It's no secret that Jamie Vardy has been the in-form striker of this Premier League season, but when taking a more in-depth look at the Englishman’s shooting statistics, there are some interesting facts that set him apart from his competition.
The striker has managed to find the back of the net 19 times this season, making him the league’s top scorer with Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku trailing closely behind with 16 goals each.
For Vardy, this is an accomplishment that he, nor anyone else, would have likely predicted.
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Unsurprisingly, the secret to the top three’s success has been their willingness to shoot. Not only do the deadly trio lead in goals but also top the charts in total shots taken. The saying remains true that those who are not afraid to shoot are more likely score goals.
However, what is most notable for Jamie Vardy is his shot conversion - 41 of his 85 shots have found the target, while just under half of those have ended up in the back of the net. In short, roughly 25% of all Vardy’s shots result in goals.
Considering the English ace averages more than three shots per game, those are some pretty good odds in his favour and surely a pleasing statistic for manager Claudio Ranieri.
In this respect, Vardy’s astounding numbers have surpassed the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, all of whom have a fair number of goals in their respective leagues.
Currently, the only striker with a comparable number of goals who surpasses the Premier League’s top scorer in this area is Barcelona's Luis Suarez, with a stunning 27% shot/goal ratio. The Uruguayan striker has scored 24 of his 90 opportunities.
If Suarez is the only competition Vardy has, most would conclude that he has most definitely exceeded expectations. Leicester City fans can only hope such form continues throughout their remaining 12 games.