Kicking off this list is Burnley’s Kieran Trippier, whom, despite producing some incredible form over the last eighteen months, is yet to be successfully linked to a Premier League club in the tabloids.
The right-back is one of the most influential figures behind the Turf Moor outfit’s rise to second in the Championship table this season, racking up 13 assists in 33 appearances.
That supplying haul leaves Trippier at the top of the division’s assist charts, after finishing last term with a similar return of 11 assists in 45 league outings – a blaze for form which saw the Clarets defender earn pride of place in the PFA’s Championship Team of the Season. Most impressively, very few of these assists have come from dead ball situations.
The 23 year-old has furthermore averaged an impressive 2.4 tackles, 2.1 interceptions, 3.6 clearances, 2 key passes and 1.7 accurate crosses per match this season.
Trippier, a former England U21, would be an impressive upgrade on the ageing Guy Demel, but his availability to the Hammers will most likely depend on the success of Burnley’s promotion push.