Mo Salah on list of worst Premier League finishers this season being owned by their xG

Liverpool winger Mo Salah rues a missed chance Credit: Alamy
Liverpool winger Mo Salah rues a missed chance Credit: Alamy

We bring you the top/bottom 10 players who are massively underperforming in front of goal this season, and Mo Salah is on that list. The guy at the top is having an absolute mare, mind…

Oh and we don’t hold no truck with penalties so we have taken those numbers out.

 

10) Richarlison (Tottenham)
Expected goals: 1.5
Actual goals: 0

Currently being much missed by Tottenham but not for his goals, which have been very slow in coming for Tottenham since his summer switch from Everton. He really should have scored in a north London derby billed as Richarlison v Jesus (who is also being owned by his xG despite scoring five goals, by the way).

 

9) Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest)
Expected goals: 1.5
Actual goals: 0

Simple advice: Stop taking so many shots, Ryan. Thanks. As you were.

 

8) Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United)
Expected goals: 2.6
Actual goals: 1

In three of four Premier League seasons, Bowen has scored fewer goals than his xG suggests he should. But this is his worst deficit yet; only one open-play goal in this campaign for a player who takes way more shots than any of his West Ham teammates.

 

7) Amadou Onana (Everton)
Expected goals: 1.6
Actual goals: 0

He looks like a genuinely excellent footballer, but a genuinely excellent goalscorer he is not. “From my point, I worked hard to score goals. I repeated, repeated and repeated from 10 years old to when I finished to score goals. It’s my job to pass that on,” says boss Frank Lampard. Right now, he is not quite doing that job with Onana.

 

6) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Expected goals: 4.7
Actual goals: 3

Even in winning a share of the Golden Boot last season, Salah was still scoring fewer goals than xG suggested he actually should. Indeed, only once has he significantly outperformed his xG – during the 32-goal heroics of 2017/18. But this year has offered a new low after signing that massive new contract. Coincidence?

 

5) Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Expected goals: 4.3
Actual goals: 2

He’s still wondering now (and so is Steven Gerrard) how he didn’t score v Leeds United with any of his six shots. It is also worth noting that Wakins’ xG is slightly skewed by needing three shots in a row to beat David Raya as Villa romped to a 4-0 win over Brentford at the weekend.

 

4) Solly March (Brighton)
Expected goals: 2.3
Actual goals: 0

An absolute parody of a football team. It takes a certain kind of skill to take 23 shots without accidentally scoring once off your arse.

 

3) Joe Willock (Newcastle United)
Expected goals: 2.5
Actual goals: 0

After the highs of the half-season when he was +5.0 on his xG with eight goals have come the lows of two goals from 35 shots and now zero goals from 22 shots. He should join Brighton.

 

2) Danny Welbeck (Brighton)
Expected goals: 2.9
Actual goals: 0

An absolute parody of a football team. It takes a certain kind of skill to take 25 shots without accidentally scoring once off your arse.

 

1) Patrick Bamford
Expected goals: 3.2
Actual goals: 0

He has played less than four-and-a-half games of Premier League football this season but has somehow contrived to miss nine Big Chances. That’s almost like performance art. How did he not score v Brentford? How did he not score v Leicester? HOW HAS HE NOT SODDING SCORED AT ALL?

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