Manchester City forward Kevin De Bruyne says Mesut Ozil’s assists record this season can be beaten although he hints he is not looking to better the Arsenal man personally, the London Evening Standard reports.
Ozil has 16 Premier League assists already this season, including setting a new Arsenal record of having posted at least one assist in as many as seven consecutive league matches.
The German World Cup winner has been a shining light for the Gunners this season, and he is on course to achieve the most ever assists recorded in a single Premier League campaign.
De Bruyne, however, believes the former Real Madrid man can be toppled and called upon his experience of grabbing a remarkable 21 Bundesliga assists for Wolfsburg last season.
“I know Ozil is leading, Last year I had 21. You can quickly get ten or 11 assists in half a season. You can sometimes have six and then seven matches with nothing then a run. For me personally it does not matter,” De Bruyne said, quoted by the LES.
“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.”
De Bruyne has experienced a great start to his City career after joining the club in the summer, scoring five goals and adding a further nine assists in 17 Premier League matches to date.
The return of key striker Sergio Aguero will no doubt boost City’s title hopes, but on a personal note it will also boost De Bruyne’s chances of catching Ozil in the assists stakes.
The duo are rightfully considered among the best players in the league right now, and their roles for their respective teams could play a huge part in the upcoming title race.