Fernando Torres: Statistically the Deadliest EPL Striker This Season

Choon Yau TanCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Fernando Torres of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays  Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on May 24, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Fernando Torres's 14-goal tally might not match his last season's impressive 24 league goals, but there is a reason why Torres is statically the deadliest striker in the Premiership 2008/09 season.

By goal count, Torres ended the season as fourth top scorer along with Robinho with 14 goals.

Golden Boot winner, Nicolas Anelka netted 19 times this season. Last season's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo scored 18 times while Torres's fellow teammate Steven Gerrard scored 16 goals.

Darren Bent, Kevin Davies, Dirk Kuyt, Frank Lampard, and Wayne Rooney all had 12 goals each.

To prove that Fernando Torres is statically the deadliest striker in the 2008/09 season, I shall rearrange the top ten scorers by their minutes spent on the pitch per goals scored (MPG). Only the top ten are included since consistency matters, or else Federico Macheda would be the deadliest with an MPG score of 95 (Two goals in 190 minutes).

The MPG top scorers:

Fernando Torres's season is plagued with several injuries that limited his playing time to only 1733 minutes. Therefore, he has scored a goal in every 123.79 minutes.

That is nearly 30 minutes less than Ronaldo, whose MPG score was 152.72.

Top scorer Anelka came close behind Ronaldo with an MPG score of 154.05, ahead of Gerrard (164.38), Bent (180.42), Robinho (188.21), and Rooney (188.67).

The bottom three of the ten top scorers are Kuyt, Lampard, and Davies with MPG scores of 265.08, 271.58, and 281.25 respectively.

Other fun facts:

Despite finishing bottom in the MPG table, Kevin Davies was the most accurate striker with 0.48 goal per shots on target (SOT). Fernando Torres came second with 0.45 goal per SOT followed closely by Darren Bent with 0.43 goal per SOT.

Frank Lampard is the worst among the ten with only 0.21 goal per SOT.

Again, there is a reason why only the top ten Premiership scorers are included. Or else, Macheda would've swept others aside as well with 0.67 goal per SOT (Kiko scored 2 goals from 3 shots on target).

If you think Torres's MPG score is superior, you are wrong. He himself had an MPG score of 105.92 in the 2007/08 season. Even Emmanuel Adebayor had an MPG of 122.08 in the similar season, which is enough for the Togolese to top this season's MPG table.

Cristiano Ronaldo was far more superior than both of them that season with an amazing MPG score of 88.61.