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Study: The most efficient players in the Premier League this season

Jamie Vardy ranked as one of the most efficient footballers in the Premier League this season
Jamie Vardy ranked as one of the most efficient footballers in the Premier League this season

There are certain players in the Premier League who seem to always be on the ball when they’re playing, for example, Joao Cancelo has racked up 3,070 touches in the league this season which is 580 more than anyone else so far, and there are also some players who don’t touch the ball as frequently, like Alexandre Lacazette who only has had 671 touches in the league this season.

All of this got us thinking, who is the most effective player on the pitch in the Premier League? Well, we’ve dived into the stats for you and have worked out who is averaging the fewest touches per goal, assist, and big chance created in the Premier League this season

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Whilst he might be injured at the moment, we’ve found Jamie Vardy is unbelievably efficient this season. The Leicester striker is currently averaging a goal or assist every 28 touches. Despite his lack of playing time, Vardy has scored 10 goals and assisted twice this season, and with only 332 touches, you have to say it’s a seriously impressive record. Up next in the list for fewest touches per goal or assist is actually Leicester’s other striker Patson Daka who’s averaging a goal or assist every 38 touches.

On loan Dejan Kulusevski has made a stunning impact at Spurs so far and the stats certainly show that. The Sweden international is topping the chart for fewest touches per big chance created in the league and is also second in the list for fewest touches per assist. However, it’s another Leicester player that tops the list for the fewest touches per assist as Kelechi Iheanacho has recorded 5 assists with his 411 touches averaging out at 82 touches per assist! You can, as always, find more stats below.

The results have been split into four parts…

  • Fewest touches per goal
  • Fewest touches per assist
  • Fewest touches per goal/assist
  • Fewest touches per big chance created
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Fewest touches per goal or assist

player team touches goals assists touches per goal or assist
Jamie Vardy Leicester City 332 10 2 28
Patson Daka Leicester City 269 4 3 38
Patrick Bamford Leeds United 189 2 2 47
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 1424 20 10 47
Jean-Philippe Mateta Crystal Palace 239 4 1 48
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City 411 3 5 51
Danny Ings Aston Villa 530 5 5 53
Callum Wilson Newcastle United 330 6 0 55
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 639 4 7 58
Diogo Jota Liverpool 944 14 2 59  

Fewest touches per big chance created

player team touches big chances created touches per big chance created
Dejan Kulusevski Tottenham 418 5 84
Jay Rodriguez Burnley 342 4 86
Saman Ghoddos Brentford 262 3 87
Patrick Bamford Leeds United 189 2 95
Harry Kane Tottenham 1242 13 96
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 1424 14 102
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester 411 4 103
Che Adams Southampton 625 6 104
Michael Olise Crystal Palace 765 7 109
Giovani Lo Celso Tottenham 227 2 114

Fewest touches per goal

player team touches goals touches per goal
Jamie Vardy Leicester City 332 10 33
Callum Wilson Newcastle United 330 6 55
Jean-Philippe Mateta Crystal Palace 239 4 60
Yoane Wissa Brentford 307 5 61
Patson Daka Leicester City 269 4 67
Diogo Jota Liverpool 944 14 67
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 1424 20 71
Maxwel Cornet Burnley 433 6 72
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 919 12 77
Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 399 5 80

 

 

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