A Golden Boot may well be awarded to the player who scores the most goals in a Premier League season, but it does not account for how valuable those goals are.
We’ve taken a look at the top 10 goalscorers in the 2020-21 season to date and calculated how many points each player’s goals have earned their team.
There are of course other factors in determining a result – we’re not proclaiming this to be an exact science – but this is as good a metric as any to help you waste a few minutes of your day, and that’s all we’re ever looking for in lockdown, to be honest.
10. Ilkay Gundogan
The loveable German has been in red-hot form of late and has 11 goals in total this season.
But it is only his goal against West Brom in a 1-1 draw that has directly won Pep Guardiola’s side a point this season. A victim of his side’s attacking prowess.
9. Ollie Watkins
Sorry, Ollie, but by the rules of the game that hat-trick in the 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool was absolutely worthless, as was the brace in the 3-0 win at Arsenal.
In fact, only your recent winner against the Gunners has won outright points for Villa this season. Two.
8. Son Heung-min
He may have bagged 13 goals, but he has only directly won Spurs a total of six points.
Many of his strikes have ended up coming in comfortable wins, meaning that theoretically points would have been won without his contributions.
7. Harry Kane
It’s safe to say that Son and Kane scoring so frequently has actually worked against them here.
Still, at least Harry can boast one more point over his attacking partner.
6= Jamie Vardy
It has been a bit of a stop-start season for the Leicester frontman this year, but he has still managed to directly win eight points for his side.
That could be very significant in the hunt for Champions League football this year.
6= Patrick Bamford
Bamford would probably have taken being tied with Vardy in this respect at the start of the season.
There really isn’t anything to separate the duo. Both have 12 goals and both have won their sides eight points this season. Over to you, Southgate…
4. Callum Wilson
Wilson has been a ray of light in a dark season for Newcastle United. His goals have directly won nine points for the Magpies. That’s 38% of their entire points haul.
3. Mo Salah
In what is quickly turning into a bitterly disappointing year for Liverpool, Salah has not let his standards drop, currently topping the goalscoring charts with 17 strikes.
Those goals have directly contributed to 12 points as well. Sadly, he ‘wasted’ four goals across a 7-0 win and a 7-2 defeat.
2. Bruno Fernandes
It isn’t really a shock to see Bruno this high, is it?
He seems to be the man dragging Manchester United into next season’s Champions League and his 14 goals have contributed 13 points to the Red Devils’ current tally.
1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
His importance to the Toffees really cannot be understated.
He has scored as many goals (13) as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but his have counted for 14 points in Everton’s season.
A world-class Kevin Davies, as we all like to say.