Race for Golden Boot: Kane the most balanced

19 Feb 2018

We analyse how and when Kane, Aguero and Salah score their goals in pursuit of the Premier League Golden Boot

With the race for the 2017/18 Premier League Golden Boot hotting up, we compare the three leading contenders.

When looking at how Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero score their goals, there is almost a balance across the three of them.

Balanced Kane

Salah and Aguero's goals are dominated by a different foot each, the left of Liverpool's Salah accounting for all but three of his 22 goals, and the right of Aguero providing almost three-quarters of his 21 strikes.

Kane's goals for Tottenham Hotspur, by contrast, have a symmetry to their source: nine from his right foot, nine from his left and five from his head.

Aguero's close-range dominance

Only one of Aguero's goals has come from outside the penalty area, while Kane and Salah have shot with success from outside the box three times.

Aguero's overall total is aided by more opportunities from the penalty spot.

Four of the Manchester City striker's goals this season have come from the spot, compared with just one for Salah and two for Kane.

However, the latter two have also missed one penalty each.

Source of their goals
 Goals Salah Kane Aguero
Left foot 19 9 1
Right foot 2 9 15
Head 1 5 5
Inside box 19 20 20
Outside box 3 3 1
Direct FK 0 0 0
Penalty 1 2 4

When looking at when Kane, Salah and Aguero score their goals, all three seem to thrive more in the second half than the first.

Each have scored more after the break with 70% of Aguero's goals coming in the second half and more than a third in the final quarter of an hour.

By contrast, Aguero has yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a match, while Kane and Salah have five between them.

Salah seems to thrive as opponents seemingly tire. Nearly half of his goals (10 out of 22) have come in the final 15 minutes of each half.

Timings of their goals
 Minutes Salah Kane Aguero
0-15 2 3 0
16-30 3 4 4
31-45 5 3 2
46-60 4 6 4
61-75 3 4 3
76-90 5 3 8
Also in this series

Part 1: Race for Golden Boot: Trio move clear of the pack
Part 3: Race for Golden Boot: Aguero the most lethal
Part 4: Race for Golden Boot: Salah strikes the most valuable
Part 5: Race for Golden Boot: History favours Kane

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