5 Premier League stars with the best conversion rate (2020-21)
The 2020/21 Premier League season showcased some of the best forwards in world football – with the likes of Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes and Jamie Vardy dazzling fans worldwide. Some of the talents on this list will undoubtedly be in contention for the Golden Boot at the upcoming Euros and Copa America.
One of the most essential attributes of a forward is his shot conversion rate, along with shooting accuracy. Beyond the metrics of expected goals (xG), shot conversion rate helps us understand precisely how many shots find the back of the net. The best strikers in the history of the game have been the ones who have consistently managed to score goals – whenever they find the space to shoot.
On that note, let’s take a look at the 5 Premier League stars with the best conversation rate. The list only takes into account players with at least 10 Premier League goals in the 2020/21 season.
#5 Callum Wilson | 24.5%
Newcastle United forward Callum Wilson enjoyed one of his most productive seasons in front of goal in the 2020/21 footballing calendar.
Wilson is regarded as a fine attacking talent who has been clinical in front of goal. The 29-year old scored scored 12 goals this season, taking his overall tally in the Premier League past the half-century mark (53).
SB on Callum Wilson’s Player of the Year award:
“He’s got a dozen goals in 26 appearances which proves how valuable he is. He’s a really good player and we’ve seen his importance to the team. Let’s hope he can stay well. At the moment we look a very decent team going forward.” pic.twitter.com/B0zO5ry8Yt
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 21, 2021
Out of 49 shots taken in the 2020/21 Premier League season, Wilson registered 20 shots on target at a 41% shooting accuracy. In 28 appearances across all competitions this season, Wilson has an impressive conversion rate of 24.5% – with an average of 0.46 goals per PL match.
#4 Son Heung-min | 25%
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – Premier League
The South Korean international has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season – scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists. Those numbers have proven to be Son’s most productive season of his entire career.
Harry Kane 🏴 & Heung-Min Son 🇰🇷 have both recorded their best Premier League season for Spurs.
🏴 Harry Kane: ⚽ 23 goals and 🅰️ 14 assists
🇰🇷 Heung-Min Son: ⚽ 17 goals and 🅰️ 10 assists
What a season for them both! 🔥#COYS #THFC ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/aaFho4AAch
— SpursRelated™ (@Spurs_Related_) May 23, 2021
The 28-year old was one of Tottenham’s saviors this season – along with Kane and Bale – propelling Spurs to a Top 7 finish – above north London rivals Arsenal. Out of 68 shots taken in the 2020/21 Premier League season – Son has hit the target on 36 occasions – at a shooting accuracy of 53%.
The 28-year old has notched up a goal conversion rate of 25% – managing to find the net in one out of every four shots attempted in the Premier League. The dynamic duo of Son and Kane broke the record for most Premier League goal combinations in a single season – beating a 26-year-old record held by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton.
#3 Alexandre Lacazette | 28.9%
Despite a disappointing outing in the 2020/21 footballing calendar, Alexandre Lacazette was one of Premier League’s most clinical strikers this season – registering a 28.9% conversion rate.
The Frenchman endured a forgettable season with the Gunners – failing to create goalscoring opportunities. Despite making 31 Premier League appearances this season, Lacazette managed to register only 45 shots. That gives an output of 1.4 shots per game, which is subpar for a striker of his caliber.
Nonetheless, the 29-year has been extremely accurate whenever he has managed to find the space to shoot – racking up a stellar 64% shooting accuracy – with 29 shots on target. Lacazette has amassed a tally of 17 goals and 3 assists from 43 appearances across all competitions – scoring a goal every 144 minutes.
With an average of 0.42 goals per Premier League match, Lacazette has been directly involved in 15 goals (13 goals, 2 assists) in the PL season. Despite his impressive shot conversion stats, the Arsenal faithful expect a lot more from the Frenchman – especially in terms of converting chances in key moments.
#2 Gareth Bale | 29%
After a slow start to the season under Jose Mourinho, Gareth Bale has recreated his glory days at White Hart Lane – emerging as Tottenham’s third-highest goalscorer in just 34 appearances this season.
The Welshman moved to London on a loan spell from Real Madrid, but failed to impress Jose Mourinho in the first half of the season. Bale has made 20 Premier League appearances this season – out of which 10 came from the bench – accumulating a tally of 11 goals and 2 assists.
Gareth Bale only played 27% of the Premier League season in terms of minutes on the pitch, but he got things done ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/N6bZZS6enW
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 25, 2021
Bale averaged 0.55 goals per match from a total of 38 shots attempted. 19 of them were on target – earning him a shooting accuracy of 50%. The 31-year old recorded a conversion rate of 29% in the 2020/21 Premier League season – which included a game in which he scored 2 goals from 3 shots.
In 34 appearances across all competitions this season, Bale has been directly involved in 20 goals (16 goals, 4 assists).
#1 Edinson Cavani | 29.4%
Edinson Cavani has undoubtedly been Manchester United’s best signing of the 2020/21 season – continuing his exemplary goalscoring record in English football after a 7-year spell with PSG.
The Uruguayan featured mainly off the bench in the first half of the season – and notched up consistent performances in his limited playing time. Cavani scored 5 goals as a substitute this Premier League season – equalling the record held by his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for most goals as a substitute in a single PL season.
Top-notch performances from the bench earned Cavani a more consistent run in Manchester United’s starting XI, and he found a starting place in United’s Europa League finale against Villarreal.
In 26 Premier League appearances, Cavani has scored 10 goals at an average of 0.38 goals per Premier League match. The 34-year old is widely regarded as one of the most clinical finishers in European football – and has registered a 29.4% conversion rate with a 44% shooting accuracy in the Premier League this season.
Source: Football – Fairplay News
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