Kevin De Bruyne vs Thierry Henry: Man City star claims he DID break Premier League record


Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne finished the season in style against Norwich City.

The Belgian is one of the leading contenders for the PFA Player of the Year award and did nothing but strengthen his claim for individual gold by delivering a masterclass at the Etihad Stadium.

After Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring against the Canaries, De Bruyne doubled his side's advantage with a stunning curled strike from the left-hand side.

De Bruyne chasing Henry's tally

And by the time City had romped into a 4-0 lead during the closing stages, Pep Guardiola's star man helped himself to a second goal with another belting effort in off the post.

However, goals weren't the currency that football fans were tracking in terms of De Bruyne on the final day because a more important achievement was within his grasps.

That's because De Bruyne was hoping to overthrow the Premier League assists record that Thierry Henry posted during the 2002/03 season by turning provider for 20 Arsenal strikes.


De Bruyne falls short... or did he?

And despite playing against the team that finished rock bottom, De Bruyne fell just short of posting a new record, but he did indeed draw level with Henry by posting a 20th assist of the season.

The former Chelsea man played a gorgeous, incisive pass through the Norwich backline, which Raheem Sterling chased down to slot home for his 20th league goal of the season.

So, De Bruyne 'only' equalled the record then? Well, that's what the history books will say, but that's not what the man himself will say.

The City midfielder revealed after the game - with considerable confidence, we might add - that he believes he DID surpass Henry's tally of 20 and there could be video evidence to prove it.


Was this De Bruyne's 21st assist?

Per talkSPORT, De Bruyne said: "I have got two more. You guys took two away from me. I’m still claiming that one. For me I was already there [level with Henry’s record].”

And one of the key 'assists' that never was came against Arsenal with De Bruyne having provided a sumptuous cross that Sterling converted via a marginal deflection.

So, by the letter of the law, the assist wasn't credited to De Bruyne, but we'll allow you to make up your own minds by checking out the viral footage down below:

De Bruyne was also unlucky to have an assist denied against the same opponents in June when his through-ball ricocheted off David Luiz's thigh.

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

The first one is his assist, surely??? 

Look, I'm an Arsenal fan, I want De Bruyne to outdo Henry as much as I want a punch in the face, but was that deflection really enough for him to have any credit chalked out of the history books?

Not for me. There's never going to be a perfect way to delegate goals or assists, don't get me wrong, but things have gone too far at the point small nicks off defenders are deal-breakers.


In terms of what De Bruyne can do about the situation, if he actually gives a damn, there's certainly a roadmap for this sort of thing with Harry Kane's infamous ghost goal against Stoke City. 

As much as Kane is bantered about that incident, it goes to show that a few interviews and strong statements can indeed get the Premier League to reassess individual goal/assist decisions.

I doubt De Bruyne will go down that route or that the Premier League would change their deflection knit-picking, but let's just say that he wouldn't get the backlash that Kane did. Ok, maybe a little bit.

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