Two Newcastle players feature in a list of the top Championship stars when it comes to assists.
No surprise that it is Jonjo Shelvey having only one other second tier player ahead of him, the Newcastle playmaker with seven assists so far in the league this season.
Indeed, with the United midfielder’s range of passing, he is effectively worth far more than that basic figure of seven assists. As we saw on Saturday with his brilliant 60 yard pinpoint ball to DeAndre Yedlin, Shelvey creates goals without necessarily getting that very final touch before the goalscorer (Murphy in this case).
Interesting to see Barnsley’s Conor Hourihane at the very top of the assists table by some distance.
With six goals of his own, some Newcastle fans had put up Hourihane’s name as a potential Newcastle target in this window but he is set to sign for Aston Villa any time soon.
The Barnsley star actually started off with Sunderland in their youth set-up and has been a regular goal scorer/maker since ending up in South Yorkshire, the last two seasons saw him get into double figures when it came to goals in League One, an impressive return for a midfielder albeit at a lower level.
As top and second top highest scorers in the Championship with 54 and 46 goals respectively, no surprise to see both Newcastle and Barnsley with two players each in the assists top five.
In Newcastle’s case it is Matt Ritchie who stands (joint) fifth with six assists, his form returning in recent games and four goals in his last two games evidence of that.
With 10 goals (all competitions) and six Championship assists, Ritchie is once again looking like the player who was outstanding for Bournemouth when they went up as Champions in 2014/15, that season saw the Scottish international winger get a remarkable 15 goals and 17 assists.
Top Championship Players for Assists (compiled by Daily Star)
11 Conor Hourihane (Barnsley)
7 Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
7 Marley Watkins (Barnsley)
7 Tommy Smith (Huddersfield)
6 Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)
6 Paul Gallagher (Preston)