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Is Leicester’s Jamie Vardy the deadliest player in the league, and how much money has he put in your pocket?

We've crunched the figures to find out which Premier League star is the most lethal in front of goal, and who you should be backing to find the onion bag each week

by Josh Powell | November 25, 2015

The hype machine is out in full force for Jamie Vardy, as the Leicester City man – fueled by a rags-to-riches story of non league to top flight football – aims to break Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of consecutive Premier League goals against non other than Manchester United. If Vardy can find the onion bag on Saturday evening he’ll have scored in 11 Premier League games on the spin, and guaranteed himself the honour of being an obscure answer to many a pub quiz question over the next 30 years.

But, is he the deadliest man in the Premier League? Our stats say no (Sorry Leicester fans). In fact Vardy doesn’t even make the top five…

We’ve looked at all 118 players who have attempted more than 10 shots this season and figured out who has the highest conversion rate – and thus can be crowned ‘The Premier League’s Deadliest Player’. Jamie Vardy’s 13 goals from 54 attempts give him a conversion rate of 24.07 per cent, and just enough for eighth spot.

Top of the charts is Callum Wilson, Bournemouth’s star man who unfortunately looks set to be sidelined until mid-March at best. He scored five goals from a mere 12 shots, giving him a lethal strike rate of 41.67 per cent. Following in close behind is Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum who has six goals from 17 shots (35.29 per cent conversion rate) and the unlikely man rounding out the top three is Norwich defender Russell Martin.

Martin has three goals from just 10 attempts this year, and that also makes him one of the best players to back this season. A 5 each-way punt on Martin every week would see punters €176.25 up, and he tops the table of profitable players this year. Vardy is a close second pocketing punters a very tidy 140 so far – just in time for the run up to Christmas. In fact Vardy is joined in the top four by three defenders, showing it may pay to side with a centre-back who has an eye for goal.


The full list of data is below, and thanks to some coding wizardry you can sort and filter using the search bar. Type in a team, position or player to get a fancy breakdown and revel in just how profitable West Ham duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Manuel Lanzini are. 

