16 Players With Most League Goal Involvements across Europe's Big 5
A list with statistics of the players who have the highest number cumulatively of goals and assists so far this season across all teams in Europe's big 5 as at 23rd January, 2020.
14. Starting this list with a cumulative of 17 league goals and assists is Raul Jimenez. The Wolverhampton Wanderers' record signing has continued the form which saw him win the club's 2018/2019 players' player of the season award following his impressive performances on loan from Benfica.
The Mexican international has 11 goals from 27 shots on target and 30 big chances with a goal conversion rate of about 15%. Wolves' single Premier league season highest goalscorer also has made 6 assists, 12 key passes and 18 chances.
14. At joint 14th spot is Senegalese superstar, Sadio Mané. The 2019 African player of the year has been in very impressive form for the Reds who are currently 16 points clear at the top of the English Premier league table after 23 match weeks.
The Liverpool talisman has scored 11 goals from 26 shots on target and 30 big chances with a shots conversion rate of 22.45%. He has also made 6 assists to his teammates with 12 key passes and 18 chances created in total.
14. Kylian Mbappe who has recently been effusive in praising Mané's Liverpool has also gotten himself as many goal involvements in the French Ligue 1 as the Senegalese has in the EPL this season.
The French golden boy hasn't lost his shooting boots as he has scored 13 goals from 35 shots on target and 34 big chances with a shots to goal conversion rate of 22.41%. He's also helped his team's cause with 4 assists, 12 key passes and 16 chances created.
9. With a number of players sharing 9th spot, the recently highly criticised Uruguayan has shown he's not done at the top level yet with a total of 18 goal involvements in the Spanish La Liga alone.
The Barcelona no 9 has 11 goals from 29 shots on target and 30 big chances with a conversion rate of 21.15%. Along with those, Luis Suarez has 7 assists, 6 key passes and 13 chances created in the league so far.
9. Next at number nine is Los Blancos' 2018/2019 top scorer, Karim Benzema. The ex-France international who has been exiled from the France National team since October, 2015 has led Real Madrid's attack since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure in 2018.
The Frenchman has proved Madrid's decision to back him right as their first-choice striker. The 32-year old has 13 league goals, 36 shots on target, 34 big chances with a conversion rate of 17.33%. He also has 5 assists and 7 key passes whilst creating 12 chances.
9. AS Monaco's leading goalscorer this season finds himself in joint-9th place. The former Toulouse amd Sevilla striker has helped himself to 14 goals from 29 shots on target and 28 big chances with a goal conversion rate of 28.57%.
The 29-year old Frenchman has also recorded 4 assists, 18 key passes and 22 chances created. His goal involvements constitute exactly 50% of Monaco's 36 Ligue 1 goals this season.
9. Also at number nine is England and Manchester United's marksman Marcus Rashford. This season has been Rashford's best by a mile for his club even with over a third of the season to go. The lad born in Wythenshawe, Manchester has 14 goals, 34 shots on target and 36 big chances with a conversion rate of 20.29%.
He has also managed 4 assists, 7 key passes and 11 chances created. He has scored or assisted exactly half of Man United's league goals this season; literally carrying the team on his back; the cause of his recent back injury therefore needs not be explained.
9. Top of the 9ths is Cristiano Ronaldo. He started slowly this season and doubters were once again questioning if he could still deliver at 34, thinking he was done at the very top. However, he has stormed into 2020 with 7 goals in 4 games in all competitions.
The Old Lady's biggest superstar has 16 goals, 40 shots on target and 38 big chances with a fairly poor 17.2% shots to goal conversion rate (only higher than De Bruyne's among the players on this list). The 5-time Ballon d'Or winner has 2 assists, 10 key passes and 12 chances created too.
8. Number 8 sees Sergio Kun Aguero with one more goal involvement than the 9ths with 19. With 7 goals from his last 3 matches in the league, the Argentine marksman has reminded everyone why at 31 he's still preferred to Gabriel Jesus by Pep Guardiola to lead his line.
EPL's highest foreign goalscorer and EPL's 4th all-time highest goalscorer has 16 goals from 22 shots on target and 32 big chances with a conversion rate of 27.27%. The player with the most hattricks in EPL history also has 3 assists, 4 key passes and 7 chances created so far this season.
