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)
Points out of 1000: 328.0
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.313953|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.209302|
|Goals per shot||0.092308|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.098837|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.465116|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.930233|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.94186|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.261628|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.674419|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.732558|
Victor Anichebe had his highest goal tally at Everton yet, netting six goals.
However, it took him over double the number of matches as it took him to net five last season.
Anichebe can often be a frustrating player to watch, but there is no doubting his commitment.
Perhaps the Nigerian is poised for a breakout year next season.
Points out of 1000: 346.7
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.259366|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.074105|
|Goals per shot||0.082353|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.000412|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.407987|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.630301|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.555784|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.185261|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.556196|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.111569|
Nikica Jelavic's start at Everton in 2012, which saw him score nine goals in 13 matches after joining the club in January, had hopes high entering this season.
Unfortunately, the Croatian never seemed to find his feet.
Yes, there were flashes of brilliance, like his late winners against Tottenham and Manchester City.
However, one would have hoped for much more from Jelavic this season.
Points out of 1000: 363.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.279503|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.079858|
|Goals per shot||0.111111|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||0.918367|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.517303|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.477374|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.838509|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||1.677019|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.79858|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.958296|
What Andreas Weimann lacks in goalscoring numbers he makes up for in defense.
Weimann rates one of the highest on this list in getting back and helping out his defense.
At just 21 years old, this Austrian is definitely a player to watch out for at Villa.
Points out of 1000: 365.3
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.280047|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.210035|
|Goals per shot||0.117647|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.295216|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.380397|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.415403|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.120187|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.350058|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.820303|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.120187|
Before Fernando Torres supporters get upset with their man's low ranking, the Spaniard had a good season this year in the Europa League.
However, Torres had an extremely poor run of form in the league. I mean, he scored his first goal since before Christmas against Everton on Sunday.
His ability to set up his teammates and to score decisive goals, though, puts him on this list.
Score out of 1000: 370.9
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.332257|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.166128|
|Goals per shot||0.166667|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.121366|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.035072|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.616521|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.619751|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.332257|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.868943|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.747577|
Shane Long's eight league goals for West Brom matched his career-high from last season.
However, his low assist rate coupled with some very dull defensive numbers pulled him down in these rankings.
Points out of 1000: 377.2
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.239601|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.0599|
|Goals per shot||0.093023|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||0.958403|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.126456|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.036606|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.108153|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.808652|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.826955|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.688852|
At the end of the 2011-12 season, Papiss Cisse was scoring goals like they were going out of fashion.
This season, the Senegalese striker was having trouble finding any.
With a dismal nine percent goals-to-shots ratio, Cisse had a rough time up front.
Cisse's plight kind of sums up Newcastle's season.
Points out of 1000: 383.9
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.321921|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.183955|
|Goals per shot||0.08642|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.563618|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.299438|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.115483|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.781809|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.597854|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.885539|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||2.713337|
Andy Carroll's statistics don't leap off the page, but it's his work rate in defense that helps him break into these rankings.
The big question heading into the summer is where Carroll will be taking his ponytail come August.
Points out of 1000: 402.6
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.410108|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.111848|
|Goals per shot||0.101852|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.155758|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.565866|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.752278|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.59652|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.372825|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.89478|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.111848|
One might be surprised to see Jermain Defoe on this list, what with him having one of the worst defensive statistics for Premier League strikers and going through some injury troubles this season.
However, Defoe did have some important goals this season, including a sublime winner against Manchester City a few weeks ago.
An early season flurry of goals also helps the English striker.
Points out of 1000: 406.2
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.27027|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.067568|
|Goals per shot||0.150943|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.013514|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.182432|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.824324|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.945946|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.405405|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||2.77027|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.385135|
After announcing himself on the big stage last year, Holt regressed a bit this season.
The striker's goal tally nearly cut in half, which is a problem given his extraordinarily low assist rate.
Hopefully Holt can bounce back next season and reestablish himself at Norwich.
Points out of 1000: 413.5
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.42599|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.116179|
|Goals per shot||0.102804|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.316695|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.858864|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.74957|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.7358|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.542169|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.277969|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.703959|
At the start of the season, Olivier Giroud couldn't find the back of the net.
After a few months, though, the Frenchman settled in and started contributing well to Arsenal's cause.
Still, one would think that Gunners will hope for more from Giroud next season.
Points out of 1000: 415.1
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.269346|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.153912|
|Goals per shot||0.162791|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.269773|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.769987|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.039333|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.461736|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.346302|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.846943|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.693031|
A very typical Crouch season.
Efficient in his goalscoring, effective at holding the ball up and helpful in defense.
What might have gone unnoticed, though, is his ability to pick key passes and provide for his teammates.
