Charlton man tops Nottingham Forest and Derby stars in conversion chart

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Charlton Athletic man tops the Championship conversion chart ahead of leading lights from Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers.

The Championship is loaded with players who know their way to the back of the net, with four having already broken into double figures in terms of goals scored.

There are a further five to have found the target on eight or more occasions, with it no surprise to find that those clubs blessed with the greater firepower currently sit among the second tier frontrunners.

Who, though, is the most deadly marksman? Who needs no second invitation when presented with a clear sight of the target?

Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town boast the most prolific frontmen in the division, but it is the likes of Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth who make the most of the opportunities which come their way.

In fact, a man who cost just £2.4 million tops the charts, with a Belgium-born Angola international at The Valley showing the rest how it should be done.

  TeamGoalsTotal Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Britt Assombalonga Forest 10 55 17 1,484
Rudy Gestede Blackburn 10 56 15 1,167
Chris Martin Derby 10 56 17 1,530
Daryl Murphy Ipswich 10 58 16 1,430
Michail Antonio Forest 9 58 17 1,419
Callum Wilson Bournemouth 9 44 17 1,473
Cameron Jerome Norwich 8 43 13 1,006
Grant Leadbitter Middlesbrough 8 27 16 1,344
Igor Vetokele Charlton 8 24 15 1,161

Charlton forward Igor Vetokele has fired in just 24 efforts on goal this season, but has seen eight of those find the target – a conversion rate of an impressive 33.3 per cent.

Middlesbrough’s Grant Leadbitter also catches the eye with a strike rate of 29.6 per cent, with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson fully justifying his recent England U21 call-up as 20.5 per cent of his shots beating the keeper.

Britt Assombalonga is the pick of those on 10 for the season, with a man Nottingham Forest were prepared to spend £5 million on over the summer boasting a scoring percentage of 18.2 - while his City Ground colleague Michail Antonio manages only 15.5.

Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede, Derby’s Chris Martin and Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy are all around the 17 per cent mark, with Norwich City’s Cameron Jerome bettering them slightly with a return of 18.6 from his 43 attempts.

All of the clubs mentioned will be hoping these standards can be maintained as they push for promotion, with just seven points separating the table-topping Rams from arch-rivals Forest in 11th.

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