Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero, Charlie Austin, Alexis Sanchez, Wilfried Bony, Saido Berahino and Papiis Cisse. They all have more goals than Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen. Another six players in the top flight have the same number of goals as him.
But not all goals are born equal, and that makes Tottenham’s midfielder one of the most important players of the season.
From five-a-side level to the top flight of English football, any player, professional or not, will tell you there’s a big difference between a goal that wins a game, and a goal when your team is already home and dry. Similarly when the opposition are well ahead and contemplating which pub to have celebratory pints in, finding the net yourself doesn’t mean a great deal, and certainly doesn’t warrant the elaborate celebration you had been preparing all week.
We’ve crunched the numbers to see which Premier League player’s goals have won their team the most points this season, and it is Eriksen who comes out on top.
Eriksen has eight goals this season and, his strike has been the difference between winning and drawing against Southampton, Hull, Everton, Swansea, Leicester and Sunderland this season. Plus he bagged a goal in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw away to the Black Cats in September, turning a potential defeat into a draw.
In comparison Charlie Austin’s 13 goals have won QPR 10 points, Alexis Sanchez’s 14 goals have won Arsenal eight points, and Manchester City are seven points better off courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s 14 strikes this campaign.
Notably prolific strikers whose goals haven’t made a massive amount of difference include Diego Costa who, although leads the way with a whopping 17 goals this season, has only won Chelsea five points. Wilfried Bony has scored nine goals but only won Swansea an extra five points, while without Graziano Pelle’s eight strikes, Southampton would still be fourth only two points worse off than they are now.
That’s not to say these goals aren’t important. Clearly they are, and as any mediocre football pundit on the Match of the Day sofa would say, goals change games. But for the sake of argument, the stats are weighted in Eriksen’s favour.
There’s a certain trend to Tottenham’s victories this season – with seven of their 11 league wins finishing 2-1. Incredibly if you stuck £5 on them to win 2-1 each week this season you’d currently be up £203, which is an 84 per cent return on your investment! It is 9/1 for Tottenham to beat West Brom 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, but with Eriksen playing such a key role there’s the opportunity to add some jam.
In 71 per cent of Spurs’ 2-1 victories Eriksen has found the back of the net and he scored home and away against West Brom last season. While it is an ever so tempting 9/2 for Eriksen to score and Tottenham to beat the Baggies, we’re tempted to have a couple of quid on the midfielder to score first in a 2-1 win for Spurs at odds of 45/1.
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