Sunday 25 September 2016

Christian Benteke the most prolific Premier League scorer from bench this season

Published 12/05/2016 | 16:41

Christian Benteke is likely to leave Liverpool
Christian Benteke is likely to leave Liverpool

Christian Benteke's stoppage-time equaliser against Chelsea made the Belgium forward the most prolific goalscorer in the Premier League from the substitute bench this season.

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Benteke's header was his ninth league goal of the season with six of those coming off the bench to take him two clear of teammate Divock Origi and former Reds striker Andy Carroll, who have four goals each.

Between the two Liverpool strikers, they have outscored every other Premier League team, helping Liverpool lead the way with the most scored from substitutes with 15 goals in total, almost double the amount of second-placed Arsenal, Everton, Southampton and Sunderland who have scored eight.

The Reds' total of 15 comes to 24.2% of the all the goals that the Merseyside club has scored this season, while north-west rivals Manchester United prop up that list with their solidarity goal contributing to just 2.2% of their overall goals scored.

The highest percentage of personal success in front of goal is Sunderland's Duncan Watmore, who has scored all three of his Premier League goals from the substitutes bench while Origi comes in second with 80% (4/5) of his Liverpool goals coming from the dugout. Norwich's Steven Naismith comes third with three of his four goals giving him a 75% ratio after coming onto the pitch.

Surprisingly, champions Leicester have conceded the most goals by replacements with 13, equating to 37.1% of the goals shipped in this season while Sunderland are the only side in England's top-flight to not concede a goal from a substitute going into the final round of fixtures.

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