Top ten Premier League top scorers by minutes per goal

Date published: Friday 30th April 2021 7:43 - Sarah Winterburn


It’s never just about the Premier League top scorers list; that’s usually dominated by the strikers who play every week. We also want to know who scores Premier League goals the most often. And we have set a minimum of six goals to weed out the freaks…


10) Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Goals: 14
Minutes: 2,330 minutes
Minutes per goal: 166

After 11 goals in his first 11 games of the season, there has been something of a slowdown. But it has still been a breakthrough season for Calvert-Lewin, who has probably suffered from a lack of rest/competition. That problem might be fixed this summer.


9) Ilkay Gundogan
Goals: 12
Minutes: 1,860 minutes
Minutes per goal: 155

Ten goals came in 12 games at the turn of the year and although things have since returned to something approaching normality, the German remains City’s top scorer in a season when they have cruised to the title. Football does not always make sense.


8) Alexandre Lacazette
Goals: 13
Minutes: 1,863 minutes
Minutes per goal: 143

The 29-year-0ld Frenchman remains largely unloved at Arsenal but he also remains on course for his best goalscoring season since arriving in north London. “He really glues the team together and that’s a quality that is not easy for a striker. He’s got it,” says his manager Mikel Arteta, fattening him up for that summer sale.


7) Edinson Cavani
Goals: 8
Minutes: 1,137 minutes
Minutes per goal: 142

Manchester United have finally got themselves a proper No.9. One that moves, heads footballs, scores goals and everything. Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just has to keep him. So said Ian Watson last week.


6) Mo Salah
Goals: 20
Minutes: 2,630 minutes
Minutes per goal: 132

“Salah, unbelievable player as well, scores lots of goals. But they’re not natural finishers, they’re not someone that you can hang your hat on.” Oh Michael Owen, you absolute [redacted].

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5) Harry Kane
Goals: 21
Minutes: 2,632 minutes
Minutes per goal: 125

It’s little wonder he is reportedly ‘hell bent’ on leaving Spurs for Premier League rival. He has been too good for too long to be playing outside of the Champions League and challenging for nothing but Golden Boots.


4) Diogo Jota
Goals: 8
Minutes: 954 minutes
Minutes per goal: 119

They were second when he got injured in December and sixth when he came back in March. His fitness will ensure Liverpool come back stronger next season without spending money they really do not have.


3) Jesse Lingard
Goals: 9
Minutes: 970 minutes
Minutes per goal: 108

Just look at those numbers. Manchester United must resist the urge to squeeze that success; sell him for good money and let him fly.


2) Gareth Bale
Goals: 6
Minutes: 642 minutes
Minutes per goal: 107

Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Southampton. He is a hell of an expensive flat-track bully. But six goals from an xG of just 2.97 is still pretty damned impressive.


1) Kelechi Iheanacho
Goals: 10
Minutes: 1,060 minutes
Minutes per goal: 106

Fresh from hitting double figures for the first time in his career, Iheanacho could yet be the £25m bargain we all predicted back in 2017. The last time he started a Champions League game, he scored against his current manager’s Celtic side; it bodes very well for next season.

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