Official! The 20 players with the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Premier League history
15. Daniel Sturridge
146.2 minutes per goal (74 goals)
Sturridge has a better strike rate than his critics might expect, but then his effectiveness in front of goal is rarely what they’re criticising. A more damning statistic is that he hasn’t reached 200 Premier League appearances despite making his debut more than 11 years ago.
Still, he’ll always have the SAAS season of 2013/14: Suarez And Also Sturridge.
14. Diego Costa
145.2 minutes per goal (52 goals)
Are you reading this, Antonio? That guy you bombed out wasn’t bad.
On two occasions Diego Costa scored 20 goals in helping Chelsea to win the Premier League; once under Jose Mourinho and once under Antonio Conte. Between those triumphs, he went on a scoring spree under substitute teacher Mr Hiddink. Diego and Guus, showin' him how to play, H-I-D-D-I-N-K...
13. Javier Hernandez
142.5 minutes per goal (44 goals)
After 49 league starts and 54 sub appearances, it’s easy to guess why Hernandez left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen. Why he joined a crumbling West Ham is less obvious.
Still, he’s added seven goals to his Premier League tally despite starting only two-thirds of the time and being picked as the least natural winger since Gary Lineker at Barcelona.
12. Edin Dzeko
141.7 minutes per goal (50 goals)
Dzeko’s Manchester City career was more frustrating than the numbers suggest.
Despite offering a consistent goal threat (2011/12: 14 goals at 107 minutes per goal; 2012/13: 14 goals at 130; 2013/14: 16 goals at 125), he was just as consistently benched. Even when the Bosnian equalised as a sub against QPR, Sergio Aguero scored the title-clinching winner. Fitting.
11. Hernan Crespo
141 minutes per goal (20 goals)
Crespo was actually contracted to Chelsea for five years, although he spent only two of them in England. Between loans to both Milan clubs, the Argentine striker scored 10 league goals for Claudio Ranieri (four of them coming in defeats) and 10 for Jose Mourinho (all scored in victories).
Somehow that contrast doesn’t come as a complete surprise to us.