Points out of 1000: 420.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.217166|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.093071|
|Goals per shot||0.118644|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.240951|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.357808|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||0.620476|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.341262|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||1.271975|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.062048|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.186143|
Stephane Sessegnon's season may have ended with some controversy after a three-match ban, but the striker's statistics still have him up here.
Sessegnon's ability to hold the ball up is clear, as he had the lowest rate of turnovers of any striker in the Premier League.
Further, the Beninese man was more than willing to help out on defense.
Points out of 1000: 437.7
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.337769|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.153531|
|Goals per shot||0.119565|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.258956|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.671443|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.241556|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.73695|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.429887|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.197544|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.24565|
As Wigan's top striker, Arouna Kone had his work cut out for him this season.
However, the Ivorian made a good account of himself, scoring almost a quarter of his side's goals and even doing well assisting his teammates.
Now that Wigan are relegated, Kone could be looking for a new job this summer.
Points out of 1000: 438.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.724346|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.060362|
|Goals per shot||0.218182|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||0.663984|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.509054|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.93159|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.54326|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.54326|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.905433|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.482897|
Adam Le Fondre's incredible run in the middle of the season was enough to push him up this list.
The Englishman came off the bench in three consecutive matches and scored goals to salvage points, including a pair to rescue a point against Chelsea.
Alas, the fact that Le Fondre accounted for over a quarter of his side's goals is telling of how Reading have been relegated.
Unless he's transferred, Le Fondre won't be in the Premier League next season. However, he created quite a few memories this year.
Points out of 1000: 442.0
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.575386|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.095898|
|Goals per shot||0.139535|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.870005|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||3.979755|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.10975|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.24667|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.43154|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.294619|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0|
Sergio Aguero's ability is unquestionable: The striker is one of the most talented footballers in the world.
However, the City man did not have a very good go of it this season.
His goal tally nearly cut in half, his assists went down considerably and he did even less to help out defensively.
There were obviously some distractions for Aguero this season, so City fans can definitely hope that he will return to form next season.
Points out of 1000: 466.1
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.410788|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.298755|
|Goals per shot||0.104762|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||2.278008|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.352697|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.86722|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.045643|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.485477|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.082988|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.074689|
What could possibly separate Carlos Tevez from teammate Sergio Aguero?
It's his game-deciding goals, which ended up important to his side's season.
Still, an overall disappointing year for Tevez to go along with City's season.
Points out of 1000: 475.6
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.531496|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0|
|Goals per shot||0.168539|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||0.425197|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.771654|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.594488|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.141732|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.248031|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.779528|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.566929|
Demba Ba's play for Chelsea can certainly be eye-catching at times, but the Senegalese striker has some flaws.
Through a full season at two clubs, Ba didn't have a single assist and provided some of the leanest defensive work on this list.
One would hope for some improvement if he's going to stay on at Chelsea.
Points out of 1000: 484.6
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.789474|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.215311|
|Goals per shot||0.157143|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||2.296651|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.22488|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.937799|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.358852|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.789474|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.430622|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0|
When Daniel Sturridge's time at Chelsea was coming to an end, one wondered how the Englishman could find a way back to a top club.
However, Sturridge's transfer to Liverpool in January has done wonders for him.
Daniel has been playing some amazing football and building great chemistry with his Reds teammates.
With a full summer to work with his club, watch out for Sturridge next season.
Points out of 1000: 490.5
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.534918|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.445765|
|Goals per shot||0.139535|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||2.18425|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.228826|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.114413|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.89153|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.579495|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.203566|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.114413|
After an incredible 2011-12 campaign, the fact that Wayne Rooney's numbers fell off in 2012-13 is no surprise.
How much they fell off, though, is a bit disconcerting.
Rooney's goal tally ended up less than half of what it was the previous season.
However, his assists are very much on the rise.
The story of the next few months, though, will be whether Rooney stays at Old Trafford or not.
Points out of 1000: 490.5
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.495248|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.405203|
|Goals per shot||0.203704|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.395698|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||0.855428|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.395698|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.44072|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.675338|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.44072|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.765383|
Lukas Podolski was incredibly efficient this season, scoring on over 20 percent of the shots that he took.
The German made a smooth transition to the Premier League.
With a season under his belt, can he settle down and do even better at the Emirates?
Points out of 1000: 509.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.694215|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.14876|
|Goals per shot||0.148936|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.586777|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.330579|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.231405|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.495868|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.297521|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.892562|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.842975|
Edin Dzeko may not want to be branded it, but he was truly a super-sub for City this season.
The Bosnian only started 16 matches, yet scored so many important goals off the bench.
With a new manager coming in at the Etihad, Dzeko will hope that he will get more opportunity to play from the start in future.
