With the game just being released, it’s a good time to look at the highest scoring players over the 2020/2021 campaign. I always find this a good place to start 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. Kane (Spurs) – 357 points
2. Fernandes (Man Utd) – 323 points
3. Salah (Liverpool) – 265 points
4. Rashford (Man Utd) – 257 points
5. Cancelo (Man City) – 242 points
6. Foden (Man City) – 229 points
7. Son (Spurs) – 225 points
8. Mane (Liverpool) – 224 points
9. De Bruyne (Man City) – 209 points
10. Chilwell (Chelsea) – 204 points
11. Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – 204 points
12. Mahrez (Man City) – 200 points
13. James (Chelsea) – 199 points
14. Pepe (Arsenal) – 191 points
15. Wan-Bissaka (Man Utd) – 186 points
16. Mount (Chelsea) – 184 points
17. Maguire (Man Utd) – 184 points
18. Gundogan (Man City) – 182 points
19. Dias (Man City) – 181 points
20. Sterling (Man City) – 180 points
For me the key takeaways from this are:
One player from outside the “top 7” clubs – a typical trend is that players within the top 20 are made up from players within the top 7 clubs. If we assume the top 7 are: Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Leicester and Arsenal then we have only one player outside of these clubs on the list this year. There are absolutely no surprises in the top 20 other than maybe Calvert-Lewin. 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. My strategy will be to continue to pick players from the top teams based on this evidence – they tend to perform better and have more fixtures due to involvement in European competitions.
What positions return the most points? – traditionally strikers and midfielders picked up the most points over the course of the season. This hasn’t really changed much with only 6 defenders on the list and no goalkeepers. Kane and Fernandes were the only two players who scored over 300 points which suggests we should be picking players rather than worrying too much about what position they play in.
Kane finishes highest point scorer – no real surprise here despite Spurs not having the best season. This now makes him the most expensive player on the game for the upcoming season but are we brave enough to leave him out?
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 and Salah being essential. However, someone like Rashford wasn’t too far behind Salah in terms of points on the board. 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.