Premier League’s best finishers 23/24: Son leads top 10 dominated by Brighton

Son Heung-Min scored twice v Arsenal Credit: Alamy
Son Heung-Min scored twice v Arsenal Credit: Alamy

It’s early in the season but these lads are showing no signs of rust in front of goal. The armband and Angeball suits Son.

We’ve had a good laugh at the players who are being most conspicuously owned by their xG stats, so it’s only right and fair that we acknowledge those at the other end of the scale who are making a mockery of the boffins’ projections.


1) Son Heung-min (Tottenham): +2.9
Expected goals: 2.1
Actual goals: 5

Scored a hat-trick at Burnley from an overall xG of 1.4 and then added a couple more v Arsenal. The armband definitely suits him.


2) Hwang Hee-chan (Wolves): +2.5
Expected goals: 0.5
Actual goals: 3

Scored three goals from an overall xG of 0.5. Not that it counted for anything – Wolves lost all three games in which he scored.


3) Mathias Jensen (Brentford): +1.8
Expected goals: 0.2
Actual goals: 2

Two goals from four shots this season. You have to like those odds.


4) Evan Ferguson (Brighton): +1.5
Expected goals: 2.5
Actual goals: 4

Scored a hat-trick from an xG of 0.8 v Newcastle United. We mostly like how chuffed he looks every time he scores.


5) Solly March (Brighton): +1.5
Expected goals: 1.5
Actual goals: 3

Started the season on fire with three goals in the first two games. Not so much as a shot on target since.


6) Odsonne Edouard (Crystal Palace): +1.4
Expected goals: 2.6
Actual goals: 4

Scored with his one shot v Aston Villa to catapult himself into this list, way above the Norwegian goalbot who scored once from nine attempts v West Ham.


7) Gustavo Hamer (Sheffield United): +1.4
Expected goals: 0.6
Actual goals: 2

Needs to do a lot more of this if the Blades are to have any chance of survival.


8) Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton): +1.4
Expected goals: 1.6
Actual goals: 2

Remember when Brighton had a problem scoring goals?


9) Jhon Duran (Aston Villa): +1.3
Expected goals: 0.7
Actual goals: 2

Being Aston Villa’s back-up to Ollie Watkins suits him. The Colombian has a goal in him.


10) Jarrod Bowen (West Ham): +1.2
Expected goals: 2.8
Actual goals: 4

After a season of underscoring on his xG, Bowen is back with a bang for the Hammers.

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