Premier League’s worst finishers 23/24: Marcus Rashford joins Bruno in top 10

Ian Watson
Marcus Rashford has taken 23 shots this season.
Marcus Rashford has taken 23 shots this season.

Here are the top 10 players owned by their xG through the opening weeks of the Premier League season. Chelsea and Man Utd both have two entries.

These are the Premier League stars whose goals tally lags their xG most. For the less fun list of players outstripping their xG numbers, go here.


1) Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa): -2.4
Expected goals: 2.4
Actual goals: 0

A hat-trick against Hibs counts for nothing in the Premier League. “It will definitely be my best year,” he said at the start of the season. Crack on, then.


2) Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea): -2.3
Expected goals: 3.3
Actual goals: 1

A billion quid spent and Jackson is the closest thing Chelsea have to a goalscorer. Which looks like being a problem for a few months. A Chelsea player finished last season at the top of this list.


3) Enzo Fernández (Chelsea): -1.5
Expected goals: 1.5
Actual goals: 0

A missed penalty against West Ham was bad enough but two shots on target from 11 attempted suggests you don’t get much for £100million-plus these days.


3) Neal Maupay (Brentford): -1.4
Expected goals: 1.4
Actual goals: 0

This will be far less of a surprise to Everton than the fact Brentford were willing to take Maupay off their hands on deadline day.


5) Pedro Neto (Wolves): -1.2
Expected goals: 2.2
Actual goals: 0

The winger, perennially linked with Arsenal, has been one of Wolves’ best players this season. Just not in front of goal seemingly.


6) Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace): -1.2
Expected goals: 2.2
Actual goals: 1

Has taken 23 shots. Which is a f*** of a lot for a non-striker.


7) Philip Billing (Bournemouth): -1.1
Expected goals: 1.1
Actual goals: 0

One shot on target from 11 attempts. Pass the ball to somebody else, fella.


8) Bruno Fernandes (Manchester Utd): -1.1
Expected goals: 2.1
Actual goals: 1

The point-blank header he skied against Tottenham had an xG of 3. Probably.


9) Marcus Rashford (Manchester Utd): -1.1
Expected goals: 2.1
Actual goals: 1

In some ways it is sweet that Fernandes and Rashford have the same record. In other ways, it’s indicative of just how sh*t Manchester United are right now. Rashford has taken 23 shots this season.


10) Fábio Silva (Wolves): -1.0
Expected goals: 1
Actual goals: 0

The £35million striker is back at Wolves from a couple of loan spells at Anderlecht and PSV, where he scored a combined total of 16 goals. But for Wolves, he’s still struggling badly to find his way to goal even though, on average, he’s shooting from less than 14 yards away from it.


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