With the season at an end, it’s a good time to look at the highest scoring players over the 2019/2020 campaign. I wasn’t sure how long these statistics would remain on the Dream Team website and they will help when it comes to picking a team for next season. As a result I’ve highlighted the top 20 highest scoring players below.
1. Sterling (Man City) – 279 points
2. De Bruyne (Man City) – 269 points
3. Salah (Liverpool) – 251 points
4. Mane (Liverpool) – 244 points
5. Maguire (Man Utd) – 231 points
6. Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 228 points
7. Jesus (Man City) – 228 points
8. Rashford (Man Utd) – 226 points
9. Martial (Man Utd) – 222 points
10. Kane (Spurs) – 220 points
11. Jimenez (Wolves) – 218 points
12. Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 210 points
13. Mahrez (Man City) – 208 points
14. Vardy (Leicester) – 206 points
15. Ings (Southampton) – 203 points
16. Traore (Wolves) – 202 points
17. Son (Spurs) – 201 points
18. Van Dijk (Liverpool) – 197 points
19. Willian (Chelsea) – 185 points
20. Aguero (Man City) – 184 points
For me the key takeaways from this are:
Four players from outside the “top 6” clubs – a typical trend is that players within the top 20 are made up from players within the top 6 clubs. If we assume the top 6 are: Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal then we have four players outside of these clubs on the list this year. However, I think the reality is, we are now looking at a top 8 to include Wolves and Leicester players. I’d expect both of these teams to do well again next season and be at a similar level to the likes of Arsenal. Having said that, other than Danny Ings, there are no real surprises in this list. At the end of every season, as you’d expect, the highest scoring players typically come from the teams who performed the best over the season. This means it is usually a list dominated by the big clubs. Next season, I’ll continue to pick players from the top teams based on this evidence – they tend to perform better and have more fixtures.
What positions return the most points? – traditionally strikers and midfielders picked up the most points over the course of the season. This is a tend that the game came back to this season. Last year we saw 7 defenders and a goalkeeper within the top 20 point scorers. This time around there were no goalkeepers on the list and only 2 defenders – maybe this was due to VAR. The top 20 was also dominated by strikers with 11 making the list. Although the top two point scorers were both midfielders. With 11 strikers on the list it’s worth noting that the “big 3” of Salah, Kane and Aguero was far from essential for this season with many other cheaper options scoring a lot of points.
Sterling finishes highest point scorer – no surprises there, he was the first player on the team sheet for many people at the start of the season. Despite rotation and not picking up the league title Sterling still managed to be the top performer and I’d expect that to continue into the 2020/2021 season.
Players reputation doesn’t always transfer into points on the board – I find the stats interesting from a psychological point of view. Throughout the season there was a lot of talk about players like Kane, Salah and Aguero being essential. However many had very little time or patience with a player like Aubameyang, Jesus and Martial. Despite this all three held their own with all of these “essential” players from a point scoring point of view. It does make me wonder if any player is truly essential or if we mainly base our opinions on the perception we have of those players. Obviously it’s worth noting that Kane and Aguero had their injury problems but even so their are other cheaper options.
Does it take new signings a while to settle in? – the list of highest scoring players is dominated by experienced Premier League players with the exception of a couple. To me this suggests we should stick with what we know. There are obviously exceptions to this rule. However I’m very cautious about looking at players who are brand new to the league.
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