There are some Premier League players who you just know will devour even a half decent chance in front of goal.
The likes of Erling Haaland, Mo Salah and Son Heung-min rarely need a second invitation to put the ball in the net when the opportunity arises.
But there are others that inspire no confidence in supporters when they are in a one-v-one with the goalkeeper or have a clear shot at goal. You just know the odds are they will spurn it.
Premier League: The worst big chance converters in 23/24
=5. Yoane Wissa, Brentford – 29%
With Ivan Toney suspended, Brentford are missing a clinical striker who can put away good opportunities. Bryan Mbeumo has done a decent job of filling the void, scoring six goals in 12 games, although two of them have been penalties.
Toney’s absence has led to winger Yoane Wissa getting more chances in front of goal, and he has already scored three times this season. But having missed five of his seven big chances, it’s clear he’s not on the same level.
=5. Tomas Soucek, West Ham – 29%
Tomas Soucek was one of West Ham’s biggest attacking threats when he first arrived in east London, scoring 13 goals in his first 51 Premier League appearances. But he went on to score just seven in his next 71 appearances, as David Moyes used him as a more defensive-minded midfielder.
The Czech international is being utilised further upfield again, though, and is getting on the end of chances in the box, scoring three goals in 11 games. He’s had seven big chances, scoring just two, but it’s worth noting that almost all of his shots on goal are headers, which are harder to score from than with one’s feet.
4. Darwin Nunez, Liverpool – 23%
Few players mix the sublime with the bizarre quite like Darwin Nunez, who joined Liverpool from Benfica for £85m in 2022. It’s been difficult to know what to make of the Uruguayan, but he is gradually winning over fans.
After scoring nine times in the Premier League last season, Nunez has already scored four league goals (and assisted another four). He has the ability to score wonder goals, as evidenced against Bournemouth in the League Cup recently, but too often fails to put away the easy opportunities, missing 10 of his 13 big chances this term.
3. Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa – 14%
Unai Emery has transformed Ollie Watkins’ fortunes, with the England striker scoring 20 goals in the Premier League since the Spaniard replaced Steven Gerrard as manager in October 2023.
But the 27-year-old still suffers from a problem that has plagued his career in the top flight, and that’s his inability to put away big chances. He’s had 14 of them this season, but scored from just two of them.
2. Marcus Rashford, Man Utd – 0%
The finishing ability of Marcus Rashford has long been a point of debate and contention for Manchester United fans. That debate seemed to have been put to bed last season when he went on a run of 22 goals in 37 matches.
That red hot form has abandoned the wide forward, who has scored just twice in all competitions in 2023/24. He has managed to miss all six of his big chances in the Premier League, adding to his woes.
1. Rasmus Hojlund, Man Utd – 0%
Despite grabbing five goals in the Champions League, Rasmus Hojlund is yet to find the net in the Premier League after joining Man United from Atalanta for £72m in the summer.
The Danish striker has not arrived at the best time, with the club in flux both on and off the pitch. But there will be concern over the fact that he has missed every single one of his eight big chances.
Source: Opta (via AllAboutFPL)