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
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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...

Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 26 (25 starts)
Assists: 16
Assists per game: 0.62

The Bayern veteran is ahead of the pack once again this term, and got his latest assist on Matchday 28, laying the ball off for Jamal Musiala to open the scoring in the 1-1 draw against Union Berlin.

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

Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 24 (23 starts)
Assists: 11
Assists per game: 0.46

After assisting one goal across his first nine appearances of the campaign, Kostic has set up 10 goals in 14 outings since the turn of the year. His latest sealed a late 2-1 win away to top-four rivals Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 27.

Filip Kostic has been on fire since the start of 2021. - Jan Huebner via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Jan Huebner

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 21 (19 starts)
Assists: 10
Assists per game: 0.48

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. He's already in double figures for this campaign, despite missing seven games, including a hat-trick of set-ups against Schalke on Matchday 18. His most recent was for Jerome Boateng for Bayern's opener in the 4-1 win over Hoffenheim.

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

Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Appearances: 19 (17 starts)
Assists: 10
Assists per game: 0.52

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. He also teed up Nico Elvedi with a free-kick to open the scoring in the Foals' Matchday 18 win over Dortmund and set up Alassane Plea for the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Union Berlin on MD19. Hofmann then assited Stindl's 10th and 11th goals of the season in wins over Mainz and Schalke.

Jonas Hofmann is enjoying career-best form for Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2020/21. - INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Appearances: 26 (21 starts)
Assists: 10
Assists per game: 0.38

Kamada continues to live up to his billing as countryman Shinji Kagawa's natural successor. The Japan international is now on 10 assists for the campaign, including his latest for Andre Silva in the victory over Wolfsburg on Matchday 28.

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

Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 23 (19 starts)
Assists: 9
Assists per game: 0.39

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 moved on to nine for the season by sliding in Gnabry for their side's fourth against Hoffenheim.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 20 (16 starts)
Assists: 9
Assists per game: 0.45

Sancho set up a Goal of the Season contender from Erling Haaland in the 4-0 win at Schalke on Matchday 22, as well as the opener against Arminia Bielefeld the following week. Six of his nine have in fact been for the Norwegian striker.

Borna Sosa (VfB Stuttgart)

Appearances: 23 (22 starts)
Assists: 9
Assists per game: 0.39

Sosa's eight assists have all come since Matchday 11, including two in the Matchday 23 drubbing of Schalke. He teed up Sasa Kalajdzic yet again on Matchday 28 in the 3-2 defeat at home to Dortmund.

Borna Sosa (l.) has become a real weapon from open and set-plays for VfB Stuttgart. - Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 26 (15 starts)
Assists: 9
Assists per game: 0.36

Sane is proving increasingly effective in his first season for Bayern, and registered his ninth assist of the campaign when he set up Serge Gnabry to score against Stuttgart on Matchday 26.

Leroy Sane (r.) is becoming increasingly effective for Bayern Munich in 2020/21. - Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Sven Simon

Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 22 (20 starts)
Assists: 8
Assists per game: 0.36

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 and Thorgan Hazard, while he moved level with Sancho by setting up Moukoko in a 2-1 defeat at Freiburg on Matchday 20.

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

Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig)

Appearances: 28 (22 starts)
Assists: 8
Assists per game: 0.30

Olmo registered his eighth assist of the season in a vital 1-0 win away to Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 26, teeing up Marcel Sabitzer for the only goal of the game. He's also produced a brace of assists on two separate occasions.

Dani Olmo is thriving in the playmaker role at RB Leipzig. - Roger Petzsche via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Picture Point LE

Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)

Appearances: 25 (24 starts)
Assists: 7
Assists per game: 0.28

The Frenchman's pace has been one of Leverkusen's secret weapons this season, and he showed just why on Matchday 21 with a fine assist for Lucas Alario against Mainz - his seventh of the season.

Catch him if you can: Moussa Diaby has combined pace with crossing to deadly effect for Bayer Leverkusen this season. - imago images / Moritz Müller

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

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