By Tom Tibble
Dusan Tadic’s trio of assists during Southampton’s 4-2 victory over Manchester City on Sunday booked the Serbian a place in the record books beside the esteemed company of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Eyal Berkovic.
The 27-year-old became only the fourth player in Premier League history to have supplied three or more assists on two separate occasions after Sadio Mane struck home the winger’s third decisive pass of the afternoon in a convincing Premier League win for Ronald Koeman’s team.
3 – Tadic is only the 4th player to register 3+ assists in a single PL game on more than 1 occasion (Berkovic, Henry, Fabregas). Feeder.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 1, 2016
Chelsea’s Fabregas recorded a similar hat-trick last week when Chelsea defeated Bournemouth 4-1, a statistic which saw the Spaniard become the Premier League’s third highest assist-maker of all time.
However, the 28-year-old’s flurry does not hide his failure to live up to last season’s excellent standards as his current tally of seven Premier League assists is a long way behind last season’s impressive haul of 18.
Mesut Ozil, the Premier League’s top-assister at present with 18 this season, might need a similar spate of form if he hopes to break Henry’s other record of creating the most assists in a single Premier League campaign.
In other Arsenal news, Ozil has some competition for the piece of breathtaking skill that is his trademark.