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Brennan joins exclusive club with Premier League assists tally

Thu 23 May 2024, 15:30|Tottenham Hotspur

Brennan Johnson joined an exclusive club when he registered his 10th league assist of the season in our 3-0 win at Sheffield United to round off the 2023/24 Premier League campaign.

The Welshman pounced on a loose ball in the box - after Micky van de Ven's goal-bound deflection forced Wes Foderingham into a full-stretch save - before laying it off to Pedro Porro who smashed home to double our lead on 59 minutes.

That assist meant the 23-year-old, who celebrates his birthday today, reached double figures for league assists and finished as our joint-top creator alongside Heung-Min Son, who had earlier reached that same mark by setting up Dejan Kulusevski's opener at Bramall Lane.

Having registered eight goals and three assists in an ever-present first season in the Premier League with Nottingham Forest last term, the Wales international made a deadline day move to Spurs on 1 September 2023 and notched his first assist in our colours in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on 27 October.

Possessing serious pace and a dangerous low-whipped cross, our number 22 has used those assets to great effect this campaign when supplying almost identical assists for Richarlison from the right-hand channel in goals against Everton, Bournemouth and Liverpool.

Playing a versatile role across our front three under Ange Postecoglou, the forward has also shown his threat from the left flank - with assists on his weaker left foot against Palace and away to Manchester City - plus centrally when he supplied Sonny's late winner to cap a game-changing cameo against Luton Town.

His attacking instincts have also led to a total 15 goal involvements (five goals, 10 assists) in 32 appearances this term, getting himself into goalscoring positions to chip in with strikes against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brentford, Brighton, Aston Villa and West Ham United.

Significantly, throughout our constant representation in England's top flight since 1992/93, Brennan's 10th league assist meant that he became only our fourth player to hit that milestone in their maiden campaign at the Club in the Premier League era.

In fact, he was the first such player to achieve this feat since Emmanuel Adebayor did so upon his initial loan move from Man City in 2011/12, enjoying an impressive debut campaign here with 17 goals and 10 assists in 33 league games.

Before the Togo international, you have to go back to the early 1990s and the inaugural Premier League season when Darren Anderton – a fresh acquisition from Portsmouth – supplied 11 assists in 1992/93, and then Jurgen Klinsmann also achieved double figures in 1994/95 during his first spell at White Hart Lane after signing from AS Monaco.