Diego Costa named Premier League top finisher

Diego Costa is the Premier League’s deadliest finisher, as revealed by a Squawka study.

Chelsea’s top scorer came out on top with the best conversion rate, pipping Tottenham’s Harry Kane, player of the year Eden Hazard and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

Costa enjoyed a fantastic debut year in the Premier League, ending the season with 20 goals on the way to firing the Blues to a first title in five years.

A conversion rate of 34.4% was the second best in Europe, worse only to wanted Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette who had a 34.6% conversion rate.

Kane Mania

The second-best striker in the Premier League is Harry Kane who rightly won Young Player of the Year after a quite brilliant season.

The goalscoring exploits in the 21-year-old’s breakthrough season saved Tottenham on so many occasions and earned him a first call-up to the England senior team, announcing himself with a debut goal against Lithuania.

His 32 goals in all competitions would have been unthinkable before the season and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino can thank the striker for attaining European football at White Hart Lane next season. Kane finished with a 25.9% conversion rate.

Eden needs to reach another level

He may not top the bill in terms of conversion rates, but there is no doubt Hazard was sensational this season.

A conversion rate of 25% - and Chelsea’s second-highest goalscorer in the league with 14 goals, contributing 9 assists - is impressive. But expectations of the Belgian will be to better that next season.

For a player of his ability, goals and assists, nearing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s levels are not beyond the realms of possibility. He should be aiming for that next season.

Giroud fourth despite missing four months

Olivier Giroud is the fourth best striker in the league in terms of conversion rate. His 14 goals, despite being out for four months with an ankle injury, gives the Frenchman a 24.1% rating.

Giroud causes a lot of debate amongst Gunners fans. He went from being booed off against AS Monaco to responding with seven goals in seven games.

His exceptional touch and link-up play fit hand-in-glove with Arsenal’s system, yet there is the underlying belief that the FA Cup finalists need a forward better than him to win the league.

Whatever the opinions of Giroud, that stats don’t lie. The former Montpellier striker has had a great season.

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