If Kevin de Bruyne is the Premier League King of Assits, then Bukayo Saka is the Prince.
It might have been a quiet start to the season for Arsenal’s Star Boy, but he is starting to come to the boil.
Only de Bruyne has more assists this season than Saka as the Englishman has become a key creative outlet for Arsenal.
After 7 Premier League assists last season, Saka already has 4 this. A clear indication that he is becoming more influential in the build up.
It is crazy to think that he only turned 21-years-old a couple of weeks ago – and only Cesc Fabregas has more goal involvements at the same age.
It is perhaps a sign of how much better we are compared to last year that Saka’s performances have gone unnoticed.
Whilst last season, he was our go-to man. We heavily relied on him to create, score, win games.
Now we have the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odergaard and Fabio Vieira stepping up. The improvement of others makes it appear that Saka has gone backwards.
But a quick look at his WhoScored ranking shows he is performing better this season than last.
Last season he had an average PL rating of 7.06. This season his performances average 7.33.
In 2021/22 his 7.06 was enough for him to be our highest rated player on WhoScored.
This season his 7.33 has him 4th (Jesus, Martinelli and Odergaard ahead of him).
The team improving will force Saka to remain focused and continue improving.
If he finishes with a 7.33 ranking and is our 4th best player, it will mean we have had a very good season.
It won’t be long until the Prince of Assists becomes the King of the Premier League.