You might be surprised to learn that two goalscorers from Newcastle and Sunderland are ranked in the top four of the Premier League’s most deadly finishers this season.
Considering the respective league positions of the two clubs in the bottom three with only eight games remaining, it is a bit of a strange positive for the two north east clubs to have…
Football365 analysed all players who have scored at least five Premier League goals this season and compared the number of goals scored to how many chances came their way.
Starting with Sunderland, Jermain Defoe is actually top of the tree, the mackem scoring 12 goals (including (the one on the derby) from only 55 attempts at goal – this gives him a success rate of 21.9% with his shots.
Whilst at Newcastle, step forward Gini Wijnaldum.
The former PSV Captain has scored his nine goals (all at home) from only 46 shots, a success ratio of 19.6%.
The only other two to better Wijnaldum’s success rate are this season’s outrageous Leicester pair, Mahrez and Vardy.
What this tells me is two things.
Firstly, Jermain Defoe needs to pick up an injury.
Secondly, Newcastle United need to get Gini Wijnaldum into as many scoring positions as possible – because with this evidence and that of the naked eye, he is clearly the most natural goalscorer at St James Park (quite literally…) by a country mile.
Rafa Benitez played him in a more withdrawn role against Sunderland and I struggle to remember him getting into the mackems’ box very much, if at all, whilst from one of his rare forays forward he did produce the superb cross for Mitrovic to equalise.
So whatever the formation against Norwich, hopefully Rafa Benitez will take into account that Wijnaldum is by far Newcastle’s best chance of scoring…if he can break his away day duck.
These are the top four finishers this season and then below that is the Football365 write up on Gini Wijnaldum:
1) Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – 21.9% (12 goals – 55 shots)
2) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – 20.5% (16 goals – 78 shots)
3) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 19.6% (19 goals – 97 shots)
4) Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle) – 19.6% (9 goals – 46 shots)
‘Newcastle’s hopes of survival came close to fading completely in the Tyne-Wear derby, but the Magpies were handed a fighting chance courtesy of an Aleksandar Mitrovic equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland.
Indeed, Newcastle will need to stave off relegation if they are to retain the services of another of their big money summer arrivals. Georginio Wijnaldum has quickly become one of the club’s most important players, with the Dutchman scoring more goals (nine) than any other teammate.
Wijnaldum has capitalised on most opportunities thrown his way. His nine goals have come from 46 shots, returning a conversion rate of 19.6%. Interestingly, all nine of his goals have come at St. James’ Park.
While he has a tendency to go missing away from home, Wijnaldum has been a success during his short time in the North East. Should the Magpies drop into the Championship once more, there won’t be a shortage of suitors.’