Harry Kane may be leading the Premier League scoring charts, but the Tottenham Hotspur striker is back in third when his goals are measured in terms of importance.
A study conducted by news.bwin in order to ascertain whose net-bulging proficiency has won their team the most points left Kane trailing Leicester City duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy – 40/1 and 6/1 to be the division’s 2015/16 top goalscorer respectively – both of whom have notched more match winners this term.
Each top-tier player had their respective goal hauls assessed in reflection to our formula that attributes points for the following: five for a winning goal, three for a goal scored in a game that, if no more were registered, would’ve ended in a draw and one for a goal that established a two goal lead.
All other goals that didn’t contribute to a team’s winning of points were disregarded as consolation efforts and this is what it left us with:
While Kane ties with the pacesetters on 48 points, he falls behind the Foxes twosome on account of scoring just four winning goals, a figure that means just 18% of his 22 league strikes have directly won Spurs the spoils.
With 44% of his strikes enabling Leicester to pocket three points, mercurial playmaker Mahrez is second only to Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic as the most effective match-winner in the Premier League.
The ponytailed Austrian has won the Potters three points with half of his ten league goals to date, but of our top-ten breakdown, he isn’t the player who has scored the greatest percentage of his team’s winning goals.
That mantle falls to an Aston Villa ‘goalscorer’, though, counter intuitively, not to one of the the second-city side’s own representatives.
Opposition players putting through their own net have accounted for 67% of the Villans’ laurel-gaining strikes in their increasingly-regrettable 2015/16 campaign.
In terms winning-goal specialists, the Premier League star with the highest percentage of decisive strikes to total goal haul is late-blooming West Ham United winger Michail Antonio.
The Irons’ 26-year-old wide man has been on target six times this season, but four of these led to the Irons claiming maximum points.