Points out of 1000: 517.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.551664|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.394046|
|Goals per shot||0.16092|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.497373|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.694396|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.103327|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.630473|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.43345|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.394046|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.197023|
Theo Walcott has been eager to play a more central striking role for the past few seasons.
The Arsenal man got his chance this season and shined doing so.
Walcott ended up netting 14 goals, providing many more and causing constant threat on the opposition.
Points out of 1000: 518.3
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.95037|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.285111|
|Goals per shot||0.227273|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.330517|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.995776|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.805702|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.665259|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.570222|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.23548|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.285111|
Chicharito has the least number of minutes played of anyone else on this list, having played the equivalent of just over 10 matches.
However, what his performances lack in quantity they sure make up for with quality.
Hernandez scored 10 goals this season, almost one goal per 90 minutes. In doing so, he was super efficient, scoring on almost a quarter of his shots.
Most incredibly, though, is the fact that Chicharito scored match-winners in four matches despite appearing for such a short time.
Points out of 1000: 530.2
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.47385|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.09477|
|Goals per shot||0.185185|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.484731|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.306072|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.053352|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.010881|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||1.074061|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.611092|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.389961|
Dimitar Berbatov sure floated under the radar this season at Fulham.
However, the Bulgarian put in another fine season, scoring 30 percent of his side's goals to keep them safe from relegation.
In just about every Fulham match this season, Berbatov was the main attraction, dictating the pace and dominating play.
Points out of 1000: 571.2
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.430897|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.143632|
|Goals per shot||0.159574|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||2.298117|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||1.465049|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.068305|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.430897|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.172359|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.005426|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.005426|
At 31 years old and having done so well in the lower leagues, Rickie Lambert came into his first Premier League season with a point to prove.
The Englishman did just that, scoring a remarkable 15 goals, over 30 percent of his club's goals, in leading Southampton to safety.
Points out of 1000: 596.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.763473|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.179641|
|Goals per shot||0.171717|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.571856|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.110778|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.200599|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.314371|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.134731|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||0.988024|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.404192|
Romelu Lukaku had a fantastic season at West Brom, scoring an incredible 32 percent of the club's goals while only starting half the matches.
The Belgian capped off the great season with a hat-trick against Manchester United Sunday in a thrilling 5-5 draw.
As he is on loan at Chelsea, the striker is now faced with the question of where he will be playing come August.
Points out of 1000: 600.4
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.587024|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.123584|
|Goals per shot||0.182692|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.637487|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.564367|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.348095|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.556128|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.278064|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||2.039135|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.92688|
The breakout star of the Premier League this season is no doubt Christian Benteke.
The Belgian striker was vital in Aston Villa's late push to safety and showed just how huge his potential is at this point.
With a season like this one, there is little doubt that Benteke will have many suitors come calling to Villa.
Points out of 1000: 631.9
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.536957|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.059662|
|Goals per shot||0.163636|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.014253|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||0.894929|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.163407|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.342393|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.894929|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.431886|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.133576|
The value deal of the season no doubt has to go to Swansea City for their signing of Michu.
The Spaniard hit the ground running in the Premier League and has come up huge all season for Swansea, leading them to their first ever trophy.
Supporters will hope Michu can guide the Swans to even more unprecedented success.
Points out of 1000: 639.3
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.700508|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.152284|
|Goals per shot||0.122995|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||2.741117|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.862944|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||2.406091|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||1.279188|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.548223|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.461929|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||0.091371|
An incredible season for Luis Suarez, as the striker accounted for almost 40 percent of Liverpool's goals through his goals and assists.
Unfortunately, the task of staying out of trouble was a bit too much to handle for the combustible striker, who was banned 10 matches for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Even despite that, Suarez was vital for Liverpool this season.
Can the Reds deal with the Uruguayan's antics, though?
Points out of 1000: 687.2
|Goals per 90 minutes||0.74928|
|Assists per 90 minutes||0.230548|
|Goals per shot||0.184397|
|Key Passes per 90 minutes||1.988473|
|Dispossessed per 90 minutes||2.190202|
|Turnovers per 90 minutes||1.383285|
|Tackles per 90 minutes||0.691643|
|Interceptions per 90 minutes||0.403458|
|Fouls per 90 minutes||1.066282|
|Clearances per 90 minutes||1.268012|
One season at Manchester United, one Premier League title.
It's a good start for Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman started the season on fire, scoring at will and building up an incredible eight decisive goals.
Yes, Van Persie went through a dry spell in the middle of the season when he wasn't finding the back of the net as readily as before.
However, that didn't stop RvP from contributing to his club with assists and key passes.
This past Premier League season, Robin van Persie was the best striker in England.