Aaron Wan-Bissaka recorded another assist last night for Manchester United in the 3-0 victory over Brighton.
The pass to play in Mason Greenwood was his fourth assist of the season, and his second in as many Premier League games since the restart.
Reach back to his cross for Anthony Martial against Chelsea, and that is actually three assists in Wan-Bissaka’s last seven Premier League games.
That is good going for a player who had just one assist in the 22 league games prior to this.
Wan-Bissaka now has the third highest number of league assists for United this season, two behind joint leaders Marcus Rashford and Dan James on six. Bruno Fernandes has three in just eight games.
The £50 million signing from Crystal Palace’s attacking ability has been under the spotlight. He is clearly making progress.
Here is a look at several of the big name Premier League stars who have fewer assists than United’s first choice right-back.
These players with fewer assists than Wan-Bissaka include big Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, and Leicester’s James Maddison.
- Ben Chilwell – Leicester (3)
- James Maddison – Leicester (3)
- Mateo Kovacic – Chelsea (3)
- Richarlison – Everton (3)
- Sergio Aguero – Manchester City (3)
- Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace (3)
- Christian Pulisic – Chelsea (2)
- Todd Cantwell – Norwich (2)
- Dani Ceballos – Arsenal (2)
- Lucas Moura – Tottenham (2)
- Mesut Ozil – Arsenal (2)
- Miguel Almiron – Newcastle (2)
- Manuel Lanzini – West Ham (2)
On the right track
Wan-Bissaka looks more confident when he goes forward and he is reaping the benefits of United’s new attacking system, with three lethal goalscorers leading the line.
He has made Graeme Souness’ recent jibe look laughable. The pundit told The Times: “He’s good defensively and one on one, but it’s the other end of the game, which is so important for a full back now, that he’s not so good at, namely getting into the last third and delivering the right ball.”
Since then, Wan-Bissaka has doubled his assist tally for the season, while retaining his status as the Premier League’s most prolific tackler.
There is still scope for Wan-Bissaka to improve, but his progress since the restart has been really encouraging and will fill him with confidence.
Wan-Bissaka may have a few more assists in him yet between now and the end of the season. And who knows, perhaps even his first United goal.
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