English football’s top tier is blessed with an abundance of attacking talent at present, with last season’s Golden Boot having proven an open race between the Premier League’s finest forwards.
The presence of a clinical goalscorer is a huge benefit to any side and their hopes of success, a player capable of converting chances with unrelenting regularity often a manager’s dream.
Following the conclusion of the Premier League season we’ve decided to delve into the best statistics from the past campaign, with this feature showcasing the players who made the most of their goalscoring opportunities.
Here are the seven Premier League players with the best goals-per-shot ratio in 2019/20:
Anthony Martial – Manchester United (0.22)
Anthony Martial enjoyed a productive and promising season as the focal point of the Manchester United attack, the forward having been utilised in his preferred central role and responding with a career-best season in front of goal.
Martial finished the league season having scored 17 Premier League goals – comfortably the highest tally of his career in English football – with the 24-year-old demonstrating he has the talent and goalscoring instincts to flourish as a number nine at Old Trafford.
The France international averaged 0.22 goals per shot in the Premier League last season, with only four players across the entire division bettering that ratio.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal (0.22)
Arsenal are reportedly close to agreeing a new contract with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the deal will represent the club’s best piece of business of the summer transfer window, the club captain amongst the most feared forwards in European football at present.
Aubameyang has been a shining light in an Arsenal side which stuttered to their lowest league finish in 25 years this season, rarely dropping below consistent excellence when it comes to scoring goals.
The Gabon international won a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season and fell just one short in his bid to defend the accolade this time around, scoring 22 league goals and boasting an average of 0.22 goals per shot.
The 31-year-old became the first player since Thierry Henry to score 20+ league goals in consecutive seasons for the Gunners and remains the key figure in the north London side’s hopes of returning to the Champions League.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester (0.22)
Winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot, it comes as little surprise to see Jamie Vardy rank amongst the most clinical forwards in the division last season.
Vardy’s superb individual season saw him fire Leicester to European qualification and added another illustrious accolade to his storied career, the evergreen Foxes forward scoring 23 league goals for the campaign.
That haul saw the 33-year-old score 20+ league goals for the third time in his top-flight career, with the star becoming the 29th player to reach the Premier League’s ‘100 club’ after netting his 100th goal in the division against Crystal Palace last month.
Vardy averaged 0.22 goals per shot throughout the 2019/20 season, another stand out season for a player whose Premier League record now stands at an impressive 103 goals in just 211 appearances.
Danny Ings – Southampton (0.23)
Slightly ahead of Vardy in the rankings is the man who narrowly missed out to the Foxes forward for the Golden Boot, Danny Ings having enjoyed the best season of his career with Southampton in 2019/20.
Ings’ stellar season was one of the feel-good stories of the campaign, the forward having recovered from a nightmare run with injury to score prolifically for the Saints, hitting 22 league goals – the best haul of his career to date.
The forward’s goals were vital to a Southampton side whose next highest scorers were James Ward-Prowse and Stuart Armstrong with just five each, propelling Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side clear of danger after a difficult start to the campaign.
Ings averaged 0.23 goals per shot throughout the season, his fine form prompting talk of an England recall, the 27-year-old having won his sole cap against Lithuania five years ago.
Robert Snodgrass – West Ham (0.24)
Sitting amongst the Premier League’s most clinical players is none other than Robert Snodgrass, a player who has regularly fought back to win over his doubters at West Ham.
The experienced Scotland international scored five goals and provided five assists in just 17 starts for the Hammers during the 2019/20 season, his tally coming from just 21 shots on goal at an average of 0.24 goals per shot.
Snodgrass’ work-rate and committed displays have won him plaudits at the London Stadium but he has also shown he has the ability to contribute, his underrated technical ability evidenced by his place on this list of top talents.
Sadio Mane – Liverpool (0.24)
Amongst the stars of Liverpool’s title-winning season, Sadio Mane has continued to enhance his status as one of the Premier League’s finest footballers throughout the 2019/20 campaign.
The Senegalese star won a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Mohamed Salah, and whilst his numbers dropped slightly this term he still produced another impressive campaign, scoring 18 Premier League goals.
Those goals included several vital winners as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the title with a record seven games to spare, Mane’s contribution marking him out as one of the favourites for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Mane has now scored 20+ goals in all competitions in each of the past three seasons for Liverpool, his clinical record of 0.24 goals per shot marking him out as one of the best in the division.
Mason Greenwood – Manchester United (0.26)
Described as the most ‘natural finisher’ at Manchester United, it has been some breakthrough season for teenage sensation Mason Greenwood, the 18-year-old statistically the most clinical forward in the Premier League last season.
Greenwood has burst onto the scene in spectacular style to establish himself as one of the most exciting talents in English football, scoring 17 goals in all competitions including becoming the first player since Michael Owen to score double figures in a Premier League season aged 18 or under.
The academy graduate possesses an almost unnatural two-footed ability, capable of finishing off either foot with devastating consequences. Greenwood has quickly shown he has a huge repertoire of finishes, executing the right type of shot and often shooting early before the goalkeeper can set his position.
Greenwood’s haul of ten league goals has come from just 39 shots on goal, his average of 0.26 goals per shot the best of any player in the Premier League.