10) Mark Noble (West Ham) – 6
The answer to the question you are all asking is ‘five’. Yes, five of those six goals in 2019 were penalties. Still, that means he has scored more Premier League goals than actual strikers Andre Gray and Glenn Murray, with whom he shares the roughly 0.01% chance of ever being called up to England now.
Since the start of March Manchester United have scored as many PL goals as Jamie Vardy & Mark Noble combined 👏
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) August 31, 2019
9) Troy Deeney (Watford) – 6
No goals thus far this season for Deeney, who was the subject of hopeful cries for an England call-up 12 months ago when Watford were quite a lot better than they are now. “I think Troy is a player who really suits the way that Watford play,” said Gareth Southgate, dismissing the big man with the most back-handed of compliments.
8) James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) – 7
Astonishingly, he played for England as recently as March after a ridiculous purple patch of six goals in nine games gave Southgate little choice but to call up the 24-year-old. He has since been overtaken by sexy young things James Maddison and Mason Mount.
7) Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 7
Ah, here’s the man on £200,000 a week at Manchester United, with an almost identical minutes-per-goal rate to Deeney. Four of his seven 2019 goals came in the first month of action with just one more strike coming in the final weeks of the season when club and player’s seasons both fell apart. Scored twice on the opening day of this season against Chelsea but looked so, so poor against Southampton on Saturday.
Premier League Strikers Compared
Aguero = 6 goals from 13 shots = 46%
Abraham = 4 from 11 = 36%
Pukki = 5 from 14 = 36%
Martial = 2 from 8 = 25%
Salah = 3 from 13 = 23%
Aubameyang = 3 from 13 = 23%
Rashford = 2 from 16 = 12.5%
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) September 5, 2019
6) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – 7
He might have edged towards double figures had he not missed six weeks with a knee injury. “He’s a threat in terms of running in behind defences,” said Southgate when he gave him his maiden England call last November. But he should really be scoring more; only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed more Big Chances last season in the Premier League.
5) Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 7
That those seven goals have come in just 12 games tells a story of two strands: A consistent goalscorer held back by persistent injury. Questions have been asked this week about whether Kane still fits in with Tottenham’s favoured style of play, but it would be a brave manager who decided to drop him. In truth, Mauricio Pochettino should have been that brave man for the Champions League final.
4) Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 8
The boy is special. Three games into the new Bundesliga season, Sancho already has two goals and three assists. At just 19, he is already pretty much a shoo-in for this England side. Right now, there is no compelling argument for Southgate choosing Rashford over the man that Manchester United covet.
Jadon Sancho per game in the Bundesliga this season:
3.7 successful take-ons
2.3 chances created
Ridiculous. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/WgoCAwOlWs
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 3, 2019
3) Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – 13
With almost double the goals of England’s actual strike options, Barnes has reason to curse his peak coming at 29 in an era when the England coach is not interested in anybody over the age of 27. It’s a shame because he really is quite brilliant right now. Don’t lump him in with the lumps.
2) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 13
How was he going to follow that season? With five goals in his first four games of the season, of course. How else? With Leroy Sane’s absence keeping Sterling on the left – where he has no real competition – he could well score 15 Premier League goals this side of Christmas.
1) Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 15
He’s 32, he has pretty much retired from England, but the man scores goals. And then more goals. And then more goals. Just as long as you keep the man happy.
14 – Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in 14 goals in 14 Premier League games under Brendan Rodgers (12 goals, 2 assists). Entrusted. pic.twitter.com/8tQyJOKr8S
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 31, 2019