EPL Table 2016: Week 24 Top Scorers After Wednesday's Premier League Scores

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2016

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  Ross Barkley of Everton chips the ball to score a goal to make it 3-0 during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on February 03, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Ross Barkley crept up the Premier League's top scorers standings as he fired home a late brace as Everton dispatched Newcastle United 3-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The Englishman pulled level with Diego Costa on eight goals, with the Spaniard left frustrated by Chelsea's 0-0 draw away at Watford.

Read on for a closer look at how the two got on. But first, here are all the results from Week 24 of the Premier League, along with the final standings after those results and how the race for the Golden Boot is shaping up:

EPL Week 24 Results
Leicester City2-0Liverpool
Norwich City0-3Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland0-1Manchester City
West Ham United2-0Aston Villa
Crystal Palace1-2Bournemouth
Manchester United3-0Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion1-1Swansea City
BBC Sport
Latest Standings
1Leicester City24148244261850
2Manchester City24145546232347
3Tottenham Hotspur24129344192545
5Manchester United24117631211040
6West Ham United24109538281039
10Stoke City249692428-433
12Crystal Palace2494112529-431
14West Bromwich Albion247892331-829
16Swansea City2468102332-926
17Norwich City2465132846-1823
18Newcastle United2456132544-1921
20Aston Villa2427151840-2213
Premier League Top Goalscorers
Jamie VardyLeicester City18
Harry KaneTottenham Hotspur15
Romelu LukakuEverton15
Odion IghaloWatford14
Riyad MahrezLeicester City13
Sergio AgueroManchester City13
Olivier GiroudArsenal12
Jermain DefoeSunderland9
Georginio WijnaldumNewcastle United9
Diego CostaChelsea8
Ross BarkleyEverton8


Ross Barkley

The midfielder should have had his first—and Everton's second—shortly before half-time when a poor attempted clearance by Rob Elliot fell at his feet, but he couldn't capitalise.

Barkley continued to toil away in the second half, with football journalist Chris Waugh noting the ease through which he was allowed to cut through the hapless Magpies:

The 22-year-old soon came close to scoring, per Scott Wilson of the Northern Echo:

With two minutes of normal time remaining, Rolando Aarons felled opening goalscorer Aaron Lennon, and Barkley duly stepped up to dispatch the penalty.

In the 94th minute, Jamaal Lascelles saw red for a bad foul on Barkley, and the England international coolly dinked in a panenka from the spot.

Squawka Football highlighted his impressive form:

The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman believes the youngster will attract plenty of attention in the transfer market this summer:

Though he's not likely to challenge for the golden boot, Barkley has been outstanding this season. He has an exciting future ahead of him, and a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016 surely beckons.


Diego Costa

It was yet another fruitless night in front of goal for Costa, who had been enjoying a revival of form under interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink.

Per PA Sport's Matt McGeehan, the 27-year-old was perhaps fortunate to escape a booking just 10 minutes into the match:

As McGeehan further revealed, not being sanctioned early on allowed him to remain on the pitch when, shortly before the break, he clashed with Juan Carlos Paredes:

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Perhaps frustrated at the lack of service, Costa found himself drifting out of position to get involved in the play—but as football journalist Dan Levene noted, he did little to help himself in doing so:

The only clear-cut chance to fall to the Spaniard came late on when Willian picked him out with a delightful cross, but Heurelho Gomes—who put in a man-of-the-match-winning performance—made a wonderful save to keep out his powerful header.

As Wednesday's result showed, both Costa and Chelsea still have some way to go in order to return to their best.

Despite a mixed performance, the striker could easily have got on the scoresheet if not for Gomes' excellent save, though, so he was still at least somewhat more effective than he was under Jose Mourinho for much of the season.


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