Wayne Rooney has had some early shouts for player of the season after going from strength to strength in front of goal, but how does he really compare with other strikers in the league? Dimitar Berbatov gets a lot of stick and labelled a “flop”, from sections of our own support as much as elsewhere, but how has he really done this season?

All shall be revealed…

1. Wayne Rooney
Minutes: 2301
Goals: 23
Ratio: 1 goal per 100 minutes
Position: 1st

2. Didier Drogba
Minutes: 1944
Goals: 19
Ratio: 1 goal per 102 minutes
Position: 2nd

3. Fernando Torres
Minutes: 1222
Goals: 12
Ratio: 1 goal per 102 minutes
Position: 7th

4. Jermaine Defoe
Minutes: 1873
Goals: 16
Ratio: 1 goal per 117 minutes
Position: 3rd

5. Louis Saha
Minutes: 1757
Goals: 13
Ratio: 1 goal per 135 minutes
Position: 5th

6. Carlos Tevez
Minutes: 1876
Goals: 13
Ratio: 1 goal per 144 minutes
Position: 5th

7. Dimitar Berbatov
Minutes: 1401
Goals: 9
Ratio: 1 goal per 155 minutes
Position: 11th

8. Darren Bent
Minutes: 2320
Goals: 15
Ratio: 1 goal per 155 minutes
Position: 4th

9. Carlton Cole
Minutes: 1463
Goals: 9
Ratio: 1 goal per 163 minutes
Position: 11th

10. Emmanuel Adebayor
Minutes: 1571
Goals: 9
Ratio: 1 goal per 175 minutes
Position: 11th

11. Gabriel Agbonlahor
Minutes: 2308
Goals: 11
Ratio: 1 goal per 210 minutes
Position: 9th

12. Bobby Zamora
Minutes: 1845
Goals: 8
Ratio: 1 goal per 231 minutes
Position: 15th

13. Nicolas Anelka
Minutes: 1926
Goals: 8
Ratio: 1 goal per 241 minutes
Position: 15th

These stats don’t include the goals of Cesc Fabregas (12 goals, 7th highest scorer), Frank Lampard (10 goals, 10th highest scorer) or Dirk Kuyt (9 goals, 11th highest scorer). Whilst of course it is a good achievement for all of these players to score as many goals as they have, the purpose of this post is to compare Premiership strikers, not Premiership goalscorers.

It is interesting to note that only United and City have two strikers in the top scorers (although Anelka does feature, but with just one goal for every three hours on the pitch). Rooney and Tevez both play more for their respective clubs and are first choice strikers, therefore it stands to reason they are ahead of Berbatov and Adebayor in the goalscoring stakes, given that they are more match fit and have a regular run in the team.

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