely smash the assist charts and blow his competition out of the water.
De Bruyne is obviously capable of great things, as we saw during his time with VfL Wolfsburg last season. It would be a big ask to catch Özil though, especially as we expect the German playmaker to continue assisting as the season goes on. That doesn’t seem like it will deter the Belgian much though.
“I know Ozil is leading, last year I had 21. You can quickly get ten or 11 assists in half a season,” he said.
“You can sometimes have six and then seven matches with nothing then a run. For me personally it does not matter.
“A lot of people look at my statistics. I think I am someone who has created many opportunities. Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes not. So long as I create, I am happy.”
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Özil has been playing arguably the best football of his career this season, and has been wowing fans with his assists, silky skills, and fluid passing. He’s had less of an impact over the last few games, but that has no doubt been in large part due to the struggles of the team as a whole.
With several players on the verge of returning from injury, we should see a much stronger Arsenal side in the coming weeks and months. This will unquestionably serve to benefit Özil, who will not only have top players surrounding him, but will also see the pressure lifted off his shoulders a little.
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The World Cup winner will be key if we want to lift the Premier League title, and if he can replicate his form from the first half of the campaign then it’s hard to see us losing out.