No player outside the “big six” has a better conversion rate than Callum Wilson’s 31% this season – an impressive stat, but one that proves how reliant we’ve been on the £20m striker’s incredible efficiency in front of goal!
This comes from brilliant Twitter page ‘The Other 14‘, with them revealing how Wilson’s 8 goals from 26 shots (31% conversion rate) is better than anyone else’s outside of Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal.
Elsewhere, the same account also highlights how Federico Fernandez is also topping the Premier League charts when it comes to combined blocks and clearances per game (7.03).
Here’s the tables on both, starting with Wilson:
Impressive stuff from our reliable Argentine (Lascelles is also up in 6th!), and it’s also worth noting that Karl Darlow was top of the pile for saves not long ago (he’s now 3rd), however it’s Callum Wilson’s numbers that perhaps stand out and seem the most unsustainable.
Considering we don’t create a great deal of chances (we’ve scored ONE goal from open play in the last eight hours of football), it’s fair to say the league table would look scarily different had Wilson’s finishing just been 5 or 10% poorer.
The Other 14’s findings also shows just how many shots fellow Premier League players have had in comparison to Wilson (26), with it alarming to see Leeds’ LEFT-BACK Stuart Dallas has had just six less (20) than our striker.
As for Patrick Bamford, the fact he’s had 65 to Wilson’s 26 says all you need to know about the contrast in styles between ourselves and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds!
Neil Maupay is another one. He has racked up 36 efforts – 10 more than Wilson – yet has played less minutes than the 28-year-old and is in a goal-shy side currently below us in the table.
Some will say his current conversation rate isn’t sustainable – highlighting how much he’s saved Bruce’s bacon up until now – so it’s fair to say we need to get more bodies around our No 13 and create more chances for him to score from open play if we want to keep in the goals.
Let’s hope his table-topping conversion rate is maintained against Sheffield United tonight!