6. Joint 6th spot sees Jadon Sancho with 20 goal involvements. The mercurial Borussia Dortmund player has 10 goals from 19 shots on target and only 18 big chances and a highly impressive conversion rate of 31.25%, second only to Jamie Vardy's on this list.
The 19-year old childhood Chelsea fan, who has been linked to Europe's top clubs for a transfer this winter window, has 10 assists, 4 key passes and created 14 chances.
6. Level with Jadon Sancho is the world's current Ballon d'Or holder. After starting the season in red-hot form, the diminutive Argentine seems to have cooled down a bit as the season has progressed.
Barcelona's record goalscorer has 14 goals from 31 shots on target and 30 big chances with a conversion rate of 25%. Lionel Messi has also tallied 6 assists and 17 key passes whilst creating 23 chances.
5. At no 5's sole spot is the rejuvenated Jamie Vardy. The ex-England international whose 8-match goalscoring streak this season stopped just 3 short of his own 11-match record has found the net harder to find since that streak ended with 1 in his last 5 matches.
Despite that, he has 17 goals from 31 shots on target and 30 big chances with a very high conversation rate of 36.17%. EPL's current highest goalscorer has 4 assists, 8 key passes and 12 chances created. Even at 32, he is definitely poised to better his 2015/2016 tally of 24 with 16 matches to go.
3. Kevin De Bruyne jointly holds 3rd spot with his 22 league goal involvements. The former Chelsea and VfL Wolfsburg midfielder returned this season with a bang. After missing most of last season to injury, the Belgian has started almost all of Manchester City's league matches this season, and to devastating effect too.
His defense-opening passes and eye for goal have ensured that he's been involved in 33.85% of Manchester City's league goals this season. That's even more impressive considering that Man City are one of Europe's highest scoring teams.
He has reminded us all of the quality of performances he showed in 2017/2018 that got him touted as the world's best midfielder and that his performances are due to his permanent class rather than any temporary form. He however has just 7 goals from 18 shots on target and 24 big chances with a pretty low conversion rate of 11.11%, easily the lowest of the 14 players.0
But then again his main ability is his unmatched passing not his shooting. The midfield maestro more than makes up for lack of goals as with his unmatched vision and technical passing ability he has created a Europe-high 15 league goals, 23 key passes and 38 chances. Man City's chief orchestrator is arguably the world's best player in midfield.
3. Robert Lewandowski equals De Bruyne's 22 goal involvements. The Bavarian marksman is the joint highest goalscorer in the Bundelisga.
The Polish striker who had 16 goals from only 11 matches as at November has only improved that number to 20 goals in 18 matches from 39 shots on target and 46 big chances with a shots conversion rate of 25%. He has also helped his team's cause with 2 assists, 11 key passes and 13 chances created.
2. Timo Wemer is second only to Ciro Immobile for league goal involvements this season with 26. The 23-year old has blistering pace, trickery, body strength and a keen eye for goal and pass all in his arsenal.
No wonder Europe's biggest teams are reportedly interested in securing his services. The Stuttgart academy graduate's goals have helped RB Leipzig to 1st in the Bundelisga and has had a hand in about half (50.98%) the goals his team have scored in the league. Only Lazio's Immobile has been more instrumental to his team.
His 26 goal involvements are second to none in the Bundesliga and his 20 goals from 41 shots on target and 39 big chances are joint-top. His 6 assists are behind only 5 players in the Bundesliga. He has also averaged 16 key passes and 22 chances, both figures pretty high for a centre forward.
1. At the very top of the pile is Lazio's Ciro Immobile. His 14 goals in his last 11 Serie A matches have helped Lazio's 11-match winning streak with more than half those matches won by his decisive strikes. Infact he has been directly involved in 60.87% of Lazio's 46 goals, the most by quite a distance of the players on this list.
The 29-year old Italian international has scored 23 goals from 40 shots on target and 35 big chances with a shots to goal conversion rate of 29.87%. He also has 5 assists, 12 key passes and 17 chances created. If Lazio's hitman's purple patch allows him to continue in this rich vein of form, he can finally establish himself as one of world football's most prolific finishers.
Goal involvements are crucial in determining the recipient for the many Best Player awards and each of these 16 players would be looking to increase their chances of nicking one, or at least better their reputation and standing in World Football.
Statistical data via www.one-versus-one.com.