10 Most Efficient Players in Europe's Best Leagues
This report is based on the average number of goals and assists per minute, in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, and the Bundesliga.
Here are the top 10, in ascending order. Only those players who have played at least 300 minutes this season were in contention. according to their goals and assists.
10) Edinson Cavani
Club: SSC Napoli
Tottenham and Liverpool were among those chasing the Uruguayan in the summer but he opted to stay in Italy, moving from Palermo to Napoli for €16 million. And with five goals so far this season, Diego Maradona's former team are certainly getting their money's worth. Cavani has also scored three in the Europa League, including Thursday's injury-time equaliser against Steaua Bucharest.
Cavani is a tall, quick and agile striker with great sense of creativity, high technical ability, and excellent shooting skills.
9) Wayne Rooney
Club: Manchester United
Although without a goal from open play, Rooney has set up two and scored a penalty in United's 3-0 victories over Newcastle and West Ham at the start of the season. He also popped up with an assist last week at Bolton. And while even he himself would admit he hasn’t been at his best, expect his efficiency to shoot up even higher when he does find his mental and physical fitness and form again.
England and Manchester United fans are waiting expectantly.
8) Dimitar Berbatov
Club: Manchester United
This man has been the main reason Manchester United are second place ahead of today's Chelsea versus Arsenal match. Berbatov has added mobility and work-rate to his sublime control and finishing skills. He is playing as more of a box player, and it has paid dividends, with the Bulgarian scoring six goals—including a magnificent hat-trick against bitter rivals Liverpool and setting up one so far this campaign.
7) Florent Malouda
The Frenchman evidently didn't let the summer's World Cup debacle with France bother him in the slightest. Malouda has continued his blistering form from last season with six goals so far. The 30-year-old is so important for Chelsea. He is an immensely creative force on the left wing, where he glides past players and whips in dangerous crosses, or behind the strikers, driving beyond the front man.
Although they have had a relatively straightforward start to the season, it's doubtful Chelsea would have swept opponents aside with such ease without him.
6) Samuel Eto'o
Club: Inter Milan
Eto'o was one of the only Inter players to express satisfaction with Jose Mourinho's departure. The Cameroonian wanted to play as an out-and-out forward, a role restored to him by new boss Rafa Benitez. And Eto'o is reveling at being back to where he feels he belongs. Despite a missed penalty against Udinese Calcio, the 29-year-old has still scored five league goals and set up one.
He also has four Champions League goals to his name, including Wednesday's hat-trick against Werder Bremen. Tottenham beware.
5) Milos Krasic
Club: Juventus FC Torino
Krasic has fit in well since joining the Juventus revolution for €15 million. And with a hat-trick and three assists so far, few were surprised when Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini revealed that he tried to sign him, twice. Comparisons are already being drawn between the Serb and the great Pavel Nedved and he's definitely on the right track to becoming a Juventus legend.
Club: Manchester United
Along with Berbatov, another vastly improved Manchester United player. Few would have believed that Nani would ever reach the heights of his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo, and while he still has a long way to go, Nani appears far more assertive this season.
He always loved running with the ball, but his once-suspect decision-making and crossing have become much better. Nani is now a highly creative player for United, when for a while he looked like more of a head-down merchant than anything else. The Portuguese winger has scored two and set up five so far this term.
Club: Villarreal CF
Villarreal are a lofty second place in La Liga, and have scored 10 goals—the second highest behind Malaga. And much of their fantastic start is down to the Brazilian. Nilmar has scored four and set up two this season, and has also found the net twice in the UEFA Europa league.
Nilmar is a very talented striker with excellent shooting, passing, dribbling skills, and speed. He appears to be well on his way to improving on last season's 12-goal tally.
2) Lewis Holtby
Club : FSV Mainz 05
The hype around a possible England call-up appears to have been nothing but hot air, as the German with the English father seems to have his heart set on Germany. But the 20-year-old loaned from FC Schalke 04 to Mainz is proving to be a very special player for the surprise Bundesliga leaders.
Holtby is a talented winger who is on the rise. He is a very good dribbler, a great passer, and an excellent crosser of the ball. He has scored two goals and set up five this season, helping his side to their perfect start.
1) Didier Drogba
32 years old, but still banging in the goals at the top level. What you look for in a striker is, above all, consistency, and the Ivory Coast international is a true goal machine—he rarely goes through a barren spell.
His five goals and five assists this season have fired Chelsea to the top of the league. Despite approaching the twilight of his career, Drogba was reportedly a transfer target for Real Madrid, with Mourinho apparently begging Florentino Perez to fork out the cash for a reunion with the big man. Drogba is a true winner, and with his efficiency, Perez can surely understand Mourinho's desperation.
This report was generated according to www.IMScouting.com report generator.