Who leads the way, after Thomas Müller set a new single-season Bundesliga assist record last term? - © DFL
Who leads the way, after Thomas Müller set a new single-season Bundesliga assist record last term? - © DFL

Thomas Müller, Jadon Sancho and the race to become the 2020/21 Bundesliga's assist king

Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller set a new single-season Bundesliga assist record last term - who's in line to take his crown in 2020/21? bundesliga.com details the runners and riders...

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 12 (11 starts)
Assists: 9
Assists per game: 0.75

Kimmich produced nine assists last season and 14 the one before that, so it's no surprise to see him assuming creative duties once more. The Germany international is now first-choice in his preferred central midfield role - passes for Serge Gnabry and Sane against Schalke showed why.

An injury may have sidelined Kimmich for Matchdays 8 through 12, but, on his return on Matchday 13 against Bayer Leverkusen, he showed that he still had that magic touch. Coming off the bench late in the second half, Kimmich played in Robert Lewandowski who cooly won the match deep into stoppage time.

Kimmich set up Lewandowski again on Matchday 14 for Bayern's first goal as they fought back from 2-0 down to beat Mainz 5-2. He then served up three of four Bayern goals against Schalke on Matchday 18.

Joshua Kimmich has inherited Bayern's No.6 shirt from Thiago Alcantara. - imago

Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 18 (18 starts)
Assists: 9
Assists per game: 0.50

After scoring one and providing another in Bayern's 8-0 thumping of Schalke on Matchday 1, Müller teed up Joshua Kimmich to curl in a beauty from the edge of the box in a 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on Matchday 2 before adding a pair of assists in his side's 4-1 win at Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 4. He also set up David Alaba to score in Der Klassiker against Dortmund on Matchday 7 and then another in a 3-1 win at Stuttgart on Matchday 9.

On Matchday 13, Müller was once again on hand to set up Robert Lewandowski's first goal in a dramatic 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen that sent Bayern top of the league going into the winter break. The 31-year-old was even more influential in the victory over Freiburg on Matchday 16, setting up Lewandowski for opener before getting the winner himself.

Thomas Müller set a new league record with 21 assists in 2019/20, and he has already carried on where he left off this term. - Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 14 (1 starts)
Assists: 8
Assists per game: 0.57

Coman registered his first assist of the campaign in the 5-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 5, and added another against VfB Stuttgart at the end of November. The Frenchman shot up the charts with a hat-trick of assists in the gripping 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig on Matchday 10 and followed it up with back-to-back provisions for Robert Lewandowski against Union Berlin and Wolfsburg. He also teed up David Alaba in the Matchday 18 win at Schalke.

Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Appearances: 12 (11 starts)
Assists: 7
Assists per game: 0.58

Hofmann has been one of Gladbach's chief attacking weapons this season. After several weeks out on the sidelines following defeat to Leverkusen in November 2020, he has found form in early 2021, registering an assist apiece in wins against both Bielefeld and Bayern Munich. He also teed up Nico Elvedi with a free-kick to open the scoring in the Foals' Matchday 18 win over Dortmund.

Jonas Hofmann has been largely unplayable for Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2020/21. - INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 15 (13 starts)
Assists: 6
Assists per game: 0.40

The Portugal international is once again proving to be one of the league's most dangerous defenders in the final third, regularly providing crosses for his teammates from the left-wing. Indeed, he even has more assists than his teammates who play further up the field - including the likes of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard.

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has been one of the main beneficiaries of Raphael Guerreiro’s vision and passing this term. - Alexandre Simoes/BVB/Alexandre Simoes

Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin)

Appearances: 16 (16 starts)
Assists: 6
Assists per game: 0.38

Union captain Trimmel - and leading assist-maker in 2019/20 - provided two goals in his side's 4-0 win over Mainz on Matchday 3, before crossing for Marvin Friedrich to score in a 1-1 draw at Schalke on Matchday 4. He then supplied Grischa Prömel's opener in the 1-1 draw with Bayern on Matchday 11 from a trademark corner, as well as Marvin Friedrich's in the 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 12.

Christopher Trimmel has started where he left off in 2019/20 with assists galore. - City-Press GmbH/City-Press GmbH

Nadiem Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen)

Appearances: 17 (14 starts)
Assists: 6
Assists per game: 0.35

Amiri is developing into a key creative player for Leverkusen this season, following the summer departures of Kai Havert and Kevin Volland. He provided each of his six assists so far across the eight league games prior to the winter break, helping Die Werkself into second place at Christmas.

Nadiem Amiri has shouldered creative responsibility at Bayer Leverkusen this season. - Laci Perenyi via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Laci Perenyi

Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 17 (14 starts)
Assists: 6
Assists per game: 0.35

Kamada continues to live up to his billing as countryman Shinji Kagawa's natural successor. The Japan international's now on six assists for the campaign, thanks to back-to-back efforts against Freiburg and Arminia Bielefeld on Matchdays 17 and 18 respectively.

Daichi Kamada (l.) has become a reliable source of goals in the Eintracht Frankfurt attack. - DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski and Leon Bailey are among a number of players on five assists.

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