The 20 Most Efficient Players in the Premier League So Far This Season

With Premier League football returning on Tuesday night, we take a look at the current crop of stars that are statistically the most clinical in front of goal before match round 24.

All players featuring in the list have scored at least five league goals this season, and the rankings are based on the player’s shot to goal conversion rate and doesn’t take blocked shots into consideration.

*NOTE* – this list is correct as of prior to match round 24, and was sourced from Football 365.

20. Danny Ings (Southampton) – 20.59%

Danny Ings

Danny Ings is Southampton’s top scorer this season and the club’s only representative in the list, at 20th. 

The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season after joining the Saints in the summer, and is currently well on course to beat his best Premier League goal tally for a season of 11.

Shots (excluding blocks): 34
Goals: 7

19. Joshua King (Bournemouth) – 20.69%

Joshua King

Scoring six goals so far in the league this season, Josh King has shown his ability to be clinical while forming a great attacking force with the likes of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and David Brooks at Bournemouth.

Shots (excluding blocks): 29

Goals: 6

18. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 21.43%

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One third of a formidable frontline at Anfield, Sadio Mané has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has scored nine Premier League goals in 21 appearances this season for Liverpool. 

The Senegalese international only needs one more goal to match his league tally of last season.

Shots (excluding blocks): 42

Goals: 9

17. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 21.62%

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Alexandre Lacazette signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2017 as the club’s record signing, and has scored a total of 22 Premier League goals so far, eight of which have come this season. 

The Frenchman has linked up well with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang under the guidance of Unai Emery.

Shots (excluding blocks): 37

Goals: 8

16. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 22.5%

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is crucial to how Jürgen Klopp wants his side to play. The Brazilian has scored nine league goals this season, and certainly benefits the other forwards around him to form a top attacking trio.

Shots (excluding blocks): 40

Goals: 9

15. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 22.86%

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford is one of many players that seems to have massively benefited from the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United.

Rashford has scored eight Premier League goals so far this season, five of which have come recently under the guidance of Solskjær. 

The Englishman is looking more confident and clinical, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his conversation rate continue to rise.

Shots (excluding blocks): 35

Goals: 8

14. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 23.73%

Harry Kane

Referred to by many as one of the best strikers in the world, Harry Kane has scored 14 league this season for Tottenham. 

You could perhaps argue that the volume of shots Kane takes is what allows him to produce such impressive goalscoring figures, while it also displays the confidence he has in his ability.

Shots (excluding blocks): 59

Goals: 14

13. Pedro (Chelsea) – 23.33%

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Ex-Barcelona star Pedro hasn’t caught the attention like he may have in previous years, but seven Premier League goals in 19 appearances definitely isn’t anything to be concerned about. 

It is yet to be revealed how Gonzalo Higuaín will affect Chelsea and the influence that he could have on the likes of Pedro.

Shots (excluding blocks): 30

Goals: 7

12. Son Heung-min (Tottenham) – 25.81%

Heung-Min Son

Son Heung-min is Tottenham’s second top scorer this season behind Harry Kane, but leads the way in terms of conversation rate. Son’s prolific return of eight goals and six assists in 17 appearances showcases his importance to the Spurs side.

Shots (excluding blocks): 31

Goals: 8

11. Richarlison (Everton) – 26.47%

Richarlison

Reunited with Marco Silva at Everton, Richarlison arrived at Goodison Park for big money and high expectations. The Brazilian international has already scored four more than he did last season despite appearing in all 38 matches of the previous campaign. 

He seems confident and much more clinical this season for the Toffees.

Shots (excluding blocks): 34

Goals: 9

10. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) – 27.59%

Leroy Sané

Last season’s Young Player of the Year has continued in the same exhilarating form this season, providing eight goals and ten assists in 21 Premier League appearances for Manchester City.

Sané has also shown his ruthlessness this season, as he makes it into the top ten of the list.

Shots (excluding blocks): 29

Goals: 8

9. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – 27.78%

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His strike partner Josh King featured earlier in the list, but its Callum Wilson that has caught the eye this season that resulted in an England call up earlier in the season. The 26-year-old has scored ten goals and provided six assists for Bournemouth in the league this season.

Shots (excluding blocks): 36

Goals: 10

8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 28.07%

Mohamed Salah

This season’s Premier League’s top scorer as well as the current Golden Boot holder sits in eighth in this list. As is the case with Harry Kane, the total amount of shots Salah takes is a testament to his confidence in front of goal.

Shots (excluding blocks): 57

Goals: 16

7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 29.17%

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Since arriving at the Emirates last January, Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang has scored an impressive 24 Premier League goals.

The Gabonese international has struck up a positive partnership with Alexandre Lacazette, and both players have been important to Arsenal this season.

Shots (excluding blocks): 48

Goals: 14

6. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 29.41%

Eden Hazard

Undoubtedly one of the best players in the Premier League, Eden Hazard finds himself narrowly missing out on the top five of this list.

 With ten goals and ten assists in the Premier League this season, the impressive Belgian has, without a doubt, been vital to Chelsea this season so far and will continue to be so as they aim to finish in the top four.

Shots (excluding blocks): 34

Goals: 10

5. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – 32%

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Romelu Lukaku certainly hasn’t escaped criticism this season. While many of his performances over the course of this term have been below par, the ex-Everton star has converted a high percentage of the shots he’s had. 

Recently and most notably, Lukaku scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 away win at Newcastle, while he also scored as a substitute a few days before against Bournemouth. 

Shots (excluding blocks): 25

Goals: 8

4. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) – 33.33%

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It is a possibility that Xherdan Shaqiri will prove to be one of the better signings of the season.

There is already such significant firepower going forward at Liverpool, but the 27-year-old has been able to pop up with six league goals of his own. Shaqiri’s two goals in 20 minutes as a substitute in the win against Manchester United best demonstrates Shaqiri’s prowess this season.

Shots (excluding blocks): 18

Goals: 6

3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 34.48%

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Raheem Sterling continues to prove what a talent he is and has scored ten goals while supplying his City teammates with eight assists in 20 Premier League appearances this season. 

In a squad full of such flair and skill, Raheem Sterling showcases his ruthlessness in front of goal as the highest Manchester City player on the list.

Shots (excluding blocks): 29

Goals: 10

2. Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 34.78%

Glenn Murray

35-year-old hasn’t looked back since making the move to Brighton in 2016. What was previously a top Championship striker is now doing it in the Premier League in remarkable fashion, as he sits second in this list of most efficient forwards in the league. 

Murray has scored eight goals so far this season and has been largely influential to Brighton’s Premier League status.

Shots (excluding blocks): 23

Goals: 8  

1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – 40%

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Topping the list of most efficient forwards in the Premier League is Manchester United’s Anthony Martial. 

With eight goals from 18 league appearances, Martial has showcased his natural finishing ability throughout this season under both José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Still only 23, the sky is the limit for the young Frenchman.

 

Shots (excluding blocks): 20

Goals: 8  

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