5 most productive strikers in Europe this season
None from the Premier League and the Bundesliga while FC Barcelona have two.
This season’s race for the Golden Boot is getting tastier with every passing week. Sporting Lisbon’s Bas Dost is an unlikely name thrown into the hat this season with a dream scoring run in the Liga Portuguesa. And then there are the usual suspects in Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez.
But scoring goals across a whole season is one thing, scoring a lot of it in a regulated amount of time is another. There are a few strikers/attackers in Europe who might not have necessarily scored the highest number of goals in their league but have found the back of the net almost every time they take to the field.
They’re either fringe players, young players, or truly superb players and they’re being recognised as the most productive strikers in all of Europe. So, here’s looking at the top five most decisive strikers in Europe counting both their assists and goals and leaving out the penalties they put away:
#5 Edin Dzeko – 82 minutes per goal/assist
Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is having quite the season with AS Roma this time around. Having never been given the chance to shine constantly with the Serie A giants, the Bosnian is now showing the world just how good a striker he is.
With 35 goals (1 penalty) and 10 assists in all competitions this season, Edin Dzeko is the fifth most productive striker in all of Europe’s top leagues. Having played 3617 minutes this season, Dzeko has helped get the ball to the back of the net – both directly and indirectly – once every 82.204 minutes.
Dzeko has come off the bench eight times this season and has made a total of 46 appearances, but with the kind of support he has at AS Roma, has been able to seamlessly waltz into the game in peak form.