Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal strikers struggling with goalscoring burden

Date published: Monday 26th April 2021 12:39 - Ian Watson

The attackers at Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are entitled to ask for a little help. At least Leeds’ defenders are covering for their abject lack of goals from midfield.

 

It is generally regarded as a good sign when goals are spread out throughout a team and the Premier League table seems to back that up, with the top three sharing their goals around. No particular unit is responsible for more than half of the total goals at Man City, Man Utd and Leicester.

That’s not the case, though, for Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, who are hugely reliant on their strikers for goals. So when the forwards are misfiring they are – to use a technical term – f***ed.

That trio and Leeds need desperately to source some goals from midfield this summer. Though Leeds’ defenders are doing their best to fill the void…

Premier League goal distribution by position

Highest proportion of goals scored by strikers:
Tottenham – 84%
Arsenal – 80%
Liverpool – 78%
Aston Villa – 72%
Burnley – 70%

Lowest proportion of goals scored by strikers
West Ham – 34%
Leicester – 41%
Man City – 44%
Chelsea – 45%
Man Utd – 47%


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Highest proportion of goals scored by midfielders:
Leicester – 45%
West Ham – 43%
Man City – 41%
Man Utd – 39%
Everton – 32%

Lowest proportion of goals scored by midfielders:
Leeds – 4%
Arsenal – 5%
Liverpool – 7%
Tottenham – 9%
West Brom – 10%


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Highest proportion of goals scored by defenders:
Leeds – 26%
Chelsea – 24%
West Ham – 19%
Brighton – 18%
Sheffield United, Wolves, Burnley – 17%

Lowest proportion of goals scored by defenders:
Tottenham – 5%
Leicester – 7%
Newcastle – 8%
Liverpool, Man Utd – 9%
Fulham, Southampton – 10%


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The breakdown for each Premier League club, ranked by total number of goals scored:

1) Manchester City
Defenders: 10 (Prem rank: 3=) 15%
Midfielders: 28 (Prem rank: 1) 41%
Forwards: 30 (Prem rank: 6=)  44%
Total: 69

 

2) Manchester United
Defenders: 6 (5=) 9%
Midfielders: 25 (3) 39%
Forwards: 30 (6=)  47%
Total: 64

 

3) Leicester City
Defenders: 4 (14=) 7%
Midfielders: 26 (2) 45%
Forwards: 24 (8=) 41%
Total: 58

 

4) Tottenham
Defenders: 3 (16=) 5%
Midfielders: 5 (14) 9%
Forwards: 47 (1) 84%
Total: 56

 

5) Liverpool
Defenders: 5 (9=) 9%
Midfielders: 4 (15) 7%
Forwards: 43 (2) 78%
Total: 55

 

6) West Ham
Defenders: 10 (3=) 19%
Midfielders: 23 (4) 43%
Forwards: 18 (16=) 34%
Total: 53

 

7) Chelsea
Defenders: 12 (1=) 24%
Midfielders: 14 (5=) 27%
Forwards: 23 (10) 45%
Total: 51

 

8) Leeds
Defenders: 12 (1=) 26%
Midfielders: 2 (18=) 4%
Forwards: 32 (4) 68%
Total: 47

 

9)Aston Villa
Defenders: 5 (9=) 11%
Midfielders: 6 (13) 13%
Forwards: 33 (5) 72%
Total: 46

 

10=) Arsenal
Defenders: 5 (9=) 11%
Midfielders: 2 (18=) 5%
Forwards: 35 (3) 80%
Total: 44

 

10=)Everton
Defenders: 6 (5=) 14%
Midfielders: 14 (5=) 32%
Forwards: 22 (11) 50%
Total: 44

 

12) Southampton
Defenders: 4 (14=) 10%
Midfielders: 12 (7) 30%
Forwards: 24 (8=) 60%
Total: 40

 

13) Newcastle
Defenders: 3 (16=) 8%
Midfielders: 11 (8) 30%
Forwards: 20 (13=) 56%
Total: 36

 

14=) Crystal Palace
Defenders: 3 (16=) 9%
Midfielders: 8 (9=) 24%
Forwards: 20 (13=) 61%
Total: 33

 

14=) Brighton
Defenders: 6 (5=) 18%
Midfielders: 8 (9=) 24%
Forwards: 18 (16=) 55%
Total: 33

 

16=) Wolves
Defenders: 5 (9=) 17%
Midfielders: 7 (12) 23%
Forwards: 16 (18) 53%
Total: 30

 

16=) Burnley
Defenders: 5 (9=) 17% 
Midfielders: 3 (16=) 10%
Forwards: 21 (12) 70%
Total: 30

 

16=) West Brom
Defenders: 6 (5=) 20%
Midfielders: 3 (16=) 10%
Forwards: 19 (15) 63%
Total: 30

 

19) Fulham
Defenders: 3 (16=) 10%
Midfielders: 8 (9=) 20%
Forwards: 13 (19) 63%
Total: 25

 

20) Sheffield United
Defenders: 3 (16=) 17%
Midfielders: 2 (18=) 11%
Forwards: 12 (20) 67%
Total: 18

 

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