Mohamed Salah leads the Premier League goal chart and Jamie Carragher claims no player in Europe is performing at a higher level – but what do the numbers say?
The Egypt forward has scored six goals and notched three assists from his seven league starts this term and produced a customary, spectacular solo effort in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Super Sunday.
“I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment,” Carragher claimed after the full-time whistle. “His record at the start of this season has been absolutely outstanding.”
So, is anyone else challenging Salah for that mantle? Arguably, one player is in the running based on current form: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has scored nine goals in seven games and notched seven assists, too.
Indeed, the Sky Sports Power Rankings remove all subjectivity. The algorithm applies a fixed formula to rank players’ form based on starting positions and awards points for 35 matchday statistics – not just goals and assists.
I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment.Jamie Carragher
The result? Benzema edges Salah as Europe’s top performer by the finest of margins – with Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Edin Dzeko and Mikel Oyarzabal in pursuit.
Based purely on goal involvement, the France international is also out on his own with 16 in La Liga this campaign – six clear of Haaland and seven clear of Salah and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz.
Most goal involvements this season
Incredibly, Haaland lands runner-up spot despite playing only five league games – having missed the previous two fixtures with a muscle injury that will see the 21-year-old miss Norway’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Turkey and Montenegro.
In terms of Premier League representation, West Ham forward Michail Antonio ranks joint-fifth in Europe with five goals and three assists from just six starts, while Jamie Vardy, Paul Pogba, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Gabriel Jesus all make the top 20.
Source: Sky Sports