Premier League top scorers ranked by shot conversion

Premier League top scorers with four goals or more feature on this list…

13) Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)
Shot conversion: 22%
Shot accuracy: 53%
Goals: 8
xG: 7.16

Bamford has taken more shots than any other Premier League player and nobody has missed more Opta-defined Big Chances than Bamford, but he will embrace those statistics in a season when he might have already surpassed most expectations.

12) Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Shot conversion: 26%
Shot accuracy: 52%
Goals: 8
xG: 7.15

He takes a good third of his shots from outside the penalty area and that kind of shoot-on-sight policy does not earn a great shot conversion rate. Not that he will care; his Spurs team is top of the league and he was brilliant against Arsenal on Sunday.

11) Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
Shot conversion: 29%
Shot accuracy: 65%
Goals: 5
xG: 2.63

Things are going really rather well for Jota, who is truly thriving in this Liverpool side.

10) Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Shot conversion: 32%
Shot accuracy: 47%
Goals: 6
xG: 6.11

No goals in his last two games (including a missed penalty against West Ham) means Watkins is sliding down this list. Only Bamford, Oli McBurnie and Chris Wood have missed more Big Chances this season.

9) Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Shot conversion: 33%
Shot accuracy: 67%
Goals: 7
xG: 4.90

He takes more shots than most strikers, with over half coming from outside the area. This is what happens when you decide that you basically have to do everything yourself. Marcus Rashford’s shot conversion rate? 18%. Ouch.

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8) Mo Salah (Liverpool)
Shot conversion: 35%
Shot accuracy: 65%
Goals: 9
xG: 6.56

After a season ever-so slightly off the pace in which Sadio Mane took centre stage, Salah is back being bloody brilliant again. Surely one of the greatest bargains of the last five years?

7) Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Shot conversion: 35%
Shot accuracy: 68%
Goals: 11
xG: 8.82

Simply a very good striker having a very good season. Posting those numbers without being on penalty duty is astonishing.

6) Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
Shot conversion: 36%
Shot accuracy: 79%
Goals: 5
xG: 3.14

He takes as many shots as most strikers, but is far more accurate than most. The comparison with Rashford is obvious. Reports say it would now take over £100m to buy him from Villa.

5) Danny Ings (Southampton)
Shot conversion: 40%
Shot accuracy: 73%
Goals: 6
xG: 3.27

Southampton are up to fifth after a win over Brighton and the real difference between the two sides can be summed up by Ings with his 40% conversion rate and Neal Maupay with his 22%.

4) Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Shot conversion: 43%
Shot accuracy: 76%
Goals: 9
xG: 8.73

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Slowed down after a blistering start to the season but a nine-goal haul is still extraordinary from a player who actually takes fewer shots than Harvey Barnes.

3) Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Shot conversion: 47%
Shot accuracy: 60%
Goals: 7
xG: 5.13

On course for the best Premier League goal return of his career after Roy Hodgson finally gave him some attacking support. This Palace side is brilliant when the handbrake comes off.

2) Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)
Shot conversion: 47%
Shot accuracy: 53%
Goals: 7
xG: 6.78

Newcastle will remain clear of trouble for as long as Wilson stays fit. He has probably saved Steve Bruce’s job several times over already this season.

1) Son Heung-Min (Tottenham)
Shot conversion: 63%
Shot accuracy: 81%
Goals: 10
xG: 3.88

Those sort of numbers without penalties are surely unsustainable but, for now, enjoy Son and this astonishing season. The most bizarre thing? He is taking fewer shots than ever before.

Shot conversion rates come courtesy of the BBC. Any xG references are taken from understat.

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