Five key Premier League strikers

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Football is ultimately a team game, but that's not to say that there aren't clubs out there that rely heavily on the goals, assists, creativity and influence of an individual player.

Liverpool are the classic case of a 'one man team' in the Premier League this season, with Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez providing the focal point of Brendan Rodgers' attack, after injuries ravaged his Anfield squad.

Robin van Persie was formerly Arsene Wenger's leading light at Arsenal, with critics of the north London club wondering how the Gunners would cope without their talismanic captain, and leading goalscorer, after he opted to swap the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford, and join Manchester United back in August.

The Dutchman has continued to play a pivotal part in Sir Alex Ferguson's side this campaign, even with the support of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in one of the most lethal forward lines in Premier League history.

However, the list extends much further afield than the aforementioned players, with many more frontmen whose vital statistics in front of goal suggest that their respective teams would be utterly lost without them.

It's fair to say that some strikers are so central to their side's success, that their absence would have a disastrous impact.

And, to help prove the point with the help of statistics from, GMF brings you a breakdown of the five most influential players in terms of proportion of a team's total shots this season.

5. Robin van Persie | Manchester United


59 shots (22% of team total) | 12 goals (28% of team total)

4. Christian Benteke | Aston Villa

45 shots (23% of team total) | 5 goals (33% of team total)

3. Jermain Defoe | Tottenham Hotspur

68 shots (24% of team total) | 9 goals (30% of team total)

2. Demba Ba | Newcastle United

70 shots (29% of team total) | 11 goals (58% of team total)

1. Luis Suarez | Liverpool

96 shots (30% of team total) | 10 goals (44% of team total)

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