Who does the stats say has been Everton’s best attacking player this season?

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

It has been a struggle for Everton this season, but who is doing his best to help put the ball in the net?

General view as the inside of Goodison Park is seen prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

A win over Watford gave Everton a bit of breathing space from the relegation places heading into the international break.

But there is little doubt the managerless Toffees remain someway off their desired league position.

Goals have been hard to come by, with just 10 scored in 11 games, three of which arrived in the win against the Hornets last time.

But, according to WhoScored’s stats, which Everton player is performing the best from an attacking point of view this term?

We’ve measured all stats on a per-90-minutes basis to level the playing field, with only Premier League performances considered.

Goals

Oumar Niasse continues to show Ronald Koeman he was wrong to be banished to the reserves, with his four goals in just 289 minutes of play, making him the clear leader in this category.

Whoever the new manager ends up becoming at Goodison Park, they’d be wise to persevere with the 27-year-old in the lineup.

Oumar Niasse of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool,...

Wayne Rooney is scoring at a rate of 0.4 goals per 90 minutes, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Leighton Baines are the only other league scorers in the squad.

Shots on target

There may not be many goalscorers in the side, but do Everton at least have accurate shooters, who may be due a hot streak in front of goal?

Well, Kevin Mirallas is the leader in this particular stat, but has only played 74 minutes in the league this season. His numbers (2.4 shots on target per 90 minutes) come with the caveat that they’re based on a miniscule sample.

Niasse, as you’d expect given his goalscoring, is next with 1.6 shots per 90 hitting the target, but, beyond him a lot of Everton stars are proving wasteful in front of goal.

Assists

Everton have just four assists as a team in the Premier League and only Southampton and Crystal Palace have less.

Given that we’ve just discovered the Toffees front men have bee failing to hit the target (Everton rank eighth in shots off target per 90), it’s easy to see why assists are low.

Key Passes

However, it is not for the lack of trying that the side’s creators are failing to get assists, because both Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson are playing 2 (or 2.1 in Rooney’s case) key passes per 90 minutes.

Nikola Vlasic, when he’s been on the field, has played 2.1 key passes too, and he could be worth handing more minutes to after the international break to inject further creativity from out wide.

Winner?

Oumar Niasse is certainly proving a lot of people wrong with his goal-scoring this season but, given his involvement in both finishing and setting up chances, Wayne Rooney looks the more important attacking player for the Toffees this term.

Wayne Rooney of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The former Manchester United captain ranks inside the top five in three of the four categories discussed and, if his teammates were better at sticking the ball in the back of the net, could have had an assist or two to feature in that list as well.

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