first_imgArsenal hero Thierry Henry still holds the Premier League assist record (Picture: Getty)‘Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in 2002-03 still stands to this day but De Bruyne must have his eye on exceeding that total this season. If he doesn’t, he definitely should.’Belgian star De Bruyne provided two assists in Manchester City’s devastating 8-0 victory over Watford on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s defending champions remain five points off league leaders Liverpool, however, after their title rivals beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.On De Bruyne, Redknapp added: ‘On Saturday, he kickstarted City’s rout of Watford by setting up David Silva’s opener with a mesmerising cross towards the back post.‘Like a lot of people, I consider David Beckham to be the Premier League’s best-ever crosser, but De Bruyne is beginning to rival my former England team-mate.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He then set up Bernardo Silva to complete his hat-trick with a drilled ball across the box, taking his tally to seven assists for the season. Then, with the game won, he fancied a goal of his own.‘De Bruyne drilled a shot into the back of the net, confirming the 8-0 win and capping a magnificent performance. City look even better going forward this season than they did in the last.‘After six games in 2018-19, they had 19 goals. Right now, they have 24, so how many more assists can De Bruyne rack up? More than Henry’s 20 for Arsenal?‘As long as he can stay fit, after injuries curtailed his campaign last year, that can certainly be a target for the 28-year-old. De Bruyne is my favourite midfielder to watch in the Premier League right now.’MORE: Frank Lampard tells Tammy Abraham to improve stamina after Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Sep 2019 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Kevin De Bruyne has enjoyed a superb start to the season for Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp has backed Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to break Thierry Henry’s record for the most assists in a Premier League season.Arsenal legend Henry bagged a record 20 assists during the 2002-03 campaign but that figure could be under threat from De Bruyne, who has claimed seven already this term.De Bruyne recorded his best tally of 18 three years ago but former Premier League star Redknapp believes the Man City ace can surpass Henry this term.He told the Daily Mail: ‘In 2017-18, Manchester City were at Southampton on the last day of the season.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was 0-0 and we were deep into stoppage time, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side were set to finish on 98 points, rather than 100.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Then Kevin De Bruyne did what he does best. In the 94th minute, he floated a ball over the top for Gabriel Jesus to chase. The Brazilian scored and City were centurions.‘That saw De Bruyne win the Premier League’s inaugural playmaker award, after providing 16 assists. It was important this accolade was introduced. It shows appreciation for unselfishness.‘It means generosity is recognised and applauded. And that sums up De Bruyne. He is a unique footballer. Most players want to score goals, but he is just as happy setting them up. Advertisement Advertisement Jamie Redknapp backs Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne to break Thierry Henry recordlast_img

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