There is no doubting that the biggest names in attacking terms make a huge contribution to their respective Premier League sides, but just how much of a contribution do they make as a percentage of the total goals scored by their club this season.
What I have done is taken the top 10 scorers in the Premier League this season so far and then worked out what percentage contribution they have made and then I will rank them from highest to lowest, that way we can get an idea of who is the greater talisman to their team.
Firstly here are the top 10 scorers in the Premier League as of full time after West Ham vs Liverpool
|Team||Goals||Team Goals||% Contribution|
So as you can see Harry Kane is top of the charts with 8 but there are a group of players napping at his heels and the order could and will most likely change after the fixtures that take place on Sunday. More importantly though it is time to have a look at who makes the biggest contribution to their clubs goalscoring exploits.
|Team||Goals||Team Goals||% Contribution|
But that is just lists of data, what we would like is a graph as a visual aid to rank these top 10 in order of contribution.
So as you can see Harry Kane is not only the top goalscorer in the Premier League he also has made the largest contribution. This perhaps does little to dispel the notion that the Tottenham are the Harry Kane team with eight of their 19 goals coming from the England international.
Do Tottenham require more players to chip in? Well their league placing would suggest otherwise but on the other hand they could have done with someone stepping up to the plate against Manchester United last weekend, this is proof apparent that you should not rely too much on one player.
You could however argue that Leicester have an over reliance on Jamie Vardy, Leicester have scored 16 goals this season with the 2016 Premier League winner chipping in with six of them he stands second in the charts ahead of Mohamed Salah and Alvaro Morata who have scored a third of Liverpool’s and Chelsea’s league goals respectively.
Big summer singing Romelu Lukaku has been through something of a goal drought of late and this means his contribution to Manchester United has diminished slightly with now only 30% of their goals coming from the Belgian international.
While Alexander Lacazette’s adjustment to the Premier League has seen him be responsible for 26% of Arsenal’s top flight goals so far this season. The French international sits bottom of the top 10 scorers but 6th in the rankings ahead a quartet of Manchester City players.
And this is perhaps the most interesting part of the data sample, the next four players are all managed by Pep Guardiola and if anything it highlights just how much of a goal threat they have from a number of different players with no one player being responsible for anymore than 20% of the clubs’s 35 league goals.
That said it comes as no real surprise though that the City players are at the bottom of this sample because there is much more of an even spread of goals again simply highlighted by the fact that City lead the list in terms of representation in this list. A breakdown which is as follows
Manchester City 4
Manchester United 1
So you can see a pretty apparent split, Manchester City share the goals around while the other six clubs below have a reliance on one particular player. Also the fact that the top six are all represented comes as no surprise but the inclusion of Leicester is an interesting one, the fact that they are the team which has scored the most goals in the bottom half of the table certainly cannot be ignored either.
But that is just after the first 10 weeks (11 in the case of Mohamed Salah) and this is a metric that will obviously fluctuate throughout the season, not only that but we could see players drop in and out of the list depending on form so this is no way set in stone. I’ll be back with regular updates throughout the season.
I hope this was of interest to you and if you have any football data work available then please contact me at email@example.com as I am always looking to undertake additional projects to the ones I already have. Thanks, Dan.