If a football player wants to be called a star striker, he has to be able to score at any time, anywhere and against any opposition. One way to test this is how many goals a forward has scored at home and away.
Some Premier League top scorers can be branded as ‘complete strikers’, as they balance their goals, while others only work their magic primarily in one place.
It’s striking the three leading top scorers in the Premier League are all balanced once. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 16 goals in total, while he’s scored nine at home and seven on the road.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Watford’s Odion Ighalo have racked up 15 goals, with both players hitting the net eight times in front of their respective home crowds and seven times in an away match.
That other Leicester star, Riyad Mahrez, has a far less balanced scoring sheet than his team-mate Jamie Vardy. The 24-year-old has scored just four of his 13 goals at home, hitting the net nine times on the road.
Spurs’ Harry Kane sits at 13 goals, with a nicely balanced total of seven home goals and six away goals, while the same can’t be said about Man City’s Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian has racked up nine goals at the Etihad, with just three away from Manchester.
The same is true for that other 12 goal man, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who has scored eight goals on the road, compared to just four at the Emirates.
But the most remarkable goal scorer is Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman has hit the net nine times this season, with all of his goals being scored at home!
The ranking (via Transfermarkt):