Name one thing Jermain Defoe, Mark Albrighton, Damien Delaney, Vincent Kompany and Miguel Layun have in common?
All four stand a greater chance of being the 2015/16 Premier League top goalscorer than Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Christian Benteke, Harry Kane or Wayne Rooney.
That’s according to a trend spanning the 23 years of the division’s Sky Sports-shilling incarnation at least…
How? No fewer than 15 of those to finish as season-leading marksmen during that time had opened their accounts on the first weekend of the campaign.
No fewer than 26 players found the net during the first matchweek, with Yaya Toure (40/1) and Riyad Mahrez (as yet unquoted) the only men to bag more than once.
The Ivorian apart, just one other player inside of three-figure odds in the top-score betting found the net.
Graziano Pelle was that man and while he remains a 50/1 shot to be top gun, a greater degree of support in the Southampton goalscoring department this term could see him throw down a serious challenge at long odds.
Pelle started his St Mary’s career like a good-looking bull in a china shop, bagging six times in as many Premier League outings after a two-game acclimatisation period.
He also ended the campaign with four goals in eight, yet in between those two periods of productivity he suffered a barren spell of just three goals in 23 league appearances.
Amidst that purgatorial patch there was a period in which he went 17 domestic games without inciting an opposition goalkeeper to pick the bones out of anything whatsoever.
Tiredness, in his first campaign at Premier League level, undoubtedly played it’s part in his mid-season malaise.
Luckily, this season, Southampton have reinforced their attack to the tune of two strikers – new signing Juanmi and long-term injury returnee Jay Rodriguez.
Their presence, while not being direct understudies for the Pelle role, will likely mean he is rested more often and therefore less liable to fall victim to fatigue this time around.