Shots Per Goal(SPG) without penalty stats that led to a goal (Top 10)
Without Penalties included Lampard drops to fourth - still an excellent return from a player Chelsea did not want to keep which is quite staggering with the brilliant performances that he has produced this season. Mata tops the lot whilst Podolski and Chicarito are also there. Steven Fletcher shows his goal scoring skills at the top of the list whilst Walcott has dropped since December as he was at the top at that time in the season.
This is a screenshot - not a table (full sortable table available on next page)
Improvement from last seasonThe most interesting part of this analysis is the improvement from the players that were in the Top Goal Scorers list last season. The difference is shown below. A negative difference obviously means that the player is attempting fewer shots to score. Gareth Bale is the most improved in this aspect as he is now attempting 4.74 fewer shots this season to score a goal. Luis Suarez is next in line attempting 3.6 fewer shots per goal this season and third is Walcott on -3.34. These three were the biggest movers. The chart below shows the difference in shots and it's not looking good for Nikica Jelavic who is attempting 5.06 more shots per goal this season whilst Berbatov and Defoe make up the top 3. Special mention to Sergio Aguero's drop in fourth place. Full sortable table available on next page (stats are only for top scorers with 6 or more goals).
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To conclude whilst Mata, Lampard and Podolski impress this season requiring the least amount of shots to score - Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Theo Walcott have improved the most from last season and now attempt fewer shots per goal. Bale and Suarez's shots attempted numbers are still quite high this season despite the improvement but an improvement nonetheless.
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Shots per Goal Without Penalty stats that led to a goal
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