This year’s Premier League Golden Boot race is a belter. After Mohamed Salah sauntered to the top last season – sure, Harry Kane’s superb 30-goal haul meant he finished only two behind, but he was never truly in the running after March – the 2018/19 campaign has half a dozen players with a real shot (pun intended).
But we know that you, discerning reader, want a little more than that. You care about goals and assists. And not only that – you care who provides them most regularly.
Who are the Premier League’s most productive player this season? We’re glad you asked…
15. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United – 121 minutes per goal contribution)
Averaging a goal or assist for every two hours of match action is hugely impressive at Rashford’s age. No wonder the 21-year-old has already made 104 Premier League appearances for Manchester United – as many as Teddy Sheringham and more than Dwight Yorke. Maybe he’ll win the Treble one day, too…
14. Anthony Martial (Manchester United – 118 minutes per goal contribution)
Martial and Rashford each have nine goals this season, but while Rashford has laid on more assists (six to Martial’s two), the Frenchman has played far fewer minutes. He’s been nothing short of clinical, peaking with October’s trio of superb low strikes to the corner against Newcastle, Chelsea and Everton.
13. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal – 116 minutes per goal contribution)
We promise this list isn’t entirely made up of players Jose Mourinho didn’t rate. Even if Mkhitaryan doesn’t play every week, 10 goal contributions at 116 MpGC (yes, we’ve made up this term) suggest it’s not hard to identify the winners of Arsenal and Manchester United’s little swap. Alexis Sanchez is on 198 MpGC, by the way, just below Luciano Vietto and Alvaro Morata.
12. Paul Pogba (Manchester United – 115 minutes per goal contribution)
All right, one more from the Mourinho pile. Pogba is our top 15’s only midfielder, which says a lot about what he can do when he’s either motivated or managed well, depending on your viewpoint. True, five of his 11 goals have been penalties, and his xG performance is actually sub-par, but the potency of his assists is off the scale.
11. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth – 113 minutes per goal contribution)
Only one penalty, since you ask. Eleven goals in total. Half a dozen assists. That England cap was fully deserved – and, naturally, he scored.
10. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool – 110 minutes per goal contribution)
Salah is the division’s joint-leading contributor, with 24 combined goals and assists; however, he has also played nearly every minute of Liverpool’s league campaign, explaining his low-ish placing. Still, 17 goals before April isn’t bad for a ‘disappointing second season’, is it? He was hardly going to score 28 by this stage two years running.
9. Harry Kane (Tottenham – 107 minutes per goal contribution)
Kane’s inability to experience goal droughts makes him our No.9, just as his ability to consistently find the corner of the net makes him an elite No.9… even if he does wear 10. He’s scored in 12 of his last 14 matches at all levels, which is remarkable.
8. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City – 106.6 minutes per goal contribution)
Jesus is the outlier here: for the third consecutive season he’s actually underperforming in terms of xG (and by some margin) and he’s the only player in this countdown with a single-figure tally: eight goals and assists. But then he has played only 30% of Premier League minutes available to him in 2018/19. While he’s excellent at finding goalscoring positions, his presence here arguably speaks more to City’s relentlessness in creating chance after chance.
ON THE NEXT PAGE… Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea – and the leading MpGCer in the Premier League!