They are the players that get all the glory. They are also the players that get the majority of the pressure and the blame when things are going badly.
They have one primary job, to score goals. Of course we are talking about strikers and I am going to look at the best ten of the Premiership this season:
Newcastle United’s January signing has been an absolute revelation in the Premier League this season. In the 11 games he has started he has 13 goals. He scores a goal on average every 72 minutes. He also has the best shot accuracy in the league this season with 65% of his shots being on target.
It seems the old adage of making sure your shot is on target and making the keeper work really is key, it really seems to work for Cisse. A statistic which goes hand in hand with shots on target is chance conversion, which Cisse also tops with a rate of 42% of chances ending up in the net. His clear cut chance conversion is also impressive with 57% of clear cut chances ending in goals.
Another January signing who has done great things for his club this season. Everton’s £5m signing from Rangers has scored 8 goals in 8 starts. He has an impressive goal rate second only to Cisse with a goal every 98 minutes. His shot accuracy is 58% with a chance conversion of 31%. His rate from clear cut chances is also high at 40%.
The statistic I really think tells you everything you need to know about Jelavic as a striker is his percentage of goals via clear cut chances, which is 25%. This means only a quarter of his goals have been laid on a plate for him by teammates, three quarters of his goals he created himself.
Robin Van Persie
No best strikers list would be complete without the Arsenal hit-man who has scored more goals than anyone in the Premiership this season, with 28 goals in his 35 starts. It would surprise few to discover that the Dutchman has had more shots than anyone this season with 132, and more shots on target than anyone with 76.
He also is joint second with an average of a shot every 24 minutes, behind only Liverpool’s Suarez who’s statistics for shots off target are the worst out of the strikers compared. Van Persie is consistently good with a shot accuracy of 58%, a shot on target every 42 minutes and a clear cut chance conversion of 45%. Unsurprisingly in a team like Arsenal 68% of his goals have come from clear cut chances created by teammates.
Second only to Van Persie for total goals this season, the Manchester United striker has 26 goals in 30 games started. Rooney is second only to Van Persie with total shots of 111 and 67 total shots on target. He tops the list with a shot on target every 40 minutes. His shot accuracy is second only to Cisse with an accuracy of 60%.
The surprising statistic is his goals via clear cut chances. With all the penalties the United striker has scored only 65% of his goals have come from clear cut chances, which is around average. Interestingly all of Emmanuel Adebayor’s 15 goals this season have come from clear cut chances in comparison.
Manchester City’s prolific striker is third in the total goals chart with 22 goals in 29 Premiership starts. However his shot accuracy is not as impressive as some other names on the list with a shot accuracy of 48%. His clear cut chance conversion is also just under half with 48% and most surprisingly in a team with the talents of Manchester City only 59% of his goals were handed to him on a plate.
Despite goals seemingly drying up somewhat since the arrival of Cisse the Newcastle striker still makes my list. He is still joined fourth in the goal scoring tables with 16 goals in 30 games started. His shooting accuracy is high with 57% of shots on target and he is clinical with 56% of clear cut chances ending in goals.
Maybe a controversial choice for many but the City striker’s statistics speak for themselves. He has 13 goals in just 14 games started, and over 1000 less minutes played than Aguero. He manages a goal every 101 minutes, behind only Cisse and Jalevic. His conversion of chances is good at 25% and this rises to 40% with clear cut chances.
The Norwich striker has done well this term with 13 goals in 22 starts. His shot accuracy is good at 55% and he has a good chance conversion rate of 22%. Unsurprisingly in a arguably less technically gifted side he has had to develop a lot of his goals himself with only 31% of his goals coming from clear cut chances.
With Blackburn’s relegation it would be easy to miss the effect Yakubu’s talents have had this season. He has 16 goals in 27 starts this season. His shot accuracy is impressive at 54% and he is clinical in front of goal with 54% of clear cut chances being converted. 88% of his goals have been laid on for him, but to be fair being in the right place to finish off chances when they come should not really be a negative.
Another striker from a relegated club. Fletcher has 11 goals in 25 games started. His shooting accuracy is nothing special at 45% and his chance conversion is average at 18%. However where he really shines is when he has a clear cut chance as he manages a conversion rate of 70%. This is second only to Frank Lampard, whose statistics are influenced by the fact he takes Chelsea’s penalties.
I have to give a special mention to Rafael van der Vaart who just missed out on the top ten but has a shooting accuracy of 63% which is just less than than of Cisse, which is incredible when you take into account he has played 15 more games.
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