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who was the 2012/2013 Premier League’s most prolific striker?

The 2012/2013 season has now come to a close and it was a season of many goals and many great goals at that. With fantastic strikers in abundance, almost every team in the Premier League can boast of having one of the best strikers in the League. So the question remains who was the most prolific striker in the 2012/2013 Premier League season?

Here are the statistics. (5 goals minimum)

Player Apps Shots Goals Conversion Rate
Hernandez

9(13)

44

10

22.73

Le Fondre

11(23)

55

12

21.82

Podolski

25(8)

54

11

20.37

Fletcher

28

55

11

20.00

Berbatov

32(1)

81

15

18.52

Van Persie

35(3)

141

26

18.44

Benteke

32(2)

104

19

18.27

Lukaku

20(15)

97

17

17.53

Long

25(9)

48

8

16.67

Michu

35

110

18

16.36

Crouch

28(6)

43

7

16.28

Walcott

24(8)

87

14

16.09

Lambert

35(3)

94

15

15.96

Sturridge

12(9)

70

11

15.71

Pogrebnyak

26(3)

33

5

15.15

Holt

28(6)

53

8

15.09

Dzeko

16(16)

94

14

14.89

Hazard

31(3)

63

9

14.29

Rooney

22(5)

86

12

13.95

Aguero

22(8)

86

12

13.95

Walters

38

59

8

13.56

Bale

33

165

21

12.73

Suarez

33

187

23

12.30

Kone

32(2)

92

11

11.96

Adebayor

18(7)

42

5

11.90

Torres

28(8)

68

8

11.76

Demba Ba

30(4)

135

15

11.11

Tevez

28(6)

105

11

10.48

Giroud

24(10)

107

11

10.28

Defoe

27(7)

108

11

10.19

Cisse

35(1)

86

8

9.30

Anichebe

19(7)

65

6

9.23

Carroll

22(4)

81

7

8.64

Jelavic

26(11)

85

7

8.24

Di Santo

24(11)

65

5

7.69

 

So here we have it, statistically with a goals to shot ratio of 22.73%, Javier Hernandez is the Premier League’s most prolific striker. However when you delve deeper into the Mexican’s season, you will see he has only started 9 Premier League games this season. So whilst 10 goals from 9 starts is commendable, 4 of those goals actually came from his 13 substitute appearances. So to call Hernandez the Premier League’s most prolific striker when he has barely played this season may not be a fair reflection.

So, we go to the next person on the list who is also somewhat of a ‘super sub’, Reading’s Adam Le Fondre. Le Fondre’s 12 goals were unable to keep Reading in the Premier League and astonishingly 8 of Le Fondre’s Premier League goals came from the bench, the most in the Premier League this season. So again I don’t think its justified on giving the award of ‘most prolific striker’ to somebody who barely starts a game.

So what I have done now is set a criterion of starting at least 20 games before you can be deemed as the Premier League’s most prolific striker. So that brings us to Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski who fits the criteria having started 25 games this season. The experienced German who is in his first season in the Premier League has played most of the season in a wide left role; however his contribution of 11 goals earns him a place on this list. A conversion rate of 20.37% means Podolski is the Premier League’s most prolific striker, scoring just over 1 in 5 of his chances on goal. Arsenal will be hoping Podolski can build on this promising goal scoring start and carry it in to next season.

Statistically Franco Di Santo is the Premier League’s least prolific striker who has scored 5 goals or more. Wigan Athletic’s Di Santo only managed to score 5 goals from his 65 shots on goal this term, not giving much support to his striking partner Arouna Kone, who had an impressive start to English football, scoring 11 goals in 32 starts. No doubt Premier League clubs will be taking an interest in him during the summer, not so much in Franco Di Santo.

Out of the Premier League newbies to score 5 or more goals this season, Le Fondre and Podolski lead the way in terms of conversion rates, with Benteke closely behind on 18.27%. Benteke’s 19 goals this term has already triggered interest all around Europe and Aston Villa will do well to keep hold of the young Belgian for next term. Another impressive newbie was Michu, who’s 18 goals showed that you don’t need to splash the cash to find quality in front of goal, Michu costing Swansea just £2m. Olivier Giroud had a slow start to English football after his summer move from Montpellier, but Arsenal will be satisfied with his 11 goal return, however will hope his 10.28% conversion rate will improve next season. Ricky Lambert has received plaudits and calls for an England cap as his first season in Premier League football secured him 14 goals, with a 16.09% conversion rate.

The top 3 goal scorers in the Premier League, Van Persie, Suarez and Bale all had the most shots on goal this season. Suarez with 187, Bale with 165 and Van Persie with 141. All 3 of these players are not renowned for being poachers, their shots on goal tally may be high, but as well as being provided with chances from their teammates, they also make their own chances and score many individual goals.

As you can see, with Manchester United having 2 players in the top 6 of the conversion table, they have simply been far more prolific than Manchester City, and anybody else for that matter this season. Manchester City’s most prolific striker was Eden Dzeko with 14.89%, only two places higher than Manchester United’s least prolific striker, who was Wayne Rooney with 13.95%. Disappointing seasons from both Aguero (13.95%) and Tevez (10.48%), who only managed to muster 23 goals between them this season compared to last season when Aguero scored 23 goals by himself alone, with contributions from Balotelli, Dzeko and Tevez.

For honourable mentions, the most prolific goal scoring midfielders table is below.

Player Apps Shots Goals Conversion Rate
Lampard

29

80

15

18.75

Agbonlahor

28

48

9

18.75

Mata

35

70

12

17.14

Hazard

34

63

9

14.29

Nolan

35

78

10

12.82

Fellaini

31

90

11

12.22

Sessegnon

35

59

7

11.86

Weimann

30

62

7

11.29

Cazorla

38

115

12

10.43

Toure

32

69

7

10.14

Dempsey

29

70

7

10.00

Gerrard

36

93

9

9.68

 

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