Crystal Palace Destroyer Revealed as Premier League's Most Dangerous Headed Goalscorer This Season

Jamie Spencer
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Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke moved to the very top of the Premier League goal charts when it comes to headed goals after stopped to nod home in the Eagles' crucial win over Liverpool last weekend.


Data courtesy of EA SPORTS can reveal that was the Belgian's sixth headed goal of the Premier League season, moving him level with Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Llorente and Michail Antonio as the joint most prolific scorer of headed goals in 2016/17.

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Other players who haven been lethal with their head include Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, £29m Leicester record buy Islam Slimani and West Brom target man Salomon Rondon with five each, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dele Alli and Gareth McAuley have all scored four headers.


Top 10 Scorers of Headed Premier League Goals This Season:


​Player Club​ Headed Goals
Christian Benteke​ Crystal Palace​ ​6
​Romelu Lukaku ​Everton ​6
​Fernando Llorente ​Swansea City ​6
​Michail Antonio West Ham United​ 6​
Olivier Giroud​ Arsenal​ 5​
Islam Slimani​ Leicester City​ 5​
Salomon Rondon​ West Bromwich Albon​ 5​
​Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United​ 4​
Dele Alli​ Tottenham Hotspur​ 4​
​Gareth McAuley West Bromwich Albion​ 4​


But not only is Benteke joint top of the standings in terms of headed goals in pure numbers alone, the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker has also relied on his head more than than the rest of the Premier League's top scorers.

Joint 9th on the overall top scorer list with 14 total goals, Benteke has seen 43% of his tally come from headers. Lukaku and Alli, on the other hand, have only scored a quarter of their totals with headed attempts, while Ibrahimovic has scored 24% of his 17 from headers.

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Headed goals have actually been relatively rare among the rest of the Premier League's hottest forwards this season. Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa have only scored four between them, with Harry Kane surprisingly netting only once with his head - just 5% of his goals.

Short in stature, Eden Hazard and Jermain Defoe, who have 29 Premier League goals combined this season, haven't scored a single header between them.

Reliance on Headed Goals Among Premier League Top 10 Scorers:


​Player Total Goals​ Headed Goals​ Headers as % of Total Goals​
​Christian Benteke ​14 6​ 43%​
​Romelu Lukaku ​24 ​6 ​25%
​Dele Alli ​16 4​ 25%​
Zlatan Ibrahimovic​ 17​ 4​ 24%​
Sergio Aguero​ 17​ 2​ 12%​
Diego Costa​ 19​ 2​ 11%​
Alexis Sanchez​ 19​ 2​ 11%​
Harry Kane​ 20​ 1​ 5%​
​Eden Hazard ​15 ​0 0%​
Jermain Defoe​ 14​ 0​ 0%​


The Headed Goal Which Saw Benteke Selected for EA Sports TOTW

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League

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