One-Man Team? Stats Reveal How Reliant Every Premier League Club Has Been on Their Top Goalscorer

One player is always going to score more goals for any given club than the rest; but the more reliant a team is on a certain individual, the more at risk they usually find themselves if that star man gets injured or cannot maintain their form. From least to most, here's a look at how much every Premier League club has been relying on a single goalscorer this season, calculated in terms of what percentage of the total team goals have been scored by just one player... Team Goals: 24 Defoe's...

Stoke City - Joe Allen (19%)

Team Goals: 32

Allen's Goals: 6

Despite Stoke's array of attacking options, it's actually midfielder Joe Allen who leads the way for the Potters this season. That being said, he's closely followed by Peter Crouch, Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri, and former favourite Bojan Krkic, before he left for Germany.

Southampton - Charlie Austin (19%)

Team Goals: 32

Austin's Goals: 6

Southampton haven't been allowed to rely on Charlie Austin's goals this season, largely because of the striker's lengthy injury absence. Nathan Redmond has contributed five goals to the club's tally, while Manolo Gabbiadini has scored four in his first three league games.

West Bromwich Albion - Salomon Rondon (19%)

Team Goals: 36

Rondon's Goals: 7

Given that West Brom are enjoying one of their best ever Premier League seasons, you could be forgiven for assuming that one star name had stood out. Salomon Rondon has led the way with his seven goals, but it has very much been a team effort from the Baggies.

Liverpool - Sadio Mane (20%)

Team Goals: 60

Mane's Goals: 12

Sadio Mane's form since arriving at Liverpool in the summer have made the Senegalese winner worth every penny of the reported £34m paid for his services. But promisingly for the Reds, five other players have contributed at least five Premier League goals as well.

Manchester City - Sergio Aguero (23%)

Team Goals: 53

Aguero's Goals: 12

Sergio Aguero is having a relatively dry season by his own high standards. His goal tally might also have been more had he not sat out, serving suspensions on two separate occasions. As it is, five other players have chipped in with at least four goals to help City out.

Leicester City - Jamie Vardy (23%)

Team Goals: 30

Vardy's Goals: 7

This season has been nothing like the last one for Jamie Vardy. But, then again, this season has been nothing like last term for Leicester as a club, so the former non-league star remains the Foxes' top scorer. Riyad Mahrez has similarly dropped off after the 2015/16 fairytale.

West Ham United - Michail Antonio (24%)

Team Goals: 38

Antonio's Goal: 9

A lack of consistently fit and available strikers has seen Michail Antonio emerge as West Ham's top scorer this season. He's scored as many as Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew combined, but 12 different Hammers players have netted in the league overall.

Crystal Palace - Christian Benteke (26%)

Team Goals: 35

Benteke's Goals: 9

Crystal Palace fans might have been hoping for a greater return from £27m summer signing Christian Benteke this season. While most teams would hope not to be relying so much on a single player, there is certainly a feeling that the Belgian has underwhelmed for his price tag.

Burnley - Andre Gray (26%)

Team Goals: 31

Gray's Goals: 8

From non-league level in 2014 to the Premier League by 2016, Andre Gray has managed an impressive return in front of goal in his debut top flight campaign. Burnley have generally spread the goals around, with 14 different scorers contributing to the current tally of 31.

Hull City - Robert Snodgrass (27%)

Team Goals: 26

Snodgrass' Goals: 7

Robert Snodgrass remains Hull's top scorer this season despite leaving the club for West Ham during the January transfer window. Oumar Niasse has picked up the slack since and has scored three goals in his last five games since arriving on Humberside.

Watford - Troy Deeney (27%)

Team Goals: 33

Deeney's Goals: 9

Troy Deeney is having another solid Premier League season as Watford look almost certain to stay in the top flight for a third consecutive season. The goals of Odion Ighalo have been lost, but the Hornets have had 14 different scorers with plenty of firepower all over the pitch.

Bournemouth - Joshua King (28%)

Team Goals: 40

King's Goals: 11

Joshua King has enjoyed a quietly prolific season for Bournemouth, by far the best of his career - in fact. Prior to 2016/17, his best league goal haul was six, which he's nearly doubled with more than 10 games left to play. The Cherries have had goals from elsewhere, too.

Chelsea - Diego Costa (30%)

Team Goals: 57

Costa's Goals: 17

Diego Costa has returned to the kind of form this season that saw him win a Premier League title with Chelsea in his debut campaign in 2014/15. A mid-season fall-out with Antonio Conte over a potential move to China threatened to ruin that, but he's now back on track.

Swansea City - Fernando Llorente (31%)

Team Goals: 36

Llorente's Goals: 11

It might ultimately be the goals of Spanish striker Fernando Llorente that save Swansea from what looked like certain relegation before Christmas. He's actually scored eight of his 11 goals as braces, all of which have resulted in Swansea wins.

Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez (31%)

Team Goals: 55

Sanchez's Goals: 17

Operating in a new centre-forward role for much of the first half of the season boosted Alexis Sanchez's goal tally. The Chilean, who is still to agree a new contract, has scored much less frequently since the turn of the calendar year, though.

Middlesbrough - Alvaro Negredo (32%)

Team Goals: 19

Negredo's Goals: 6

Middlesbrough have scored a league low 19 goals so far this season, meaning that even Alvaro Negredo's relatively low tally of six still counts for nearly a third of the team's whole. Cristhian Stuani is the only other to score more than two.

Tottenham Hotspur - Harry Kane (36%)

Team Goals: 53

Kane's Goals: 19

With Harry Kane facing an unspecified amount of time in the treatment room after a second ankle ligament injury of the season, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino must now hope that someone else will step up, with Champions League qualification on the line.

Manchester United - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38%)

Team Goals: 39

Ibrahimovic's Goals: 15

Critics suggested that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would struggle in the Premier League after arriving from French football in summer. Not only has the Swede proved them wrong, he's scored well over a third of Manchester United's Premier League's goals and is a genuine talisman.

Everton - Romelu Lukaku (40%)

Team Goals: 47

Lukaku's Goals: 19

Romelu Lukaku may not be an Everton for player for too much longer, but he's never been more important for the Toffees. One has to hope that if there's anyone out there who can find a suitable and worthwhile replacement, it will be Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh.

Sunderland - Jermain Defoe (58%)

Team Goals: 24

Defoe's Goals: 14

Sunderland are bottom of the table as things stand, but what even WORSE fate might have befallen them without the goals of Jermain Defoe? The veteran striker kept the Black Cats up last season, but he may not be able to do it again in 2016/17.

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