As you may be aware by I now I have been looking at just how efficient teams are in front of goal this season, that has been my project over the last month or so but I have also been keeping an eye on some other topics, one of them being a striker’s contribution to his club. Namely whether Tottenham truly are the Harry Kane team or not.
A fortnight ago I analysed the data after 11 weeks of the Premier League season and it is time to revisit the goalscoring charts to see just how things have changed with an additional two fixtures played.
As always thanks to whoscored
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Here you can see the top 10 goalscorers in the Premier League at present and their is a new name at the top with Mohamed Salah now top of the tree with 12 goals to his name, now two goals clear of Harry Kane who is the only other player to be in double figures.
The Egyptian has scored five goals in his three Premier League matches while Kane has had to make do with two in the same time period. Whether Salah is going through a purple patch right will have to wait and see but there is no denying he is in the form Premier League player at the moment.
The race for the Golden Boot is still in it’s opening laps with two thirds of the season left to go but the top 10 has stretched out slightly with five goals separating Salah and a trio of names on seven goals. One that includes a new entrant Wayne Rooney after his hat-trick against West Ham.
Let’s now see how that top ten looks in order of percentage contribution
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That’s how it looks in a chart, but what about in a graph instead from top to bottom
And once again it is Harry Kane that plays the largest role in his teams’ goalscoring output. Not only but his contribution has now increased to 45%, last season’s Golden Boot winner has scored 10 of Tottenham’s 22 goals. There is no understating his input but it’s almost now too high to be comfortable reading.
Mohamed Salah is second in the chart just 2% behind with 43% of Liverpool’s Premier League goals this season after scoring 12 of the Reds’ 28 strikes in this campaign, while the top three is rounded out by another Merseyside resident in the form of Wayne Rooney.
The England international became Everton’s top goalscorer once again after his hat-trick against West Ham and is now responsible for 41% of all the goals scored by the team that will be taken charge of by Sam Allardyce this weekend.
Everton are the lowest scoring team of all the outfits represented in this list, let’s take a look at the updated breakdown
Manchester United 1
Manchester City 3
So Manchester City have lost a player after Leroy Sane drops out of the top ten while Everton are newly represented for the first time in this analysis. But as always it is Pep Guardiola’s all conquering City side that probably tell the best story.
Of the three players represented on this list, they have scored 26 of the 44 league goals that they have already disposed this season. That is 59% of the total goals scored, but again it comes as no surprise that the City trio take up the bottom three places on the chart.
This is quite simply because there is such a wide spread of goal between the quartet of attacking talent – that is if you include Leroy Sane. If you throw his figures into the mix then they have scored 32 out of the 44 league goals, that is 72.7%
So there is no over reliance on one player, far from it. Where every other team has a talisman in the Premier League they have four and it is not even necessarily strikers. Just look at the contribution from Raheem Sterling this season who has already scored nine Premier League goals this season.
To be not be a recognised forward in the ilk of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero and still the same amount of goals as the latter and just one short of the former is impressive by any measure and it is exactly these kind of supporting cast contributions that have pushed Manchester City to new heights.
Jamie Vardy’s goal on Tuesday saw him move up to seven for the season and he now has scored 37% of Leicester’s goals while the Foxes are the second lowest scoring team that is represented on this list. When you look at the lower scoring teams Leicester, Everton and Tottenham that will explain why the players percentage is much higher.
From a Tottenham not only do they need to score more of the chances that they are creating but they also need someone else to start scoring, just look at Arsenal who are all guns blazing while their big summer signing Alexander Lacazette has scored a quarter of their goals, the same contribution as Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United.
While defending Premier League champions Chelsea’s summer business in signing Alvaro Morata looks astute with the former Real Madrid chipping in with eight of the West London’s outfit 25 goals this season, a 32% contribution in percentage terms.
So in answer to the question are Tottenham the ‘Harry Kane team?’ – right now they are.
I’ll return in another couple of weeks to see how things have progressed and to see what fluctuations or new entries there have been in the Premier League scoring charts. Until then.
I hope this was of interest to you and if you have any football data work available then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I am always looking to undertake additional projects to the ones I already have. Thanks, Dan.