Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller leads the way for the most assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season, having registered four more than any other player so far.
Muller, 32, has helped Bayern establish a nine-point lead at the Bundesliga summit, with Julian Nagelsmann‘s men moving well clear of rivals Borussia Dortmund after taking 43 points from a possible 51.
The Germany legend has recorded 13 assists for Nagelsmann’s table toppers in the 2021/22 campaign, which makes him Europe’s assist king heading into the new year.
Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller leads the way for the most assists in Europe’s top five leagues
His tally is four more than that of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who sits second in the list after registering nine assists for the Merseyside club this term.
Four players are tied in third place; as Rayo Vallecano’s Oscar Trejo, Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe have all produced eight assists.
Another four then make up the rest of the list; with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Inter Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu and Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric assisting seven times so far.
Mohamed Salah is second in the list after recording nine assists for Liverpool
PSG star Kylian Mbappe also features in the top 10 after registering eight assists this term
But it is Muller who leads the pack heading into 2022, and it’s fair to say 2021 has been quite the year for him.
In the calendar year he has created a total of 124 chances for Bayern, a figure which has only been topped by Man United midfielder Bruno Fernandes (129).
He is out on his own in terms of assists this year, nevertheless, having recorded 23 for the German champions.
Muller also reached a milestone before heading off for the winter break, marking his 400th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern with a goal in their 4-0 win over Wolfsburg last week.
|1. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)||13|
|2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)||9|
|3=. Oscar Trejo (Rayo Vallecano)||8|
|3=. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)||8|
|3=. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)||8|
|3=. Kylian Mbappe (PSG)||8|
|7=. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)||7|
|7=. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)||7|
|7=. Hakan Calhanoglu (Inter Milan)||7|
|7=. Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)||7|
And in typical Muller style, he also teed up Dayot Upamecano to better his impressive assist record and double Bayern’s lead on the day.
Nagelsmann is well aware of the quality of player at his disposal, though he believes Muller sometimes tries to do ‘too much’ on the pitch.
‘(Muller) is a very important player, especially when the stadium is empty, his emotionality has a special task,’ the Bayern manager said.
‘He always wants to win the ball, but there are always moments when he wants too much. The coaching staff has to coach him a little better.’
When asked how much longer Muller could play for, Nagelsmann said: ‘He’ll manage two to four more years. We make sure that he gets his breaks.
‘Of course, that doesn’t always go down well with the fans.’