It’s the time of year when the player of the season debate rages, so obviously it wouldn’t do if Differentgame didn’t have an opinion.
Being different, we like to base our opinion in fact, and what better way to test the top scorers in the EPL than by giving them a good SPAMing? Doing this enables us to compare how many goals a player has actually scored, to what we could expect the average EPL player to score from the shots he’s had.
Here’s how it looks:
Well, our old chum Gareth Bale, comes out on top so far this season. He’s excelled in every area of the pitch – scoring above expectation from central inside the box, wide inside the box and obviously from outside the box both from open play and from free kicks. The only other player that can say the same is Robin van Persie.
Having looked at a number of strikers over several seasons we can confidently say that the only area players show anything like consistency in, is the central area inside the box. Players conversion rates fluctuate considerably in the other areas. One season they might be unbelievable at hitting the net from distance, then barely register from there the next.
The players in the graphic above are the “best” forwards this year, and they’ve all hit double figures this season. However, most aren’t actually performing that much better than expected. Take out the numbers prone to randomness and what are you left with? Is the concept of “Player of the Season” a little bit ridiculous? How much influence does one player really have on a team?
Paul Lambert said the other day that Christian Benteke was worth £25m. Looking at the Belgian’s numbers, we beg to differ.
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