Kevin De Bruyne: Nine Players Who Got Four Assists in a Single Game After Luton Heroics

Kevin De Bruyne: Nine Players Who Got Four Assists in a Single Game After Luton Heroics

Martin Moses
updated at February 28, 2024 at 7:53 AM
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  • Kevin De Bruyne bagged four assists in a single game during the FA Cup
  • Dennis Bergkamp was the first Premier League player to achieve this feat
  • Sports Brief looks at all the EPL players who followed Bergkamp's path

Getting assists in a football match is not as easy as it looks, as it entirely depends on the finishing prowess of your teammates.

You can put in brilliant crosses all day long, but as long as your teammate is wasteful in front of goal, it will never count.

This is possibly why Kevin de Bruyne constantly thanks the heavens for having such a world-class striker in Erling Haaland at his disposal.

Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor, Dennis Bergkamp, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, Dusan Tadic,
Kevin De Bruyne celebrates with Erling Haaland during Manchester City's FA Cup match against Luton Town. Photo by Shaun Botterill.
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On February 27, the duo ran riot at Kenilworth Road, with Haaland scoring five goals in the FA Cup tie.

Of the five goals, De Bruyne set up four to further rubberstamp his authority as one of the best playmakers the division has ever seen.

Players who have four assists in a single game

The fete was achieved in a cup competition, but herein, Sports Brief walks you through the players who did it in the Premier League.

1. Dennis Berkgamp (Arsenal) vs Leicester (1999)

Dennis Berkgamp is undoubtedly one of the greatest Dutch players to grace the Premier League, and Leicester City fans will quickly concur.

Two years after getting a hat-trick against the Foxes, Berkgamp turned provider, setting up a quartet of goals, two each for Nicolas Anelka and Ray Parlour, as the Gunners ran out 5-0 victors.

2. Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal) vs Middlesbrough (2006)

It took seven years for another player to match Bergkamp's fete. Antonio Reyes and Thierry Henry were the main brains behind the 7-0 thrashing Boro received.

Reyes, who passed on in 2019, set up two of the three goals Henry scored while his corner kick was met by Philippe Senderos. His fourth assist was rather fortunate as the ball ricocheted off him for Alexander Hleb to score.

3. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) vs Blackburn Rovers (2009)

If this was a competition, Arsenal would have won it already. Cesc Fabregas assisted four times and scored once in the 6-2 rout over Blackburn.

His goal was a sweet volley in the second half, while his assists benefitted Thomas Vermaelen, Robin Van Persie, Andrey Arshavin, and Theo Walcott.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) vs Newcastle (2012)

Emmanuel Adebayor has Arsenal roots, but he achieved this milestone while donning the Spurs shirt. The striker turned provider, scoring once and setting up four others in the 5-0 win over the Magpies.

The Togolese striker helped Louis Saha to a brace on his debut before laying passes to Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar.

5. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) vs Wigan (2013)

Arsene Wenger really created monsters of creators, huh? A terrible Achilles injury nearly derailed his career, but in his prime and full fitness, Cazorla was unstoppable.

Against Wigan, he set up Lukas Podolski twice and once each for Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. The assist for Rasmey was potentially offside, but given that VAR had not yet been introduced, the goal counted.

6. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) vs Sunderland (2014)

It is refreshing to have a player out of the proverbial top-sic clubs make the list. Sunderland's performance on that day ranks highly as one of the worst team performances in Premier League history, and Tadic played a huge role.

The Saints beat their opponents 8-0, but get this: they scored three own goals. Tadic assisted Jark Cork and scored one of his own before assisting Graziano Pelle, Victor Wanyama, and Sadio Mane.

7. Harry Kane (Tottenham) vs Southampton (2020)

It took six years for another player to get on this list, and this time, Southampton were on the receiving end. Harry Kane is one of the most technically gifted strikers who can create and finish chances.

Kane's relationship with Heung-min Son hit a new level, with the Englishman setting up all four goals his teammate scored. The Three Lions captain bagged one himself in the 5-2 win.

8. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) vs Leeds United (2021)

Paul Pogba might have had issues in the past few months, but on his good days, he wreaked havoc. On the opening day of the 2021/2022 season, the Frenchman conjured four assists as they started their campaign with a 6-2 win over Leeds.

He set up Bruno Fernandes twice and also laid passes to Mason Greenwood and Fred as the Red Devils comfortably won the Pennines derby.

9. Jeremy Doku (Manchester City) vs Bournemouth (2023)

The last inductee on the Premier League front was Jeremy Doku in his debut season at the Etihad. The Belgian started the scoring himself before assisting Bernando Silva twice, as well as Manuel Akanji and Phil Foden once each.

Erling Haaland's highest-scoring games

Sports Brief has also compiled a list of the highest-scoring games of Erling Haaland after his five-goal outing against Luton Town on February 27.

After an impeccable debut season that saw him score 52 goals in his first 53 appearances, the Norwegian striker has continued the same trend.

This isn't the first time Haaland scored such a ridiculous number in a single game, with that being when he got nine goals past Honduras in 2019.

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