Sunday 26 January 2020

Question nobody asked - Who is the lowest top scorer?

Didier Drogba closed the gap on Wayne Rooney by two on Saturday for the top scorer's prize, and the battle to be top scorer at individual clubs is a bit more competitive although, in many cases, it's because of an absence of quality.

There are 10 Premier League players in double figures in the scoring charts -- two from Chelsea and one from Manchester United, Sunderland, Tottenham, Everton, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

However, at the other end of the scale, the battle to be Stoke's top league goalscorer isn't so much coming to the boil as warming gently.

Tony Pulis' side are not in relegation danger, which is remarkable given that their joint top scorers Tuncay Sanli, Matthew Etherington and James Beattie have a grand total of three goals each -- fewer than Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe have managed in one match this season.

Like Stoke, Birmingham find themselves high up the table despite the absence of a goal poacher with Lee Bowyer and Cameron Jerome scoring five goals each. David Dunn (Blackburn) and Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth) also top their clubs' scoring charts with five while, on six goals, Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Stephen Hunt (Hull) and Steven Fletcher (Burnley) lead their slow race.

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