In yesterday's game versus Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich won 4-2. In two of the Bavarians’ four goals, Thomas Müller provided the assist — a phrase said commonly, nowadays. His first came after nice interplay with Kingsley Coman. His second was even better: a pinpoint cross to talisman Robert Lewandowski. With these assists, Muller now has 20 in the Bundesliga this season. Yes, that is two-zero. And, according to the official Bundesliga website, it’s the new all-time assist record in the league for a single season!
The previous record was held by both Kevin De Bruyne and Emil Forsberg, from the 14-15 and 16-17 seasons respectively. However, for both players, assist numbers from these campaigns vary from site to site — for example, some sites say that De Bruyne had 21 assists and Forsberg even had 22.
Even the official Bundesliga website regularly posted conflicting information, writing that the Belgian had 19, 20 or 21 at different times. However, now, according to Alex Chaffer (Bundesliga’s English content manager), the Swede and Belgian both only had 19 assists. This number of 19 was decided after the Bundesliga “had a thorough check” and discovered that “previous numbers (they used) were incorrect.”
Hi Jake, sorry I’m just responding to this now. We’ve had contradicting numbers ourselves and therefore had a thorough check again today and discovered our previous numbers were incorrect.— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) June 6, 2020
The Bundesliga uses Deltatre for their stats. And, for assist figures, the site doesn’t count penalties won as assists. Part of the reason that others’ stats may be higher on different resources. But that doesn’t matter. The fact is that Thomas Müller has now officially (in the Bundesliga’s eyes), recorded the highest assisting season ever in the Bundesliga. Furthermore, Muller still has up to three games left to play this season. Let’s hope he can extend his record even further. He’s been absolutely brilliant so far.