PSV wins against Feyenoord thanks to Johan Bakayoko’s thirteenth assist, does he come close to Kevin De Bruyne’s record figures?

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PSV Eindhoven recorded its fourteenth consecutive competition victory in the top match against Feyenoord (1-2). Once again, a prominent role was reserved for 20-year-old Red Devil Johan Bakayoko, who scored his thirteenth assist of the season in all competitions. The pace at which Bakayoko provides assists is not that far off from Kevin De Bruyne in his record season at Manchester City.

He is barely 20 years old and according to his trainer Peter Bosz he can still improve, but he is already oh so decisive for PSV. Red Devil Johan Bakayoko provided his thirteenth assist of the season in the top match in De Kuip: 8 of them in the Eredivisie, 1 in the Champions League and 4 in the Champions League preliminary rounds.

Bakayoko’s assist pace is close to Kevin De Bruyne’s in his record 2022-2023 season. Then De Bruyne had 31 assists to his name at Manchester City at the end of the season, good for one assist every 119 minutes.

Bakayoko has one assist every 139 minutes this season at PSV, but he has had a higher average in the most recent matches. In the Eredivisie he has provided 4 assists in the past 3 matches.

On Sunday afternoon against Feyenoord, Bakayoko provided a nice assist for the opening goal of Ismael Saibari, who grew up in Antwerp, but chose the national team of Morocco. Saibari also scored in the Champions League against Sevilla last week. Olivier Boscagli doubled the score for PSV after 68 minutes, after which Santiago Gimenez made it 2-1. Feyenoord did not go any further. Yorbe Vertessen was allowed to play for an hour with the Eindhoven team, but after his heroic role last week in the Champions League, he was unable to make his mark again.

Saibari scored on a pass from Bakayoko. — © EPA-EFE

An argument to believe that Bakayoko can come close to De Bruyne’s 31 assists: PSV is a class too strong in the Eredivisie. They are already ten points ahead of closest rival Feyenoord and have an impressive goal difference of +44, with 50 goals scored in 14 matches, an average of more than 3.5 goals per match.

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