The Premier League's most clinical striker revealed - Prepare to be shocked!

Carlton Cole

Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool stars all feature. Prepare to be shocked, for it's a maligned West Ham man who comes out on top.

We have witnessed a multitude of fine attacking displays this season, with a number of outstanding strikers on show.

Here we take a look at the most prolific forwards in the Premier League – who has been the most clinical over the course of the campaign?

I must just note two restrictions, the contenders are 1) required to have made 10 or more appearances, and 2) required to have scored at least five goals.

  TeamGoalsConversion Rate (%)AppearancesMinutes Played
Carlton Cole West Ham 6 28.57 26 845
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs 11 25.00 21 1,808
Dwight Gayle Crystal Palace 7 25.00 23 882
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool 21 21.21 29 2,275
Sergio Agüero Man City 17 19.77 23 1,539
Danny Welbeck Man Utd 9 19.57 25 1,459
Lukas Podolski Arsenal 8 19.51 20 1,172
Robin van Persie Man Utd 12 19.35 21 1,584
Eden Hazard Chelsea 14 19.18 35 2,895
Luis Suarez Liverpool 31 17.13 33 2,964

Carlton Cole’s position at the top of this list will surprise the vast majority of Premier League fans. Having been released and then re-signed by West Ham this season, the Englishman went on to score a total of six goals, converting just under one third of his chances.

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle also deserves a mention. Having broken the club’s previous record transfer fee, the youngster initially faced a number of critics. Nonetheless, he ended up top scorer for the club, despite starting only eight Premier League games.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been outstanding all season, contributing an outstanding 52 goals to the Reds’ title challenge. It’s no real shock that the duo feature at some point, although perhaps you’d expect the former to be higher than tenth.

Sergio Aguero is included too, despite spending almost the entire second half of the campaign on the side-lines. With 17 strikes in just 23 appearances, his goals per match ratio is also rather impressive.

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