Liverpool, Manchester United, City Or Chelsea - Who Are The Ultimate 'One Man Team' In The Premier League?
The Premier League title race is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory as Liverpool and Manchester City prepare for a ding-dong battle from now until the end of the campaign, while the rest are seemingly chasing that all-encompassing top-four finish.
Each of the traditional 'Big Six' in England's top-flight obviously have world-class players in their ranks but who is most reliant on one man? We have pored over the statistics to see which player carries his team furthest...
The Premier League leaders have been hugely impressive this season, scoring an eye-watering 49 goals and their defence has become tighter than a duck's proverbial rear end. On the face of it, the goals appear to have been shared round, although one man has been central to their success (and it won't surprise you to find out who it is...).
Mo Salah. The Egyptian star has been involved in 20 league goals for the Reds this term, scoring 13 and laying on seven assists, meaning he has contributed to 40.8% of Liverpool's goals. Criticism of Salah and talk of his demise earlier this season appears to have been premature.
The Citizens are the top scorers in the division with 56 goals and they appear to spread their goals around better than anyone, with Sergio Aguero playing a part in 15 (ten goals and five assists) and David Silva in 14 (seven and seven).
It is Raheem Sterling who has been their main man though, scoring nine and setting up seven to contribute to 28.57% of City's league goal tally.
Tottenham's reliance on Harry Kane has perhaps been a bit overstated as Christian Eriksen has also weighed in with four goals and seven assists.
Kane has scored 12 and set up four so far, contributing to 34.7% of his side's goal in the league.
Eden Hazard could be forgiven for having backache, such has been the extra weight he has been carrying on his shoulders for much of this season. The Blues playmaker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since the start of last summer, with Real Madrid metaphorically fluttering their eyelashes at the Belgian star, but Chelsea really cannot afford to lose him.
The Blues have scored 38 goals this season - the least of any of the current top-six - and Eden Hazard has played a part in 50% of them, scoring ten and affecting nine assists.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a revelation since joining from Borussia Dortmund last January as he has scored goals for fun, including 14 goals to go along with his three assists this season.
The forward struggles against the better teams in the division - he has scored just two (both in December's meeting with Tottenham) against the traditional big-six during his time in North London - but he has played a part in 36.9% of Arsenal's goals during this 2018/19 campaign.
Finally, Paul Pogba has been much-maligned for his questionable attitude and yet he is still their leading player when it comes to contributing goals. The World Cup winner has scored seven and laid on six, meaning he has played a part in 30% of United's goals so far.
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