Top Premier League Strike-Rates 1992-2010

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  1. THFC6061

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    Here's a table of the top all-time Premier League strike-rates from 1992-2010.
    The table only includes players who appear in the Top 100 goals table (39 or more goals scored), otherwise players like Danny Rose would have a strike-rate of a goal per game!
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    (Players in bold = active during season 2009-10)


    It's interesting that Darren Bent has a better strike-rate than Wayne Rooney.


    And that Robbie Keane has a better strike rate than Dimitar Berbatov.
    Full table available here (scroll down to middle of page):


    http://www.myfootballfacts.com/Statistical_Analysis_of_Top_100_Premier_League_Goalscorers.html


  2. GranCanMan

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    Rooney was never a prolific goal scorer before this season and has always played deep, or wide at United in general. His goal stats only tell half trhe story regarding his playing style and ability. Bare in mind also, that this table will take into account his time at Everton, where he played 67 league games, but only scored 15 goals. The same goes for Berbatov, for that matter, with regards to the role he plays on the pitch. "Goal scorer" wouldn't be the word I'd choose to describe his style and value on the pitch.

    Darren Bent is a classic #9. By rights his goals/game ratio should be high, which it is. He's scored goals at every club he's played for, Tottenham aside, where it didnt quite work out for him as everybody might have hoped.
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    There is a significant difference in strike-rates between the leader, Torres and the next highest players still playing in the Prem - Drogba, Owen and Adebayor. The difference is not marginal at all, 1.41 for Torres and then a gap of > 0.6 to Drogba's 2.05. Considering that Torres has never taken a penalty in the Prem and this figure is even more amazing.

    It should also be pointed out that this season, Torres' strike rate was his best yet in England - 1.22 games per goal. His strike rate improved this season despite his injury and fitness problems. This would indicate that Prem defences have not been able to adapt to counter Torres' goal-threat after his initial season, as some had claimed would happen.
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    The more games you play, the more your average is going to drop. Torres has been used fairly sparingly in the last 2 seasons due to injury, but when he has played he's bagged his goals. His average is very good, but if Liverpool can ge him fit and playing regularly, I'd expect to see his average drop slightly.

    Truth be told though, he's the best striker in the country when fit, along with Drogba.


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    Maybe his average will drop, although on the flip side with full fitness should also come more chances. Plus considering his age, he is not yet at his peak.
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    Not sure about this any more. Classicly players have hit their peak between the ages of 28 and 31, but I think there may be a shout for this average to be getting younger. As the game has headed towards a more atghletic approach I think we'll see "peaks" come down in terms of age.

    Torres' biggest weakness is his hamstringts, and these things seldom get better with age. Unless he takes up yoga with Giggs, although I'm sure the Spanish and Liverpool physio's have investigated every possible solution.
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    I disagree about the peaks. As medical techniques improve as well as the increased adoption of sport science regarding physical preparation, a players playing career is extended. Throw into that lighter footballs, better surfaces and the rules being changed to protect players more from robust challenges and players reaching their late 30's will become more common. As players are more protected and have better medical treatment there is no reason to expect peaks to come down but rather the reverse.

    The Premiership is the most athletic league imo. It is already more athletic than 10 years ago, and certainly more athletic than other leagues. So the growing importance of athletic ability will have more of an impact in other leagues such as Italy and Spain in the years to come, as the Prem is already in the situation where the emphasis on athletic ability is vital.

    As for Torres' hamstring, yes it is true he had problems with them in 2008 but since then his injuries have been groin, ankle and knee problems. There has been no reoccurance of his hamstring problems since Nov 2008 AFAIK. Looking forward, Liverpool have just recruited a renowned Australian Doctor, Dr Brukner who literally wrote the (text) book on Clinical Sports Medicine. He is one of the leading Doctors in the field of Sports Medicine and after the World Cup (where he is with the Socceroos), Brukner will join LFC and bring his expertise. Torres (and the other players) will be in the very best of hands wrt sports medicine techniques and best practices for physiotherapy.
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    True. It all seems to cancel each other out. The game is getting more athletic, but the medical advances are improving a players career length, and physical abilities all the time.
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    But you cannot deny that strikers do seem to fizzle out earlier these days. Midfield and defense is where the longevity seems to be apart from goalies who can last until 40.

    Not too many strikers above the age of 31/32 anymore. Fowler, Owen, Henry, Sheva all faded as they neared 30.

    RvN and Inzhagi are exceptions these days. Shearer was older when he retired. The last player I recall in the EPL doing well at that age was Sheringham. Kevin Philips had a decent season I guess.
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    Drogba's 32.
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    Good call, I almost forgot him.

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