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Player Name Club Position On Target % Conv. Rate P&L
Callum WilsonBournemouthStriker58.33%41.67%€42.5
Georginio WijnaldumNewcastleMidfielder64.71%35.29%€-51.25
Russell MartinNorwichDefender40%30%€176.25
Saido BerahinoWest BromStriker50%30%€-5
Anthony MartialManchester UnitedStriker63.64%27.27%€-63.125
Arouna KoneEvertonStriker52.63%26.32%€-106.25
Andre AyewSwanseaMidfielder56.52%26.09%€5.625
Jamie VardyLeicesterStriker46.3%24.07%€140
Steven FletcherSunderlandStriker41.18%23.53%€-43.75
Mame Biram DioufStokeStriker84.62%23.08%€-61.875
James MorrisonWest BromMidfielder61.54%23.08%€-68.75
Romelu LukakuEvertonStriker45.24%21.43%€-49.375
Dimitri PayetWest HamMidfielder45.83%20.83%€-30.625
Cheikhou KouyateWest HamMidfielder40%20%€41.25
Danny IngsLiverpoolStriker50%20%€-8.75
Toby AlderweireldTottenhamDefender60%20%€-13.75
Laurent KoscielnyArsenalDefender50%20%€-45
Sergio AgueroManchester CityStriker45.71%20%€-49.125
Dieumerci MbokaniNorwichStriker40%20%€-71.875
Daniel SturridgeLiverpoolStriker50%20%€-83.125
Riyad MahrezLeicesterMidfielder41.67%19.44%€-71.25
Olivier GiroudArsenalStriker45.95%18.92%€23.75
Christian BentekeLiverpoolStriker40.91%18.18%€-56.25
Odion IghaloWatfordStriker35.9%17.95%€13.125
Kevin De BruyneManchester CityMidfielder47.06%17.65%€-18.75
Manuel LanziniWest HamMidfielder26.09%17.39%€39.38
Juan MataManchester UnitedMidfielder34.78%17.39%€-50
Nathan RedmondNorwichMidfielder34.78%17.39%€-76.25
Mauro ZarateWest HamMidfielder50%16.67%€-47.5
Shinji OkazakiLeicesterStriker33.33%16.67%€-70
Jermain DefoeSunderlandStriker55.56%16.67%€-97.5
Marko ArnautovicStokeMidfielder26.32%15.79%€30
Harry KaneTottenhamStriker46.15%15.38%€-33.75
Raheem SterlingManchester CityMidfielder42.31%15.38%€-48.75
Jordan AyewAston VillaStriker38.46%15.38%€-65
Ayoze PerezNewcastleStriker30%15%€-18.75
Yohan CabayeCrystal PalaceMidfielder33.33%14.81%€-34.375
Dusan TadicSouthamptonDefender23.81%14.29%€-65
Glenn MurrayBournemouthStriker64.29%14.29%€-76.875
Ross BarkleyEvertonMidfielder40.54%13.51%€-39.375
Jonathan WaltersStokeStriker33.33%13.33%€-50.625
Erik LamelaTottenhamMidfielder33.33%13.33%€-98.75
Graziano PelleSouthamptonStriker26.09%13.04%€4.38
Diego CostaChelseaStriker39.13%13.04%€-55
Jeremain LensSunderlandMidfielder25%12.5%€-105
Bafetimbi GomisSwanseaStriker38.24%11.76%€-61.875
Dele AlliTottenhamMidfielder33.33%11.11%€0.63
Alexis SanchezArsenalMidfielder30.91%10.91%€-54.375
Aleksandar MitrovicNewcastleStriker31.58%10.53%€-19.38
Cameron JeromeNorwichStriker26.32%10.53%€-73.125
Dan GoslingBournemouthMidfielder26.32%10.53%€-76.25
Rudy GestedeAston VillaStriker24.14%10.34%€-57.5
Jose FonteSouthamptonDefender30%10%€82.5
Diafra SakhoWest HamStriker36.67%10%€-90.625
Daryl JanmaatNewcastleDefender60%10%€-97.5
Rickie LambertWest BromStriker20%10%€-121.25
Bakary SakoCrystal PalaceMidfielder52.38%9.52%€-14.38
Kurt ZoumaChelseaDefender18.18%9.09%€126.25
Philippe CoutinhoLiverpoolMidfielder30.91%9.09%€33.13
Yannick BolasieCrystal PalaceMidfielder40.91%9.09%€-15
Sadio ManeSouthamptonMidfielder40%8.57%€-95.625
Son Heung-MinTottenhamMidfielder50%8.33%€-9.38
Victor MosesWest HamMidfielder8.33%8.33%€-58.75
Troy DeeneyWatfordStriker27.78%8.33%€-65.625
Marc PughBournemouthMidfielder41.67%8.33%€-116.25
Christian EriksenTottenhamMidfielder45.83%8.33%€-120
Wayne RooneyManchester UnitedStriker36%8%€-106.875
Wilfried BonyManchester CityStriker32%8%€-123.75
Gylfi SigurdssonSwanseaMidfielder26.92%7.69%€-65.625
Theo WalcottArsenalMidfielder46.15%7.69%€-67.5
Roberto FirminoLiverpoolMidfielder46.15%7.69%€-103.75
Salomon RondonWest BromStriker33.33%7.41%€-10
Jack GrealishAston VillaMidfielder28.57%7.14%€-55
Almen AbdiWatfordMidfielder42.86%7.14%€-115
Memphis DepayManchester UnitedMidfielder34.48%6.9%€-42.5
Jeffrey SchluppLeicesterDefender26.67%6.67%€-53.75
Ryan MasonTottenhamMidfielder46.67%6.67%€-55
Joshua KingBournemouthMidfielder40%6.67%€-61.25
Nemanja MaticChelseaMidfielder33.33%6.67%€-87.5
Aleksandar KolarovManchester CityDefender31.25%6.25%€1.25
Matt RitchieBournemouthMidfielder18.75%6.25%€-52.5
Nacer ChadliTottenhamMidfielder25%6.25%€-100.625
Mesut OzilArsenalMidfielder37.5%6.25%€-117.5
Yaya ToureManchester CityMidfielder28.57%5.71%€-121.875
James MilnerLiverpoolMidfielder33.33%5.56%€-48.75
Jonny HowsonNorwichMidfielder38.89%5.56%€-70
Marc AlbrightonLeicesterMidfielder21.05%5.26%€-108.75
Robbie BradyNorwichMidfielder38.1%4.76%€-60
Aaron RamseyArsenalMidfielder29.63%3.7%€-97.5
Jonjo ShelveySwanseaMidfielder27.27%3.03%€-117.5
Bradley JohnsonNorwichMidfielder20%0%€-40
Daniel DrinkwaterLeicesterMidfielder29.41%0%€-70
Santi CazorlaArsenalMidfielder31.82%0%€-80
Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainArsenalMidfielder16.67%0%€-110
Kevin MirallasEvertonMidfielder40%0%€-120
Dwight GayleCrystal PalaceStriker30%0%€-120
Ibrahim AfellayStokeMidfielder27.27%0%€-120
Eden HazardChelseaMidfielder23.53%0%€-120
Xherdan ShaqiriStokeMidfielder16.67%0%€-120
Branislav IvanovicChelseaDefender0%0%€-120
Cesc FabregasChelseaMidfielder41.18%0%€-130
Jesus NavasManchester CityMidfielder40%0%€-130
Chris BruntWest BromMidfielder36.36%0%€-130
Jay RodriguezSouthamptonStriker30.77%0%€-130
Adam LallanaLiverpoolMidfielder28.57%0%€-130
Moussa SissokoNewcastleStriker27.27%0%€-130
Victor WanyamaSouthamptonMidfielder23.08%0%€-130
James Ward-ProwseSouthamptonMidfielder18.18%0%€-130
Jason PuncheonCrystal PalaceMidfielder17.39%0%€-130
Etienne CapoueWatfordMidfielder15%0%€-130
Charlie AdamStokeMidfielder13.33%0%€-130
Ashley WestwoodAston VillaMidfielder8.33%0%€-130

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