Premier League Week 21 Standout Stats: Streaky Strikers, Hat-Tricks and More

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchestre City at St James' Park on January 12, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Through nine matches of Week 21 in the English Premier League, 26 goals were scored. 

Some of those 26 strikes were scored by some of the hottest goalscorers on planet Earth. 

One player who is considered to be far from that group of streaky strikers scored a hat-trick in the highest-scoring game on Saturday, which was played between struggling sides Fulham and Sunderland.

Here is a look at the standout stats from Week 21 of play in the English top flight.

Suarez, Negredo and Welbeck All on Fire 

Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all benefiting from strong forward play at the moment, as Luis Suarez, Alvaro Negredo and Danny Welbeck are all in terrific form.

Suarez scored twice in a thriller against Stoke on Sunday, which brought his season total up to 22 goals. 

With his brace, the Uruguayan now has a conversion rate of 29.3 percent this season: 

Negredo scored his fifth goal in three games for City against Newcastle on Sunday as he continued his terrific strike rate from inside the box: 

Welbeck scored his sixth in six games after scoring only six goals in his last 44 EPL appearances before the streak began: 

Sturridge Returns in Style

In the 5-3 thriller won by Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge scored and assisted on Suarez's second goal.

With his brief 24-minute appearance on the pitch, Sturridge added to his fantastic form of late for the Reds, where he has scored six goals and assisted on three others in his last eight matches:  

Adam Johnson Stars for Sunderland

Maybe Adam Johnson is finally tapping into the loads of potential that he was supposed to have while he was a youngster at Manchester City. 

Johnson scored a hat-trick in Sunderland's 4-1 win over Fulham, a win that finally boosted the Black Cats out of the EPL cellar. 

With his first career hat-trick, Johnson became the third Sunderland player to net three goals in a game in the EPL, joining Darren Bent and Kevin Phillips: 

Historic Goal for the Black Cats

Sunderland rarely get much love from this article on a weekly basis, but that changes with this week's edition. 

The lone goal not scored by Johnson on Saturday was netted by Ki Sung-Yueng in the 41st minute.

Ki's strike was the 7,000th goal scored by the club in league play, a feat that has only been achieved by nine other clubs:

Tottenham Youngster Continues to Impress

Less than a month ago, we had no clue who Nabil Bentaleb was. 

Now, he is seeing regular playing time for Tim Sherwood's new-look Spurs. 

The 19-year-old was handed a start against Crystal Palace on Saturday and completed 97 passes, which was good enough for a 93 percent pass accuracy:

Not a Good Day for Norwich

Not all of the standout stats this weekend were positive ones.

Norwich City fell to Everton, 2-0, at Goodison Park, and in the process, they won just three of their 32 tackles, leaving them with a 9.4 percent success rate:

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