AFC Bournemouth duo Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have already set a new record for a 38 game Premier League season, but a full Premier League record could be on the cards if the pair can combine for two more goals during the final two games of the season.
Against Southampton on Saturday, Ryan Fraser claimed an assist for Callum Wilson. It was the Scotland internationals 13th assist of the campaign, pushing him to the top of the playmaker charts this season.
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Wilson netted his 13th goal of the season, moving him to 22 goals either scored or assisted this season, a tally that no player outside of the “big six” have achieved this season.
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But it was also the 12th time that Wilson and Fraser have combined, with 7 of Wilson’s goals coming from Fraser assists and 5 of Fraser’s goals previously coming via Wilson.
During the first three seasons of the Premier League, there were 22 teams in the top flight of English football and a full campaign consisted of 42 games.
In 1995/96 that dropped to the current format of 20 teams and 38 games.
The previous record in this format was the combination of Alan Shearer and Mike Newell from that season, who scored a combined 11 goals.
Wilson and Fraser now have their sights firmly set on the infamous SAS partnership of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton from the 1994/95 season. One more goal and that record will be equalled but in fewer games, two goals would surpass it.
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe speaking to the Daily Echo earlier this month said…
“…It’s a strange mix really because usually you see that passing ratio or that link between two players who are playing next to each other or forming a partnership.
“But they’re of course on slightly different parts of the pitch. But they seem to have this understanding and this belief that they can find each other, sometimes without even looking.
“It’s strange how it’s adapted.
“I’m not taking any credit for it. The two players deserve all the recognition because the statistics are very, very strong…”