18 of the most unlikely individual goalscoring seasons ever

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14. James Tavernier (15, 2015/16)

  • Previous best: 5 (Rotherham, 2013/14)
  • Best since: N/a

Former Newcastle right-back Tavernier joined Mark Warburton's new-look Rangers with a bang in 2015 when he netted 15 goals in the Gers' promotion season back to Scotland's top flight. A set-piece specialist, Tavernier buried a stunning free-kick on his debut in a 6-2 win against Hibernian and thumped in three more throughout the course of the season. His reward? A summer link with Trabzonspor... 

13. Aden Flint (15, 2014/15)

  • Previous best: 4 (Swindon, 2011/12 and 2012/13) 
  • Best since: 6 (Bristol City, 2015/16)

In Bristol City's League One title-winning campaign of 2014/15, the Robins bagged 99 goals in league action with five of their players reaching double figures. One of those was centre-back Flint, who managed a barely believable 15 goals – and none of them came from penalties. The 6ft 7in centre-back proved to be an indomitable threat from set-pieces, all while helping his defence concede the fewest goals of any team in the league.

Skip to 2:30 for a proper mickey-take

12. Adel Taarabt (19, 2010/11)

  • Previous best: 7 (QPR, 2009/10)
  • Best since: 5 (QPR, 2012/13)

A flamboyant playmaker with bags of potential, Taarabt's 2010/11 season at QPR was meant to be the catalyst for his top-level career. The Moroccan plundered 19 goals in an irresistible title-winning season with the R's... but then it all went belly-up.

QPR were hopeless in the Premier League, and fingers were pointed at Taarabt for his part in it – manager Harry Redknapp accused him of being unfit ("He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did"), and the writing was on the wall. Fulham and Milan took him on loan spells, before Benfica inexplicably handed him a five-year contract in 2015. He's never appeared for their first team. 

11. Ian Harte (18, 2009/10)

  • Previous best: 11 (Leeds, 2000/01) 
  • Best since: 11 (Reading, 2010/11)

Late-'90s Premier League aficianados will fondly remember Harte's wand of a left peg. A reliable set-piece specialist, the Irishman often chipped in with his fair share of goals every season – he managed 31 combined in all competitions between 1998/99 and 2001/02 – but it wasn't until his spell at Carlisle in 2009/10 that he hit his peak scoring form.

The former Leeds and Levante full back notched an impressive 18 goals in all competitions for the Cumbrians, including an absolute stunner in a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham. Reading came calling for his services the following campaign, and the success continued: he helped the Royals win promotion to the Premier League in 2011/12, and was named in back-to-back PFA Championship Team(s) of the Year.

Ian Harte

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