“What’s another list we can come up with that has Harry Kane at the top?” “Err… highest percentage of his team’s goal involvements?” “Catchy. Sold.” So here it is then. Players who have scored or assisted the highest percentage of their team’s Premier League goals this season. No minimum requirements, but higher overall numbers has been used as a Sheffield United-and-West Brom-scuppering tie-breaker.
10) Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – 50%
Team goals: 16
Remember when Everton were title challengers? That was a wild few weeks, wasn’t it? Anyway, while that appears to have been somewhat premature – although it could all change again – Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s qualities appear more solid and his eight goals from Everton’s 16 this season see him edge out Raul Jimenez (four of Wolves’ eight goals), West Brom’s Matheus Pereira (two goals and an assist out of six) and Sheffield United pair Sander Berge (one goal and one assist out of four) and David McGoldrick (two goals) on higher overall numbers. Which as a tie-breaker is harsh but fair, we think you’ll agree.
9) Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – 50%
Team Goals: 18
One of only two players on this list with more assists than goals, Grealish has visibly thrived on the welcome arrival of additional creative and goalscoring outlets at Villa this season. And yet there he still is, directly involved at the business end as often as not. Only the ridiculous Harry Kane has more assists in the Premier League this season, and only 11 players have more goals. He’s a joy.
8) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 50%
Team Goals: 18
A rogue assist to go with his more predictable eight goals nudges Vardy up to involvement in precisely half of table-topping Leicester’s 18 goals this season. He’s still the absolute business as he pursues a second Premier League title and Golden Boot. Just imagine it.
7) Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – 52.6%
Team Goals: 19
You could make a decent case that if you’ve got one player involved in more than half your team’s goals then you’re getting close to “one-man team” status. But where does that leave Spurs then? A two-man team, I guess, with Son’s eight goals matched by only three other players this season, while a certain team-mate who, spoiler alert, pops up later on in this list is the only other player in double figures for combined goals and assists.
6) Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – 57.1%
Team Goals: 7
Two goals and two assists are enough to get Mitrovic on this list. Probably won’t even drop off it if he gets himself sent off given Fulham aren’t even bothering to score penalties these days.
5) Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 58.3%
Team Goals: 12
Five goals and two assists for Zaha, who has returned to his best form and been instrumental in a quietly impressive start to the season for Palace, although his percentage dropped a touch after contributing just a single assist in Saturday’s fine 4-1 win over Leeds.
4) Patrick Bamford (Leeds) – 64.3%
Team Goals: 14
Bamford improved his numbers in that game, though, and that’s the real quiz. Will definitely have ended those 90 minutes the happier man. And would have had even better numbers if he hadn’t put his bicep offside like a big idiot.
3) Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – 66.7%
Team Goals: 12
Three assists to go with his five goals in a Manchester United side that has managed only 12 all season. For all the understandable focus on defensive frailties after The Tottenham Incident, United’s attacking form has been every bit as mid-table. Right down to the apparent reliance on one talismanic figure to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.
2) Callum Wilson (Newcastle) – 70%
Team Goals: 10
Low-key one of the best signings of the summer, Wilson has already scored as many Premier League goals this season (six) as any Newcastle player managed in the whole of the last one. Chuck in an assist and the fact Newcastle have scored only 10 goals altogether (see previous sentence re. Newcastle’s goalscoring problem) and you’ve got the sort of numbers that would normally lock down top spot in this list no problem, even from only an eight-game sample. Except…
1) Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 78.3%
Team Goals: 19
Absolutely mental. He’s scored or assisted 15 of Tottenham’s 19 league goals this season. Put another way, that total of 15 is more goals than 13 entire Premier League teams have managed. Not bad for someone who’s basically just another Jermain Defoe. In all, Spurs have only scored three Premier League goals this season that didn’t directly involve either Kane or Son: Tanguy Ndombele’s scruffy equaliser and Serge Aurier’s crisp fifth at Old Trafford, and Gareth Bale’s winner from a Sergio Reguilon cross against Brighton.
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