As revealed by legendary Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, Newcastle are on track to break a Premier League record if we continue scoring headed goals at the rate we have so far this season – with 57% of our goals so far coming from headers.
We have only managed 7 goals this season in 11 games so far – making us the joint second lowest scorers in the league behind Huddersfield and level with Southampton, but four of those seven have came from headers.
These have come fromJoselu (vs Spurs & vs Chelsea), Clark (vs Arsenal) and Perez (vs Watford) and, if we keep up this rate, we’ll record a new Premier League record – bettering West Brom’s record, where 42% of their goals in the 2014/15 season where headers.
Here’s a snippet from Martin Tyler’s piece for Sky:
“Opta have confirmed that 57 per cent of Newcastle’s Premier League goals this season have been headers and if they keep up the current pace then, yes, it would be a record.
“Over the course of a season, Tony Pulis’ West Brom hold the current record, as 42.11 per cent of their goals in the 2014/15 season came from headers – that’s 16 of 38 goals.
“Everton scored 18 of their 44 goals (40.91 per cent) from headers in 1994/95 while 22 of Wimbledon’s 55 goals (40 per cent) in 1995/96 were headers.”
Considering we went on such a long run without scoring from corners and have often struggled to be commanding in the air over the years, it’s nice to see a NUFC side that’s big, strong and good in the air.
Centre-backs Lascelles and Fernandez are both 6ft 2’+ as you’d expect, but we’re quite big all over the pitch, with Dubravka, Dummett, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy and Rondon ALL beingt 6ft or over.