The simple game of football is all about scoring goals.
But some goals are more important than others.
Therefore, although Harry Kane is currently the Premier League’s leading scorer with 22 notches, the Tottenham Hotspur striker is not necessarily the division’s MVG – most valuable goalscorer.
In fact, he’s not!
An eyeopening study conducted by bwin news has Kane ranked joint-second on the MVG list, level with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, but behind Foxes hitman Jamie Vardy.
So, how did they work that out?
Well, with a rather simple – but interesting – formula.
Check it out below, along with the top ten, which features players from Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Stoke and Everton.
The stats geeks at bwin have also identified the players with the highest ratio of winners to goals scored, as well as the teams who have relied heavily on one individual to score the majority of their game-deciding goals.
Incredibly, 67% of Aston Villa’s winners have come courtesy of own goals.
Villa have only won three times this term. Rudy Gestede headed them to a legitimate 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on the opening day, before OGs from Wayne Hennessey and Timm Klose handed them wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich respectively.