9. David Silva at Manchester City has created 17 chances in the Premier League this season – scroll through the gallery to see other creative players – Silva has played six Premier League games this season, but is yet to open his goal scoring account. However, he is clearly playing a key role in Pep Guardiola’s midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne. 10 10 10 4. Ross Barkley at Everton has created 20 chances in the Premier League – Toffees fans have often called talkSPORT to criticise their home grown talent, but statistics show he is creating plenty of chances 20 to be precise. The 22-year-old, who scored in the season opener against Tottenham, has started all seven games for Ronald Koeman’s side this season. 4. Dimitri Payet at West Ham is one of four players who has created 20 chances so far – Payet began the campaign on the bench after struggling with injury. He has since started four games for the struggling Hammers, but it cannot be said he is at fault for their league position, as the France international has created an impressive 20 chances. 9. Nathan Redmond at Southampton has also created 17 chances – The England U21 international, who arrived at St Mary’s from Norwich in the summer, has played every minute for the Saints this term. He scored on the opening day of the season and has created 17 chances in total for Claude Puel’s side. 10 8. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has created 18 chances this season – The Chilean has been at the centre of the Gunners’ play so far this term. The 27-year-old already has four goals to his name, but Sanchez has also created 18 chances for his team-mates. 3. Dusan Tadic at Southampton has created 22 chances in the Premier League this season – The influential Serb has started well under Claude Puel this season. The midfielder, 27, has started all of the south coast side’s league games this term and he has so far repaid his manager’s faith by creating 22 chances the third highest in the top tier. 10 10 10 Playmakers are key to success in the modern game.The majority tend to contribute plenty of goals, but their most valuable asset to the team is creating chances.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil laid on 19 assists last term, the highest in the league, and created more than 100 chances as Arsene Wenger’s side finished second in the Premier League.But who is leading the race so far in terms of chances created?Click the right arrow, above, to see from least to most chances created in the 2016/17 Premier League season. 10 4. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has also created 20 chances – The Brazilian star is proving popular at Anfield. Not only is the 25-year-old scoring [four in all club competitions], he is creating opportunities for his team-mates, having played in all seven Premier League games for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds this season. 10 2. Willian at Chelsea has created 23 chances in the Premier League this season – The Brazilian was the stand out player last term in what was a poor season for Chelsea. This season he has quietly gone about his business. The 28-year-old, who has two league goals to his name so far, has created 23 chances in just six starts. 4. Kevin De Bruyne has created 20 chances in the Premier League this season – Pep Guardiola’s side missed the Belgian in the loss at Tottenham. The 25-year-old De Bruyne has netted twice in six Premier League starts, laying on four assists and creating an impressive 20 chances. His inclusion in this list along with David Silva shows how important the midfield duo are to Manchester City. 10 1. Crystal Palace ace Jason Puncheon has created 24 chances in the Premier League this season – This statistic highlights the midfielder’s importance to the Eagles. Alan Pardew’s side have begun well in the new campaign and Puncheon, who has started every game, has played a key role. He is yet to score, instead creating 24 chances to help the Londoners to eighth in the table.