The pause of the Premier League season has left a huge void in the lives of many of us, the coronavirus crisis suspending footballing life as we know it until late April at the very earliest.
To fill the void we’ve decided to delve into some of the best stats of this unprecedented season so far, with this feature profiling the most prolific goalscorers of the current campaign.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy may be leading the race for the division’s Golden Boot, but where does the Foxes’ forward rank in terms of minutes-per-goal?
Here are the six players with the best minutes-per-goal ratios in the Premier League this season:
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – Arsenal (136 minutes-per-goal)
Joint-winner of the Golden Boot last season, Arsenal’s Aubameyang has enjoyed another fine season in England’s top-flight and is currently the nearest challenger to Vardy in the race to finish as the divison’s leading scorer.
The Gabon international has fired 17 league goals despite the north London side’s indifferent campaign, and fears are growing over whether the Gunners will be able to maintain the services of a player who has scored 49 league goals in just 74 appearances since moving to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang’s haul this season has come at an average of 136 minutes-per-goal, the 30-year-old seeking to become just the seventh player to retain the Golden Boot.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (134 minutes-per-goal)
Romelu Lukaku’s summer departure for Inter Milan added greater goalscoring responsibility on the shoulders of Marcus Rashford, a player whose previous highest tally in the Premier League had been just 10 goals prior to his season.
The England international has flourished as United’s main man, however, enjoying the best goalscoring campaign of his career and emerging as a talismanic figure for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Rashford had scored 19 goals in all competitions – 14 of which came in the Premier League at an average of 134 minutes-per-goal – before a stress fracture in his back halted his progress and left him facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
Rashford since OGS was appointed Man Utd manager (PL forwards rank):
140 total shots taken (3rd)
63 shots on target (2nd)
21 goals scored (5th)
18 shots from fast breaks (1st)
6 goals from fast breaks (1st)
5 penalties won (1st)
Apprentice. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ivo79uWvHC
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 16, 2020
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City (134 minutes-per-goal)
Level with Rashford is cross-city rival Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian international a regular source of goals for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.
The 22-year-old has had to settle for a role as back-up to Sergio Aguero for much of his time at the Etihad, though he has regularly shown his goalscoring prowess when handed an opportunity.
Jesus has scored 37 Premier League goals in just 48 starts since arriving at City from Palmeiras – including 10 for the season so far – his ratio of a goal every 134 minutes this season the joint-fourth best of any player in England’s top flight.
Mason Greenwood – Manchester United (129 minutes-per-goal)
One of the breakthrough stars of the campaign, Greenwood’s seamless adaptation to life in the first-team at Old Trafford has been one of the real positives of a mixed season so far.
The teenager has thrived when given an opportunity for the Red Devils, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer describing the 18-year-old academy graduate as the best finisher at the club.
Those natural goalscoring instincts have been demonstrated by 11 goals in all competitions, five of which have come in the Premier League in just four starts and at an average of a goal every 129 minutes.
Only two players to have scored 3+ goals this season can better that ratio, Greenwood amongst the most promising young talents in the country at present.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester (117 minutes-per-goal)
The leading goalscorer in the Premier League at present is Leicester talisman Vardy, the 33-year-old arguably enjoying the best season of his career to fire the Foxes into the division’s top four.
Vardy’s goals have spearheaded Brendan Rodgers’ side’s push towards an unlikely Champions League qualification, scoring 19 times for the season so far at an average of a goal every 117 minutes.
The forward’s fine form has now moved him within just one goal of joining the Premier League’s exclusive ‘100 club’, Vardy on the verge of reaching a landmark century of top flight goals.
Jamie Vardy in the Premier League this season so far |
26 – Games Played
19 – Goals Scored
4 – Assists Provided
Total 99 top-flight goals. One strike away from his century. pic.twitter.com/ClvqUuHJWd
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Sergio Aguero – Manchester City (88 minutes-per-goal)
Business as usual for Manchester City’s all-time record goalscorer, who has now eclipsed Arsenal great Thierry Henry as the highest scoring foreign player in Premier League history.
Fourth overall in the rankings at present, it has been another fine individual campaign for the Argentine who also set a new landmark for most Premier League hat-tricks with a treble against Aston Villa earlier this year.
The proud owner of the best goal-per-game ratio of any player with over 100 goals in Premier League history, Aguero has continued to fire at a rate no player can match scoring his 16 league goals at an average of one every 88 minutes so far this season.
Three short of Vardy in the race to secure the second Golden Boot of his career, the 31-year-old will fancy his chances given a run of games towards the end of the campaign.