For all the talk of tactics, systems and super-managers that has accompanied the Premier League since the likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola arrived in England, sometimes successful football can be reduced to something as simple as a partnership – an almost telepathic bond between two players.
We used to see it frequently during the days of little-and-large strike-forces and although 4-4-2 now appears to be long gone with the exception of Leicester City, there are still vibrant partnerships on the pitch, albeit a little less obvious to spot.
And so far this season, no partnership has proved more proficient than Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata according to data courtesy of EA SPORTS. The Spanish duo may line up in completely different departments, but the former has supplied the latter five times in the Premier League this term – the most frequent rate of any pair in the division.
Following closely behind them is another defender-striker pairing in Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane, the right-back assisting the centre-forward on four occasions. Manchester City, meanwhile, have six different combinations on two goals apiece.
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.