Chelsea star stakes early claim as Premier League's most clinical attacker

Gary Cahill Chelsea Diego Costa Atletico

A month into the 2014/15 Premier League campaign we've had a good chance to see some of the early contenders for the season's Golden Boot award.

 

A great goalscorer is ultimately made by his ability to convert chances, therefore, this article looks at the top flight's most clinical forwards, thus far. Who has proven the most deadly in front of goal?

Note: This article holds just one restriction - the contenders are required to have fashioned at least five attempts on goal.

  TeamPosShot Conversion RateTotal ShotsGoalsAppsMins
Diego Costa Chelsea FW 44.44 9 4 3 260
Steven Naismith Everton FW 42.86 7 3 3 270
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 33.33 6 2 3 270
Leonardo Ulloa Leicester FW 33.33 6 2 3 239
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 28.57 7 2 3 119

Chelsea's £32 million summer signing Diego Costa is certainly enjoying his start to life in the Premier League. With just three matches played, the Spaniard has already found the back of the net on four occasions. Unsurprisingly, he surpasses all opposition when it comes to taking his goal scoring chances. 

The striker is blessed with the ability to either use his strength to fend off defenders or run in behind the back four, and while Jose Mourinho's side struggled for goals last season, the former Atletico Madrid forward's arrival at Stamford Bridge seems to have been the perfect solution. 

Steven Naismith ranks closely behind Costa in terms of the percentage of chances he has converted, he has been Everton's best player in the opening stages of their Premier League campaign, scoring in each of their first three games. The Scot has filled in for the injured Ross Barkley to fantastic effect, impressing with his pure work-rate and effort.

Despite Morgan Schneiderlin's attempts to leave St Mary's during the summer window, he has emerged as a key contributor to the south coast club's positive form. He has started each of the Saint's opening three league games, scoring twice in a 3-1 over West Ham. In third place, he has buried 33% of his total attempts.

Leonardo Ulloa has proven highly effective since his arrival at Leicester. After driving home a well-taken goal against Everton on the opening day of the season, he caused a few problems at Chelsea before heading an equaliser against a stuttering Arsenal. His two strikes have seen him convert one third of his total chances, thus far. 

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero rounds off the top five, having finished two of his seven total attempts. Both of his strikes have come as a substitute this season. He scored against Newcastle on the opening day, before scoring within 23 seconds after coming off the bench versus Liverpool.

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