Top 5 chance conversion rates of Premier League strikers

Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool players feature in this list.

Fans can often be disappointed with their team's strikers when they don't take their chances. Some strikers have a much higher conversion rate than others though and you will be surprised to see who features on this list. So far in the Premier League this season it has taken 9.91 shots to score a goal on average. Here are the top five in descending order:

1) Emmanuel Adebayor - Conversion rate of 33%

Adebayor has certainly taken his chances very well this season, and has made the most of the opportunity afforded to him by Tim Sherwood. He has scored five goals in just seven league appearances so far. His conversion rate is phenomenal. He has scored with a third of his shots. Now given that he has just had 15 shots it doesn't sound like much, but it is still a great rate. His goals have been key in Spurs' recent successes under Sherwood. He has found a new lease of life under the manager, and fans will be hoping he can continue his great form.

2) Nicklas Bendtner - 25%

A name that will take us all by surprise. Often given stick for his comments about saying he should be playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona etc. His stats actually show that he could be a valuable player for them. In his eight appearances though he has only managed ten shots on goal, and two have gone in. The last one of those was a tap in, so the figures don't necessarily represent a striker's true skill in the Premier League. However he can only take the chances he gets from his limited game time so let's not be too dismissive of Bendtner.

3) Danny Welbeck - 24.2%

Again another striker often criticised for not scoring enough goals. Before picking up his form in recent months he went through a tough spell with minimal goals for Manchester United whereas he was more successful for England. However Welbeck is often played out wide, but has taken his chances when Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are unavailable. Eight goals so far this season, more than Adebayor and Bendtner combined. Converting just under one of every four chances is a great return for the 23-year-old.

4) Daniel Sturridge - 23.4%

Finally a name you would expect on this list. Sturridge started the season in fantastic form and was unfortunate to pick up an injury that stopped him adding even more goals to his tally. He has managed 11 goals from his 14 appearances in the league, with a conversion rate of 23.4%. Again just under one in four shots are finding the back of the net. Liverpool have been very thankful that Sturridge and Suarez have been converting their chances well.

5) Luis Suarez 22.9%

This so far represents the Uruguayan's best conversion rate in his four seasons at the club. When he joined in 2011 his percentage for the last few months of that season was 7.3%. Last season was his best so far as he converted 12.3% of his chances. This year he has been absolutely superb. Converting 22.9% of his shots, and let's not forget that some of those goals have been crackers from long range. Liverpool midfielders will feel comfortable in the knowledge that they don't have to create many chances before Sturridge or Suarez are likely to score one.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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