Comparing the conversion rates of the top 10 goalscorers in Europe

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We’re well into the football season now, and Europe’s top five leagues are beginning to take shape. 

While Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are conspicuously absent, there’s a lot of familiar names among Europe’s top 10 goalscorers so far this season, as well as a few surprise names.

But who’s the most clinical of all of them? We’ve looked at the top 10 goalscorers in Europe’s top five leagues – the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Ligue and Ligue 1 – and ranked them in order of shots needed per goal.

10. Karim Benzema – 4.55 shots per goal

Since the departure of Ronaldo, the Frenchman now takes goalscoring responsibility. He’s stepping up, too, as La Liga’s top scorer with nine goals, and he’s actually scored more club goals than Ronaldo at Juventus since the start of last season.

He’s not been especially clinical, though. He’s taken 41 shots so far this season, hitting the target with just under half (49%), and scoring with 22% of them.

9. Sergio Aguero – 3.33 shots per goal

Manchester City’s main man up front was the Premier League’s early pacesetter with eight goals in the first six games of the season. But he’s fallen down the goalscoring charts, and his goals-per-shot ratio has taken a hit with one goal in his last six league appearances.

He’s taken 30 shots this season, scoring nine and hitting the target with 40% of them.

8. Tammy Abraham – 3.20 shots per goal

One of the stories of the season, the Chelsea academy graduate is relishing the opportunity at his parent club after a series of loan moves away.

The 22-year-old’s up to double figures with 10 goals from 32 shots, with 63% on target.

7. Romelu Lukaku – 3.11 shots per goal

The Inter Milan striker is up to nine Serie A goals this season, just one behind his former club Manchester United since the start of September.

He’s scored those nine goals from just 28 shots, 64% on target.

6. Timo Werner – 2.90 shots per goal

RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is up to 11 goals this season, on track to beat his best goalscoring campaign of 21 goals back in 2016-17.

The Germany international has scored those 11 goals from 32 shots, on target with 69% of his efforts.

5. Robert Lewandowski – 2.68 shots per goal

Lewandowski could well be on for a career-best campaign at the age of 31. He’s way out in front in Europe’s top five leagues with 16 league goals, and he’s scored in every Bundesliga and Champions League appearance so far this season.

He does take a lot of shots – 43 in total is more than anyone else on this list – but he’s not been especially wasteful. He’s scored with 37% of his shots and been on target with 56%.

4. Wissam Ben Yedder – 2.44 shots per goal

Monaco brought the striker back to Ligue 1 from Sevilla in the summer, and he’s delivering. He’s joint top scorer in Ligue 1 with nine goals.

Impressively, he’s taken just 22 shots, 17 of which have been on target (that’s 77%).

3. Ciro Immobile – 2.42 shots per goal

Serie A’s top scorer has 14 already, averaging more than a goal a game. He’s now notched more than a hundred goals since signing for Lazio in 2016.

Those 14 goals have come from 34 shots (56% on target).

2. Rouwen Hennings – 2.22 shots per goal

Suddenly, everything seems to be turning to gold for 32-year-old Fortuna Düsseldorf striker Rouwen Hennings. He’s spent the vast majority of his career outside the top flight in Germany, with a short spell in the Championship with Burnley in 2016.

He’s up to nine goals already in the Bundesliga, and has just been lethal with the few efforts he does have. He’s only had 20 shots this season, 15 of which have been on target (75%).

1. Jamie Vardy – 2.09 shots per goal

Brendan Rodgers has brilliantly refined Jamie Vardy’s game down to the basics. He doesn’t quite chase everything down like he once did, but he doesn’t need to with a brutal minimalism to his game.

He tops the Premier League goalscoring charts with 11 goals. That’s from just 23 shots, 16 (70%) of which have been on target.

For reference, Wolves’ Raul Jimenez (27 shots, five goals), Burnley’s Ashley Barnes (28 shots, five goals) and Brighton’s Neal Maupay (25 shots, four goals) have all shot more but yielded fewer than half as many goals.

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