Manchester City would be in the Premier League drop zone if only goals scored by Englishmen counted so far this term, while Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur would be in the bottom half, Liverpool would be top and Welsh giants Cardiff City would be sitting pretty in third place.
These are just some of the surprising results uncovered by bwin’s new ‘League of Your Own’ tool, which allows you to customise the top-flight table based on one or more of a multitude of variables.
As the debate over eligibility for the England national team continues to rage and thoughts start turning towards next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, we are constantly reminded that the pool of home-based talent available to boss Roy Hodgson is dwindling.
So we decided to have a bit of fun by investigating the impact English players have made on the Premier League since the opening weekend of the new season, specifically looking at the importance of the goals they have scored.
In other words, we removed all goals scored by non-English players in every game and then sat back as the tool re-calculated each result accordingly and provided an alternative table, which you can see below or by clicking here.
Perhaps the biggest shock was to see City, who currently sit fourth in the real table, slumped down in 18th place, with six ‘draws’, two ‘defeats’ and no ‘victories’ to their name.
Indeed, no English player has yet scored for Manuel Pellegrini’s men this term despite their league-high tally of 20 goals and with major question marks over game time for the likes of James Milner, Joleon Lescott, Jack Rodwell and Micah Richards, this is unlikely to change any time soon.
Meanwhile, current Premier League leaders Arsenal, of course, have historically been accused of failing to give young English talent its head.
And despite the folly of that suggestion – Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson are all regulars – they find themselves 12th in our custom table.
Indeed, it could have been worse for the Gunners were it not for Wilshere’s strikes in each of their two most recent games against West Brom and Norwich City.
Similarly, north London rivals Spurs would be in the relegation zone without man of the moment Andros Townsend’s goal at Villa Park on Sunday, which was their first by an Englishman this term.
Liverpool came out on top of the pile in this regard, thanks to the nine goals supplied by the division’s current top scorer Daniel Sturridge (seven) and Steven Gerrard (two), both of whom featured in the Three Lions’ recent wins over Montenegro and Poland.
Upwardly mobile Southampton jump four places to second, showing that despite the burgeoning success of boss Mauricio Pochettino’s continental philosophy, the talents of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana remain vital to their hopes.
Cardiff fans might not be too enamoured with the idea that Englishmen are key to their success, but would they be able to swallow their pride if a Champions League place was on offer?
The Bluebirds’ tally of six goals scored by English players can only be bettered by Liverpool, while Fulham (up 12 places to fifth), West Ham (up eight places to sixth) and Norwich (up ten places to eighth) are the other big winners in our alternative table.
Hell, even poor old Sunderland are in 11th place, not that it will be of any consolation to Gus Poyet right now, of course…
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