Here's a look at predicting the Championship leading assist makers come the end of the season
As we enter another brief spell without Championship football, it seems a good time for some more of those predictions based on what we have seen so far. I already have done one of these looking at goalscorers, but this time it’s the turn of those leading providers.
Of course, we have looked at the data here – but also made several judgement calls with the final selections. There is no particular bias here and hopefully, there is something for every different type of Championship football fan.
So, now we have that out of the way, let’s get stuck into it…
1. Luke Freeman (QPR)
QPR starting off the season on fire, but they have now starting to go downhill as they drop down the league table. However, I’m not hugely surprised by this as I predicted the club would decline earlier on in the season.
From this point, it’s hard to say which direction the club will go in. However, they are closer to the relegation zone than the top six – and have now not won for five games. What’s clear though is that attacking midfielder Luke Freeman has been one of the leading players in the Championship so far this season.
In terms of his contribution, he has scored twice and provided four assists along with an average rating of 7.53. QPR may well have been inconsistent but this is one player that looks really good, so could hold the key to their season. From a personal viewpoint, it’s clear that Freeman is in a great position to be the leading Championship assist maker this season.
2. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City)
Hull City have had an interesting season so far, but overall they have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship – and currently, find themselves in the bottom half of the table. However, it’s still early in the season and there is plenty of time to recover their form to compete for the play-offs.
One player that’s form has exceeded that of his team is Kamil Grosicki. In fact, the player was mentioned in one of my previous articles as one of the leading creative players in the Championship so far this season.
In terms of the player’s up to date stats, he has managed to score three goals, provide four assists as well as an average rating of 7.43. Therefore, it’s quite clear that he has an excellent chance of being one of the leading assist makers in the league, irrespective of the exact season that Hull City end up having.
3. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City)
Cardiff City made such a bright start to the season, but many people will have been wondering if their early season form would last. However, the Bluebirds certainly look like they are the real deal as they continue to sit on top of the Championship.
Neil Warnock’s teams are known to play in a certain way – and that’s a direct style of play. A lot of clubs take exception to be labelled as a direct team, but I suspect Cardiff won’t mind too much. This is especially true since they are one of the best long ball teams in the Championship.
There have been a variety of strong contributors to Cardiff’s season so far. Furthermore, left winger David Junior Hoilett has been in exceptional form. In terms of those stats, he has contributed three goals, four assists and an average rating of 7.39. Therefore, he is another one that is a strong contender to be the leading assist maker this season.
4. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City)
Bristol City have been one of the most consistent teams in the Championship so far this season – and have only lost one game. The club are also one of the leading teams in the league for possession – so they are certainly doing well in a number of different areas.
It is still early in the season though and the club will want to keep their excellent form going. One player that gives them an excellent chance of doing just that is winger Jamie Paterson. The 25-year-old has done well in League One in the past – but is now really starting to establish himself as a Championship player.
In terms of those key stats, Paterson has managed two goals, five assists as well as an average rating of 7.35. Therefore, he is actually the leading assist maker in the Championship so far this season. It’s quite clear then, that this player is a real contender to be the most creative in the Championship this season.
5. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town)
Ipswich Town are another one of those clubs that started the season strongly, but they have now started to see some inconsistency coming into their performances. Nevertheless, there are players that continue to make a strong contribution to the club.
As mentioned in an earlier article, Martyn Waghorn is one of those players that is making a significant contribution on the goals front. However, it’s not just about having players to score goals – because it’s also crucial to have ones that can assist them as well.
Jonas Knudsen is a player that does exactly that job for Ipswich. Unlike the other players we have featured, Knudsen plays as a defender – but he has already shown his key attacking contributions as a left back. In terms of those stats, he has provided four assists along with an average rating of 7.28. Therefore, Knudsen could be a surprise contender to be Championship assist maker of the season.
6. Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest)
Nottingham Forest started this season on fire and would have been hoping to establish themselves in the play-offs. However, inconsistency has come into their game now – and they have slipped into the bottom half of the league.
There is still plenty of reason to be optimistic though because the quality of their passing accuracy may still point to a top six finish. It also comes down to individual players, Barrie McKay is one of those that has been making a real impression on the Championship this season.
In terms of those stats, the player has contributed two goals, four assists as well as an average rating of 7.16. The 22-year-old is a new signing at Forest after joining from Rangers this summer – and is a real contender to be the top assist maker in the league this season.
This completes the end of the content section for this article as we predicted the leading assist makers for the Championship this season. So, did we get it right? Or maybe you think there are other players that should be mentioned in this list instead.
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