Eight assists, that’s the number that’s got Nice player midfielder Jean Seri to the top of the assists table across Europe’s top five leagues. Not Andres Iniesta, not Kevin De Bruyne and not Mesut Ozil. Jean Seri.
The Ivorian has been an instrumental figure in getting Nice to the top of the French league, 90min reports. The south coasters currently sit just one point ahead of PSG, the Ligue 1 champions for the past 4 seasons.
His latest assist came in a 1-0 away win against Guingamp, where he provided the ball for Younes Belhanda to score the only goal of the game.
This is Seri’s second season at the French club after moving from Portuguese outfit Pacos Ferreira, for a meagre £850k, and what a signing he’s turned out to be – averaging one assist for just under every three chances created, as reported by Squawka.
It seems that the south of France is the place to be right now, as summer signing Mario Balotelli’s return of 7 goals in 8 games has proved his best since his 2013/14 season in Milan.
Apparent assist machine Mesut Özil has only been able to rack up just the one assist in the Premier League so far this term, while City’s Kevin De Bruyne has seven, just one behind Neri.
Balotelli and Seri have been huge factors in Nice’s fantastic half-season and manager Lucien Favre will be looking to motivate his players to kick on and continue their fine form in the second half of the campaign, in the hope of securing their fifth French top flight title.