In the very first training session at a young age, players are told ‘if you don’t shoot, you don’t score’. Here's a look at the top five ‘shots per game’ players in the Premier League, with a view to judging just how true that analogy is.
Luis Suarez – Liverpool – The return of Luis Suarez was a huge, huge boost to Liverpool joining Daniel Sturridge up front, the partnership earmarked by many as the best strike partnership in the Premier League.
The Uruguayan striker has been in explosive form since his return scoring 8 goals in 6 Premier League games, and has already shot himself to being joint top goal scorer in the division.
The underlying reason for his goals has to be pointed to his explosive nature in and around the box, averaging 6 shots per game, he has become a keeper's worst nightmare.
Andros Townsend – Tottenham – The young England international has come out of nowhere to becoming one of the most valued players in the division.
Claiming his first England start earlier in the year, the winger has shown signs of being able to replace the void left by Gareth Bale upon his departure to Real Madrid. Whilst he may not be at that standard yet, there is little doubt to his impact for Tottenham this season.
Despite only scoring 1 Premier League goal this season, he has registered on average 4.5 shots per game, whilst it shows that he may be pulling the trigger a little bit too early, it is encouraging to see him work into positions where he can get his shot off.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool – The young Brazilian has been touted as ‘the difference’ by many Liverpool fans and even the management.
Despite taking a little break from first team football due to injury, he has still been in exciting form for Rodgers and his men, who’ve enjoyed watching the 21-year-old progress this season. The player’s main concern will be to secure his place in the national team for the World Cup, in his home country.
The young player, like Townsend hasn’t been effective enough and will be hoping that it eventually starts clicking into place for him as goals will help his cause for a place in the Brazil squad. The former Internazionale midfielder has averaged 3.8 shots per game so far this season, but unfortunately has no goals to show for his efforts.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – The key man for Manchester City has been up there again, with his impressive form being a huge talking point for City fans and many pundits.
The Argentinian, like Coutinho will be wary of his form going into the World Cup as he looks to try and break into the starting 11, now a player of Aguero’s abilities should be able to get into any team in the world, but unfortunately for him at Argentina it’s not that straight forward, as he faces competition from the likes of; Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi, Palacio, Lamela, Tevez and Gaitan.
The Manchester City star hasn’t let anyone down yet though as he continues to crack the back of the net, and be a constant headache to both keepers and defenders. He is currently averaging 3.7 shots per game and that underlines his goalscoring record, in which he has scored 8 goals in 10 games.
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal – The Arsenal frontman has been in impressive form and has been integral to Arsenal’s start to the season, which sees them clear at the top of the league.
Previously described as shy in front of goal, when he first made the move from Montpellier in 2012, he has been quick to shake that tag off with an impressive run of months which has seen him consistently named as one of the best strikers in the division.
In a similar boat to Aguero, he will also be putting his name forward for a World Cup place and whilst the competition may not be as intense as that of Argentina, he will still need to oust Benzema, Remy, Gignac, Gomis and Lacazette if he is to keep hold of a first team place.
The French national hierarchy can have no complaints so far though, as he continues to impress his peers in the Premier League and has recorded an average of 3.6 shots per game which leaves him only second behind Andros Townsend in the total shots fired so far in the Premier League.
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