Confirmed: Harry Maguire is the Premier League’s most creative centre-back

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Based on data compiled by The Athletic, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is the most creative centre-back in the Premier League this season.

The Athletic factored in those occasions when a player makes a pass in a move leading to their team scoring.

The data claims on 11 occasions this season, Maguire has been involved in attacks that produced goals.

In addition, he has scored twice himself and provided one assist, placing him alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Harvey Barnes and Timo Werner in this particular list, which excludes penalties.

Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof has played a part in moves leading to 10 goals, while scoring once and making one assist.

The other central defenders with the next highest totals in this regard are Manchester City centre-back Ruben Dias with 11 goal involvements but no goal or assists, and City team-mate John Stones who has seven, with two goals and no assists.

Further down, Michael Keane has five goal involvements plus three goals and one assist (that flick-on to Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Old Trafford) for Everton. Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate has eight goal involvements, one goal, zero assists.