Only Fantasy Football give assists for winning penalties.
So, now some suggest winning a penalty is an assist. The flaw in this is that you could win the penalty and step up to score it, thereby assisting yourself. Also, if winning a penalty is an assist, then why not winning the free kick on the edge of the penalty area for a direct free kick goal?
To be fair there's no real definition of an assist. To me it makes sense to not award assists for winning penalties as there's a break in play, it's not a direct assist. Suppose winning a penalty could be classed as an indirect assist.
For me, an assist is a direct pass to the goalscorer, no deflections. For example, the Rooney overhead kick against City, Nani's cross wasn't an assist as it was deflected by the defender. He wasn't trying to deflect it off the defender to get the ball to Rooney so it's not an assist. A lot of people consider an assist to be the last touch by a team mate before the goal.
Never really considered what constitutes an assist before but comes across as difficult to define. I suppose without a definition off a governing body it's up in the air and down to each organisation to choose. Looking at it penalties maybe shouldn't be considered.
Regardless of that Hazard has impressed me a lot in the first couple of games, shame we missed out. Chelsea are going to have to improve their defending a lot to be in with a chance to win the league though. All over the place today.