A bonus point if you can work out the reference in the title but enough of the quiz questions it’s time to once again look at just how much of a contribution each of the top 10 Premier League goalscorers make to their respective teams, Mohamed Salah tops the scoring charts with 12 goals but what is that in percentage terms?
A few days ago I analysed the data after 14 weeks of the Premier League season and it is time to revisit the goalscoring charts to see just how things have changed with the weekend’s action now in the history books
As always thanks to whoscored for supplying the data
Here are the top 10 Premier League goalscorers after Week 15
|Team||Goals||Team Goals||% Contribution|
There is no change in the top two places as both Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane drew blanks this weekend however their teams did not so that will have an effect in terms of percentage contribution, while only two of the ten of the players in this list actually ended up scoring.
The only players to get on the scoresheet where Alvaro Morata and Alexander Lacazette, the former is now joint third in the race for the Golden Boot while the latter is joint fourth. Both players being caught in a three way tie in their respective positions.
However every team represented in this list scored at least one goal, so a lot of players are going to see their percentage contribution drop this week and talking of that lets now re-order in the list by that particular metric
|Team||Goals||Team Goals||% Contribution|
But a better way to digest that is via a graph and here it is
As you can see there has been a change since last week most notably that Wayne Rooney has not shot up to the second biggest percentage contribution of all the top ten goalscorers he may not have found the net on Saturday but he is now responsible for 37% of Everton’s goals this season.
That figure takes him ahead of Mohamed Salah who failed to find the net while his Liverpool teammates bagged five at Brighton, this sees him move down to third in the percentage rankings with Jamie Vardy very hot on his tail at 35% contribution.
Harry Kane however still makes the largest contribution to all of the teams represented on this list, 43% of Tottenham’s 23 goals have been scored by the England internatonal some six percent more than that of Wayne Rooney in second (7 from 19).
What we can also do is look at the percentage movement compared to last week
Alexander Lacazette’s contribution has increased by 3% the only player in which to do so although Morata’s probably would also if we were using decimal places. While the other eight players have either seen no change or a decrease – again Aguero and Sterling’s would have probably dropped for the same decimal place reason.
Mohamed Salah saw the biggest contribution drop by virtue of Liverpool scoring the most goals this weekend, if Tottenham are the Harry Kane team then are Jurgen Klopp’s team the Salah team to be honest on this evidence you would have to say no they are not.
It was interesting to see that Manchester City managed to win without any of their three top goalscorers getting on the score sheet. Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva chipping in this week but the trio have still scored 26 out of their 46 league goals this season.
The players represented are unchanged so here is the top 10 breakdown:
Manchester United 1
Manchester City 3
You can make a case that the higher the league placing the lesser the percentage contribution as the teams at the very top have other players who can share the load. The bottom four players on this list are from Manchester and those two teams lock out places one and two.
While if you were to swap Alvaro Morata and Alexander Lacazette then you would then have a clear split between the bottom half of the list being represented by clubs in the top three and the top half being represented by clubs outside it.
So there is almost a neat symmetry there, although the contribution of Salah does a lot to mess up that theory due to the fact that Liverpool are 4th and he is the third highest percentage contributor of goals. So an eventual hypothesis would be could we get the bottom five players in the list to be taken up in reverse order of the Premier League?
That is something that could still happen as Liverpool and Arsenal look like they could be duking it out for fourth place for a long time, however I not rule out Tottenham just yet even with their current patchy form as with Harry Kane in their locker they can soon turn that situation around – at least I hope they can.
That concludes the roundup of percentage contribution, keep an eye out for other Premier League pieces throughout the week and beyond. Thanks for reading.
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.