With the season at an end, it’s a good time to look at the highest scoring players over the 2018/2019 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. Hazard (Chelsea) – 360 points
2. Sterling (Man City) – 312 points
3. Salah (Liverpool) – 291 points
4. Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 290 points
5. Aguero (Man City) – 286 points
6. Van Dijk (Liverpool) – 282 points
7. Mane (Liverpool) – 265 points
8. Kane (Spurs) – 239 points
9. Laporte (Man City) – 230 points
10. Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 225 points
11. B. Silva (Man City) – 223 points
12. Robertson (Liverpool) – 221 points
13. Lacazette (Arsenal) – 219 points
14. Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – 210 points
15. Alisson (Liverpool) – 209 points
16. Sane (Man City) – 204 points
17. Pogba (Man Utd) – 199 points
18. Walker (Man City) – 196 points
19. Alonso (Chelsea) – 193 points
20. Jimenez (Wolves) 193 points
For me the key takeaways from this are:
Only one player from outside the top 6 clubs – this is an ongoing trend with Dream Team. 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 Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd, Spurs or Arsenal players. Interestingly, this year 13 players from the 20 actually come from the top two teams – Liverpool and Man City. Dependant on fixtures this says to me that we shouldn’t look beyond these clubs when selecting players.
What positions return the most points? – traditionally strikers and midfielders picked up the most points over the course of the season. What’s interesting this time around is that there are 7 defenders and a goalkeeper on this list. Players in these positions are often a little cheaper, for me this suggests they add good value to any team and shouldn’t be overlooked by going for cheaper options defensively. That being said the very top tier of point scoring (top 5 point scorers) still tend to be goal scoring strikers and midfielders.
Hazard finishes highest point scorer – this is an interesting one. Hazard finishing as the highest point scorer highlights how being the stand out player in a weaker team could return big points. Hazard was obviously the main man at Chelsea last season and due to the level of his performances he had very little competition for the star man award. As a result he managed to gain more points than any other player in the game. This is a contrast to teams like Man City where players are often rotated and the star man award is often shared between various players.
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. Despite this Aubameyang held his 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.
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. We all talked about the likes of Keita, Jorginho, Fabinho and so on at the start of last season, however most of these were a flop in terms of point scoring. 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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