Critics are scrutinizing Ousmane Dembélé, the winger for Paris Saint-Germain, for his inability to score goals. However, the 26-year-old is excelling as a creator on the squad.
CIES Football Observatory presents the 100 players in the world with the best statistics in creating chances during this 2023-24 season. At the top of the list is Dembélé, who shows that while he may not be scoring goals, he’s contributing to the squad in other aspects.
The Frenchman has averages 2.45 key passes per 90 and is ahead of players such as Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich) and Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Killian Mbappé (PSG) and Moussa Diaby (Aston Villa) in Europe’s top five leagues.
Furthermore, Dembélé is in a six-way tie for the Ligue 1 leader in assists with four. So, anyone labeling this signing a flop isn’t watching the games.
Can he improve and add more goals to his assist tally? Of course, eventually, the goals will come, but there’s no denying now that Dembélé is taking up the creative role left behind by Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.