Mesut Ozil will have to take a bow for the new assist king on the throne of European football after helping his club score 13 goals this season in all competitions.

RB Leipzig have taken the German Bundesliga by storm this season, exceeding all expectations as they sit second in the table and on course for a spot in next season’s Champions League.

And the man behind their success is none other than 25-year-old Sweden international Emil Forsberg.

In the top five divisions across Europe, no player has more assists to their name than Forsberg who has laid on 13 goals for his side this term and has also scored eight times himself to finally dethrone Arsenal’s creative genius Ozil as the best playmaker on the continent.

Forsberg holds the defence password in the Bundesliga and it is unbelievable he only cost Leipzig £3.15m when he joined them from Malmo in 2015.

Forsberg’s performances meanwhile have caught the attention of English Premier League side Liverpool who are thought to be lining up a summer bid for the Swede forward though Jurgen Klopp will have his hands full because the player recently signed a new contract in February which keeps him at the Red Bull Arena until 2022.

Behind the Leipzig star in the table, and possibly equally as surprising, is Swansea’s dynamic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson with 11 assists with Kevin De Bruyne and Luis Suarez also laying on the same amount of goals for Manchester City and Barcelona respectively.

While Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, Barcelona forward Neymar, Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos have all provided 10 assists each for their respective clubs to complete the top 10 for most assists by players in Europe’s big five clubs for the 2016/17 season.


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