Shot Efficiency – Part 2

29 01 2010

After my earlier blog on shot efficiency I decided to expand my focus and look at the numbers for all players. Below is a brief summary of those who stood out from the crowd when I looked at shots attempted, shots on target and goals scored. In the interest of consistency, and the fact that I started on this a couple of days ago, the games in midweek have not been included in these figures.

The Good

Rooney and Drogba

As mentioned in the initial post, they just make trouble for opposition keepers. The only two players to have taken over 100 shots this year, they are well ahead of Hugo Rodallega in third place who has attempted a meagre 85 shots so far. A combination of ability to create chances as well as an impressive supporting cast means these two terrorise defences on a regular basis.

Rodallega deserves a special mention here, because he actually manages to push Rooney out of the top 2 for shots on target per game. Drogba gets an impressive average of 2.4 shots on target per game, while Rodallega (2.0)and Rooney (1.9) take second and third place.

Jermaine Defoe

Despite averaging 1.7 shots per game less than Drogba (and, incidentally a full 2 fewer than Rooney), the pair are tied for second place, along with Darren Bent, for second place in goals scored this year. He’s making keepers work hard too, with 1.8 shots on target per game.


Or rather, Sunderland’s strikers. Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones both rank in the top 5 for goal efficiency among players taking at least 20 shots this season. In other words they are both scoring with over 20% of their attempts. Sunderland fans keep count, for every 5 shots they take between them, odds are one of them will go in.

Also worth a mention are Agbonlahor and Anelka who, as well as being in the top 10 scorers list, have managed to hit the target with 50% of their efforts. Not bad with that volume of shots.

The Bad

Unfortunately, these statistics also help to name and shame a few players who might not be helping their team as much as they would like.

Grétar Steinson

He’s hardly the worst offender, but he makes the list for being the only player in the league to register 10 or more shots and to have failed on every occasion to hit the target. Bolton fans can take heart from the fact that he hasn’t wasted possession on too many occasions, having only taken 11 shots so far.

Steve Sidwell

He narrowly avoided joined Steinson in the other category, but despite averaging well over a shot a game he has yet to manage a second goal-bound effort. If he’s not hitting the target, let alone actually troubling the keeper, then someone really needs to tell him to stop shooting and look for the pass a little more.


His Premier League season may be over already, but he hasn’t left for Brazil yet and so he’s still fair game. The player who broke the British transfer fee record (and his fee is still the highest paid by a British club) did not have the best of seasons. He wins the honour of most shots per game (2.3) among players without a goal in at least 1 Premier League start. No the cup doesn’t count – these stats are Premier League only. Remarkably, he hit the target with 43.5% of his shots, but unfortunately ‘nearly-goals’ don’t count for anything.


The most shots (29) without a goal. It’s perhaps not as wasteful as Robinho when you consider he has made 22 appearances for Liverpool this season, meaning he takes a full shot less per game, but nor is it something to be proud of.

Tom Huddlestone

Perhaps the worst offender in the list, Huddlestone at least saves some face by being the only one to have actually scored. His crime, not unlike Sidwell’s, is being guilty of shooting too often. No-one minds as long as a few go in, but at the rate he shoots he needs to be doing better. In fact, of the 18 players in the league averaging over 3 shots per game, Huddlestone’s shot efficiency is by far the worst. In 61 shots he has hit the target on only 9 occasions and scored just once. That’s rounghly one shot on target for every two games he plays and, get this, a goal efficiency (percentage of total shots that go in) of just 1.6%. As the second most prolific shooter (if not scorer) on his team, that’s just not good enough.

The Rest

Stephen Jordan

He has started all 21 games so far for Burnley and has yet to take a single shot.

Robin van Persie

He should really have made the Good list, but his injury has got in the way of a good start to the season. His per game stats show how good his season could have been; he ranks in the top 5 for shots, shots on target and goals (4.6, 1.7 and 0.6 respectively).

EDIT: I checked, Stephen Jordan started again on Tuesday. He still hasn’t taken a shot.