It’s an old age saying that if you don’t shoot, you won’t score and that has certainly been the mantra of these Premier League goalscorers over the opening weeks of the new campaign.
Premier League fans have been treated to a goal-rush during the 2020/21 season to date with several leading names thriving in attack, and we’ve decided to look at the players who have most often gone for goal so far.
Here are the five strikers with the most shots in the Premier League this season:
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 26 shots
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has flourished as the focal point of the Everton attack since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as manager a year ago, the Italian’s faith in the forward vindicated by his ever-improving displays.
After hitting a career-best 13 league goals last season the 23-year-old has begun the new season brilliantly, sitting joint-top of the Premier League’s scoring charts after netting eight times in just eight appearances.
Ancelotti has revealed how he has urged Calvert-Lewin to refine his game and stay in central areas, and it appears the advice has worked wonders with the star regularly finding himself in dangerous positions.
The star has scored eight goals from 26 shots so far this season, whilst he has also transferred that form onto the international stage after earning his first senior cap last month, scoring twice in four appearances for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side.
Aleksandr Mitrovic – 29 shots
Aleksandr Mitrovic will be tasked with firing Fulham to survival this season, with the Serbian striker having been the club’s chief goal threat over the past three seasons.
Mitrovic’s last venture into the Premier League saw him take 131 shots during the 2018/19 season, the second-highest figure in the Premier League behind only Mohamed Salah.
The 26-year-old has continued his shoot-on-sight policy during the current campaign and has fired 29 shots for the season so far, scoring twice in eight league appearances for the west Londoners.
Mitrovic’s huge haul of shots was unable to prevent Fulham’s relegation two seasons ago despite a respectable tally of 11 Premier League goals, and the forward will be hoping for better support this time around as Scott Parker’s side bid to beat the drop.
Patrick Bamford – 29 shots
Leeds’ promotion last season saw the club return to the Premier League following a 16-year absence, their return so far featuring a career-best run of form for Patrick Bamford.
There were many who felt the 27-year-old would be squeezed out of the Leeds side this season despite his role in their Championship-winning campaign, the club-record signing of Rodrigo threatening his position at the head of Marcelo Bielsa’s attack.
Bamford has responded with a brilliant run of form that has catapulted him into England contention, however, scoring seven times in eight appearances as the spearhead of an attack-minded side.
Bamford’s tally has come from 29 shots on goal with only two players across the division managing more, his xG – excluding penalties – of 0.74 impressively the highest in the division, ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Kane.
Mohamed Salah – 34 shots
Few will be surprised to see the name of Mohamed Salah on this feature, a player who often appears to be playing with blinkers on when within the widths of the opposition goal posts.
Salah’s tendency to shoot on sight has seen him top the Premier League rankings for shots in each of the past two seasons, registering an astonishing figure of 303 efforts on goal since the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
The Egyptian international’s willingness to let fire has seen him compile a phenomenal goalscoring record throughout his time at Liverpool, however, with the two-time Golden Boot winner currently the joint-leading scorer in the division on eight goals and in pursuit of a third career accolade.
Only one player has managed more than his 34 shots so far this season, a player who stands as perhaps his greatest competition to finish as the Premier League’s leading scorer.
Harry Kane – 38 shots
No player in the Premier League has attempted more shots on goal than Tottenham’s Harry Kane, the forward having been amongst the league’s leading lights over the opening months of the season.
Kane has been in sensational form for the north London side to provide 15 goals contributions in just eight appearances, scoring seven times to sit just one behind the leaders in the race for the Golden Boot.
The England captain has dovetailed superbly with Son Heung-Min for a Spurs side that currently sit second under Jose Mourinho, though his prolific number of shots has not come as a result of selfishness, with Kane’s eight Premier League assists also the most in the division.
The 27-year-old is arguably playing the best football of his career at present with his mix of creative quality and goalscoring threat, his form and fitness essential to Spurs’ hopes of ending their long wait for major silverware this season.