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Chicharito closing in on Cahill record

2 Dec 2018
Chicharito scored twice in West Ham's win at Newcastle

West Ham striker's double edges him towards best PL total of goals scored exclusively in the penalty area

By scoring twice for West Ham United against Newcastle United on Saturday Chicharito not only helped his side on their way to a rare 3-0 away victory at St James' Park, but he closed in on a Premier League record.

Chicharito's goals in the 11th and 63rd minute of the match gave the Hammers their greatest Premier League victory at Newcastle since October 1998, which was also a 3-0 triumph.

They also helped the Mexican striker to close in on an individual landmark set by Tim Cahill.

Australian midfielder Cahill is the player to have scored the most PL goals exclusively from inside the penalty area, with 56.

Chicharito's double took him to 48 goals in the competition, all of which have been scored in the 18-yard box.

Most PL goals only in penalty area
Player Goals
Tim Cahill 56
Chicharito 48
John Terry 41
David Unsworth 38
Kevin Doyle 37
Top-ten performer

Chicharito is also among the very best when it comes to his goal ratio.

He is in the top 10 for goals scored per minute in the Premier League, with an average of 141.5 minutes per strike.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero leads the way (108.1 minutes per goal) for those who have scored at least 20 PL goals.

Player Goals Minutes Mins/goal
Sergio Aguero 151 16329 108.1
Mohamed Salah 41 4570 111.5
Harry Kane 115 13364 116.2
Thierry Henry 175 21313 121.8
Ruud van Nistelrooy 95 12178 128.2
Gabriel Jesus 21 2703 128.7
Luis Suarez 69 9577 138.8
Robin van Persie 144 20155 139.7
Hernan Crespo 20 2813 140.7
Chicharito 48 6794 141.5

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