Official! The 20 players with the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Premier League history
5. Thierry Henry
121.8 minutes per goal (175 goals)
From the ridiculous to the sublime, Henry kicks off our top five.
To average a goal for every two hours of Premier League football played is impressive; to maintain such a rate across eight years is imperious. To do that while setting a yet-to-be-broken record for most assists in a season (20 in 2002/03) is taking the piss, frankly.
4. Gabriel Jesus
117.6 minutes per goal (15 goals)
He arrived straight from the Brazilian league and joined a Manchester City team with one of the greatest strikers English football has ever seen. He settled immediately, contributing 11 goals and assists in his 10 appearances of the 2016/17 season, and even pushed Sergio Aguero out of the team on occasion before injury.
Gabriel Jesus is 20 years old.
3. Harry Kane
113.3 minutes per goal (102 goals)
At some point, Kane’s Premier League scoring rate will slow down. It has to. After season-on-season returns of 21, 25 and then 29 goals in the last campaign (at an obscene rate of one every 87 minutes), 2017/18 promised 33 – and maybe he’d have found the required nine goals from eight games if it wasn’t for this injury.
2. Mohamed Salah
109 minutes per goal (26 goals)
In 2014, an unusually busy January saw Chelsea sell Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata while buying Nemanja Matic and Mo Salah. When the latter left Chelsea, it followed two goals in nine hours of football – which is why he isn’t a distant first here. Because, almost unbelievably, Salah is averaging a Premier League goal every 96 minutes for Liverpool.
1. Sergio Aguero
107.3 minutes per goal (143 goals)
As superb as Salah has been, it’s only right that our number one is a player with over 200 Premier League appearances to his name.
We don’t know what’s the more incredible statistical achievement for Aguero: to hit such heights that in Manchester City’s 2013/14 title triumph he averaged a goal every 90 minutes and a goal contribution every 67, or to generally score so many in the league (143 now) at a consistent rate – under 100 minutes per goal in four of the past five seasons.
Aguero turns 30 in June. Although he’ll no doubt keep scoring for a while yet, we should appreciate this phenomenon here and now.