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Top 10: Premier League's most lethal marksmen (1)

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is the most lethal marksman in Premier League history, averaging a goal every 118 minutes of football in England's top-flight.

With continued speculation surrounding the Mexican international's future at Old Trafford, David Moyes will be even more determined to tie the 25-year-old down to a new long-term contract, in a bid to ward off interest from a growing list of rival suitors.

Of all players to have scored at least 20 Premier League goals, Hernandez boasts the best minutes per goal ratio, despite the fact he continues to be used sparingly by the reigning champions.

Hernandez has carved out a niche as a modern-day 'super sub', but is growing increasingly frustrated at his limited opportunities in Manchester United's starting XI.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, competition for places is at an all-time high, but on this evidence, Moyes must not continue to overlook the impact player.

Despite his impressive individual statistics, Hernandez maintains a strong team ethic, blending his ruthless nature in front of goal with a selflessness that is often uncommon among strikers.

"It's the best feeling for a striker to score," he told ManUtd.com. "I [also] enjoy making a good pass or giving an assist.

"You have to enjoy those things as much as scoring goals. I never play just to score; I'm not upset if I haven't scored in a couple of games. I don't think, 'I have to score in the next one', because I know football can go like that sometimes.

"As long as the team is winning, that's the most important thing. It's part of our job as strikers to score goals, but I train and play the game to enjoy every pass, shot, movement, assist and goal.

"I try to experience all the things that football can give you in the same way."

In tribute to Hernandez's impeccable goalscoring record, check out the Premier League's 10 most lethal marksmen, based on all players to have scored 20+ goals in England's top tier, with thanks to Opta for providing the stats!

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