With 149 games of this season having been played and 231 to go, the race for the golden boot is starting to take shape. With this in mind I have taken a closer look at shooting stats for the current top 5 goalscorers so far this season in the English Premier League: Demba Ba, Michu (full name Miguel Pérez Cuesta), Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez and Jermain Defoe. But who has really been in the best form? Demba Ba and Luis Suarez have both made the top 5 despite playing in teams currently placed in the bottom half, perhaps adding weight to their claim, whilst Michu has been the most deadly at scoring big chances.
The first 4 players are equal on 10 goals, and Jermain Defoe in 5th place with 9 goals, and so there would seem to be little to tell the players apart. To dig a little deeper into how we might compare their shooting efficiency I have presented some simple ratios and graphs below.
Graphs created below as at 05/12/12:
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Featured Image courtesy of the Daily Mail & Graphs all by Chris Lilley
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