Mesut Özil may have endured relatively patchy form in 2016, but he’s still become the most creative player in Premier League history following our goalless draw against Sunderland this past Sunday (via Goal).
Özil looked well on course to smash Thierry Henry’s assists record earlier on this season, with the German playmaker running riot during the first half of the campaign. He’s really slowed down during the second half of the season though, and looks set to fall just short of the record unless he can do something in the last few games.
That stats however, suggest Özil’s inability to break the record is more due to his teammates’ poor finishing rather than his creativity, as the chances he created against the Black Cats mean he’s now created more than any other player in the Premier League since Opta began collecting stats.
By the end of the first half he was up to 135 chances created in a single season, miles ahead of his nearest competition Christian Eriksen. He’s surely going to extend that figure in the remaining three games of the season, and he’ll be hoping to get a few assists under his belt too.
Due to the quality we all know the World Cup winner possesses, we perhaps put a little more pressure on him. We look to the likes of Özil and Alexis Sanchez to drive the team forward every game, and when that doesn’t happen we end up disappointed. We know just how creative Özil is though, and the moments of magic he creates are what football is all about.
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It would be great to see him break Henry’s assists record, but unfortunately that doesn’t look like happening at the moment.