Statistical analysis of Premier League top six's two highest contributors and how they compare

Matt Jones 21/05/2018
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Mohamed Salah

We all know Mohamed Salah set the Premier League alight this season, breaking the 38-game season scoring record with a blistering 32 goals as Liverpool blasted 84 in total.

Even so, the rampant Reds were still left in Manchester City’s shadow as Pep Guardiola’s team broke collective records here, there and everywhere. The champions set a new league mark of 100 points – beating Chelsea’s 2004/05 total of 95, while they also broke the ton barrier for goals scored (106).

And while Salah carried his team throughout a first full season with Liverpool, the Reds were not totally reliant on him as Roberto Firmino (15) and Sadio Mane (10) weighed in with double figures.

Salah bagged 38 per cent of Liverpool’s league goals this term, but that was dwarfed by Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who netted 40.5 per cent of the north Londoners’ goals – making him the most relied-upon Premier League goalscorer.

Here, Matt Jones breaks down the stats for each of the Premier League top six’s leading and second-highest scorers. He also delves a little deeper to figure out who is the most valuable in terms of minutes to goals, assists and shot accuracy.

Man City                        Goals     Percentage

Sergio Aguero                            21            19.8

Raheem Sterling                        18            16.9

Man United                      Goals     Percentage

Romelu Lukaku                         16            23.5

Anthony Martial                        9              13.2

Spurs                             Goals     Percentage

Harry Kane                                30            40.5

Son Heung-Min                         12            16.2

Liverpool                         Goals     Percentage

Mohamed Salah                        32            38

Roberto Firmino                        15            17.8

Chelsea                           Goals     Percentage

Eden Hazard                              12            19.3

Alvaro Morata                           11            17.7

Arsenal                           Goals     Percentage

Alexandre Lacazette                   14            18.9

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang       10            13.5

HERE’S HOW EACH PLAYER STANDS UP AGAINST EACH OTHER (12) IN KEY AREAS:

Mohamed Salah

Goals 32

Minutes played 2,921

Minutes per goal 91

Assists 10

Total shots 111

On target 67

Shot accuracy 60%

Sergio Aguero

Goals 21

Minutes played 1,969

Minutes per goal 94

Assists 6

Total shots 74

On target 42

Shot accuracy 57%

Harry Kane

Goals 30

Minutes played 3,083

Minutes per goal 103

Assists 2

Total shots 136

On target 76

Shot accuracy 56%

Raheem Sterling

Goals 18

Minutes played 2,592

Minutes per goal 144

Assists 11

Total shots 68

On target 35

Shot accuracy 51%

Romelu Lukaku

Goals 16

Minutes played 2,869

Minutes per goal 179

Assists 7

Total shots 68

On target 43

Shot accuracy 63%

Roberto Firmino

Goals 15

Minutes played 2,776

Minutes per goal 185

Assists 7

Total shots 60

On target 38

Shot accuracy 63%

Alexandre Lacazette

Goals 14

Minutes played 2,211

Minutes per goal 158

Assists 4

Total shots 51

On target 35

Shot accuracy 69%

Son Heung-min

Goals 12

Minutes played 2,309

Minutes per goal 192

Assists 6

Total shots 56

On target 33

Shot accuracy 59%

Eden Hazard

Goals 12

Minutes played 2,432

Minutes per goal 203

Assists 4

Total shots 53

On target 37

Shot accuracy 70%

Alvaro Morata

Goals 11

Minutes played 2,067

Minutes per goal 108

Assists 6

Total shots 63

On target 34

Shot accuracy 54%

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Goals 10

Minutes played 1,058

Minutes per goal 106

Assists 4

Total shots 24

On target 19

Shot accuracy 79%

 

Anthony Martial

Goals 9

Minutes played 1,583

Minutes per goal 176

Assists 5

Total shots 49

On target 16

Shot accuracy 33%

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Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says new transfers must blend with 'winning formula'

Chris Bailey 21/05/2018
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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is willing to add to his title-winning squad next season – but only if new signings improve upon the riches the club already have.

Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed a season that will go down in Premier League folklore, breaking records for points earned (100) and goals scored (106) amid numerous others on the way to their third title in seven years.

All this was achieved by a group that had an average age of 23 as youngsters such as Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy all strengthened the squad.

Guardiola went close to adding Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez in January while Napoli midfielder Jorginho is one of many rumoured targets.

However, Al Mubarak admits that it will take a very special player to improve upon the current unit, with City’s young core only likely to get better.

“Any additions have to improve the squad and this is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club,” said Al Mubarak, who has been in place since 2008.

“When winning, bringing new players in is a very important decision because you have a winning formula.

“Whatever you’re going to add has to be a decision that you don’t take lightly. You have to bring players that strengthen and add competition to the squad – that is key.”

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Despite such a dominant season, City will be wary of resting on their laurels after Real Madrid were caught cold in La Liga last season and could only finish third.

Los Blancos, of course, have a Champions League final to look forward to. European silverware has remained elusive for City this year – yet under coach Guardiola, who recently signed a new three-year deal, Al Mubarak insists motivation will never be a concern.

“We have a coach in Pep that is relentless,” added the Emirati entrepreneur, who is also the CEO of Mubadala. “There is not going to be any content here or relaxation, that I can assure you.

“This summer we are going to come back and be hungry, and be more aggressive, and continue to grow and improve. Today we have a superb, high-quality squad. You don’t get to 100 points without that.”

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Real Madrid target Thibaut Courtois uncertain about his and Antonio Conte's Chelsea future

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Thibaut Courtois may not know where his or manager Antonio Conte‘s future lies, but the goalkeeper is sure that Chelsea need to spend big to compete in the Premier League next season.

Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty saw the west Londoners beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup on Saturday evening at Wembley.

It was the best moment in a frustrating season as Chelsea failed to build on last season’s league triumph, with a tepid title defence underpinned by background tension that leaves many speculating that Conte will soon leave.

Courtois is not sure where the Italian’s future lies – “whatever he or the club decides, they will know what they do,” the goalkeeper said – nor does he know where he will spend the 2018-19 campaign.

“Like I said in the last weeks or months, I think we’ll see after the World Cup whether I am a Chelsea player for next year,” the Belgium international said.

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“We’ll see what is going to happen after the World Cup.”

Courtois has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and its appears Chelsea need to win over their goalkeeper.

With his contract soon running out, the 26-year-old believes the Blues have to dig deep to have any chance of a title challenge next term.

Asked if Chelsea need a big summer to add players in order to challenge for the title, Courtois said: “Yeah, I think so. I think especially if you see how City and United are spending and working.

“I think if we want to aim for the top, we should do the same – obviously within the limits of what’s possible as well.

“I think that the transfer market has gone pretty crazy. Nowadays you pay £80million for a defender I think – that’s crazy figures.

“We’ll see what’s going on and I am sure the board will do what needs to be done.”

For the short-term, this is time of celebration for those in blue.

Chelsea team

Courtois was pleased by his own display at Wembley and to crown a campaign in which they stumbled home fifth with the FA Cup.

“Well, satisfaction because we won a trophy,” he added, reflecting on the season as a whole.

“I think that’s what football is about, winning titles, and today is one and the FA Cup is a big trophy to win.

“I am very happy about that but obviously missing out on the Champions League is not what we hoped for, but we have to keep working next year and have a good season again and add some more trophies.

“After a season with ups and down, I think this feels really good. It is a good way to finish this year.”

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