Official! The 20 players with the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Premier League history
10. Robin van Persie
139.7 minutes per goal (144 goals)
At his (relatively late) peak, Van Persie was a penalty-box striker so deadly that Alex Ferguson broke his own rules and spent £24m on a 29-year-old.
The Dutchman already had a healthy hit rate at Arsenal, before his 30-goal campaign in his final season there took him to Manchester United. A second Golden Boot and a first Premier League title followed.
9. Luis Suarez
138.8 minutes per goal (69 goals)
The Uruguayan’s minutes-per-goal ratio for Liverpool was improved by his preposterous final year, 2013/14, in which he matched the 38-game Premier League season record of 31 goals and could’ve passed 40 had he been on penalty duties (Steven Gerrard took 11 across the campaign).
With another dozen assists, Suarez contributed to a goal every 69 minutes that season. Nice.
8. Kelechi Iheanacho
133.2 minutes per goal (13 goals)
Two words: poacher’s instinct. Iheanacho set the tone with his first Manchester City goal, beating three Crystal Palace players to a loose ball for a stoppage-time winner. It’s not just tap-ins, mind: another injury-time winner, against Swansea, looped in off his back.
They all count. And, seven months after his £25m move, he’s finally scored a league goal for Leicester.
7. Ruud van Nistelrooy
128.3 minutes per goal (95 goals)
Van Nistelrooy is perhaps unfortunate to be considered a good striker rather than a great one, because a 12-year peak return of 75 goals in 91 games for PSV, 150 in 219 for Manchester United and 64 in 96 for Real Madrid is pretty darn reasonable.
Goals aren’t a striker’s only currency. Nonetheless, Van Nistelrooy offered a very competitive exchange rate.
6. Adam Le Fondre
124.4 minutes per goal (12 goals)
Sixth? What’s that all about, Alfie?
Le Fondre’s only Premier League campaign, 2012/13, featured more goals (12) than starts (11) – his final eight strikes all came from the bench (well, not literally) as he secured super-sub status. He scored seven equalisers and two winners for Reading, and was named January’s player of the month despite not playing 90 minutes… in total.