The turn of the year and Dwight Gayle is showing a clean pair of heels to all of his Championship rivals.
In fact, it isn’t just the second tier, as the Newcastle United number nine is ahead of every other player in the top four divisions when it comes to scoring goals.
Dwight Gayle now has 19 goals at a rate of one every 86 minutes, with his closest Championship rivals being Glenn Murray (15 goals – one every 117 minutes) and Scott Hogan (13 goals – one every 166 minutes).
When it comes to the other three divisions, their top strikers on 1 January 2017 are:
Premier League – Diego Costa (Chelsea) 14 goals at a rate of one every 114 minutes.
League One – Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) 16 goals at a rate of one every 130 minutes.
League Two – John Akinde (Barnet) 17 goals at a rate of one every 122 minutes.
When it comes to what Dwight Gayle could achieve if he stays fit this season, with 19 goals at a rate of one every 86 minutes so far and 22 Championship matches remaining – you do the maths.
Championship Top Goalscorers – Up to 1 January 2017
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) – 19 goals
Played 1,632 minutes at average of 86 minutes per goal.
Glenn Murray (Brighton – on loan from Bournemouth) – 15 goals
Played 1,759 minutes at average of 117 minutes per goal.
Scott Hogan (Brentford) – 13 goals
Played 2,160 minutes at average of 166 minutes per goal.
Tammy Abraham (Bristol City – on loan from Chelsea) – 12 goals
Played 2,015 minutes at average of 168 minutes per goal.
Sam Winnall (Barnsley) – 11 Goals
Played 1,577 minutes at average of 143 minutes per goal.
Chris Wood (Leeds) – 11 goals
Played 1,757 minutes at average of 160 minutes per goal.