BBC Sport recently uncovered some interesting stats for the calendar year of 2014 revealing that, despite him being absent for the first eight months of the year, Diego Costa is the most potent striker in the Premier League.
Taking into account his current scoring form of 14 goals in 17 league games, the Spaniard has achieved a goal ratio of 0.81 goals per game – which puts him above long term Premier League strikers Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney.
The two Manchester based strikers are fathoms apart in this regard though with Sergio Aguero just 0.03 goals per game behind Costa with 0.78 and Wayne Rooney representing the best of the rest with 0.57.
Costa’s goal scoring since his £32 million summer arrival at Stamford Bridge has been so consistent that he was deemed to be enduring a goal drought in late October because he hadn’t scored for three games!
Just below Rooney is the Premier League’s top goal scorer for the calendar year – Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony.
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The Ivorian’s 21 goals since January 2014 helped keep Swansea in the division in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign and have gone on to push the Swans on to better things as they enjoy something of a revival under Garry Monk.
Injured Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez also made the list bagging himself 0.50 goals per game as he went on a scoring spree between January and April.
But the England international has not made an appearance since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester City in April.
Edin Dzeko, Olivier Giroud and Papiss Cisse complete the list while Kevin Mirallas makes a surprise appearance averaging 0.42 goals per game in the blue of Everton.