Ranking the 30 Best Strikers of the 2012-13 Premier League Season

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Ranking the 30 Best Strikers of the 2012-13 Premier League Season
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The Premier League season ended with a bang Sunday, ushering in a summer without English club football.

One can already feel the anticipation for August.

The 2012-13 season may not have been a vintage one for the Premier League, but it was one with lots of interesting subplots and tons of drama.

In an attempt to break down this year's happenings, let's rank the top players based on their position.

For the first of these rankings, we will tackle the striker position.

So just how will we judge these players?

As strikers are the designated goalscorers for a side, the obvious criterion to rate them is scoring rate.

However, the sheer number of goals scored fails to tell the whole story of a player's season.

Hence, instead of just using that one statistic, we will take many more factors into consideration, both on the attacking end and in defensive duty:

  • Goals scored per 90 minutes of match play
  • Percentage of the club's goals that are accounted for
  • Assists per 90 minutes of match play
  • Goals that proved decisive in their match
  • Goals per shot
  • Key passes per 90 minutes of match play
  • Number of times dispossessed per 90 minutes of match play
  • Turnovers per 90 minutes of match play
  • Tackles per 90 minutes of match play
  • Interceptions per 90 minutes of match play
  • Fouls per 90 minutes of match play
  • Clearances per 90 minutes of match play
  • Blocked shots

Weighting these factors, we end up with one score, out of 1000, for each striker.

So which strikers had the best seasons?

Here are the top 30 strikers of the 2012-13 Premier League season.

 

(All data collected from Whoscored.com)

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