In the Premier League, 2019 has truly been a year of two halves. Manchester City were almost perfect in the latter half of last season en route to May’s title win while Liverpool can say the same for the current campaign going into 2020.
Of those two, Liverpool will get most of the praise for their 2019, in which they dropped just 13 points from their 37 Premier League games with 31 wins from a possible 37.
But just one of their many stars managed to crack 20+ Premier League goals across the calendar year. Sadio Mane has seemingly usurped Mohamed Salah as Liverpool’s best attacker by grabbing 24 goals in 2019, and only one man has managed a better record across the Premier League.
When Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals to help Leicester City win the title in 2015/16, some would have expected the Englishman to struggle in replicating his feat. But, in 2019, Vardy scored 29 goals in the Premier League, more than any other other.
Of those 29, an incredible 17 came in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign as the Englishman looks on course to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Premier League 2019: Top five scorers…
- Jamie Vardy: 29
- Sadio Mane: 24
- Sergio Aguero: 22
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 22
- Raheem Sterling: 19
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only other players to score over 20 Premier League goals in 2019, with the pair scoring 22 in 32 and 36 games respectively.
Raheem Sterling caps off the top five on 19, just missing out on hitting 20, and he will likely have VAR in his mind in failing to reach the feat.
But it’s not just scoring goals that makes a player so important to their team. Now, fans of football are taking more interest in who provides the goals, the stats leaders of the Premier League.
Part of Liverpool’s wonderful team, Trent Alexander-Arnold leads the way on 17, currently sitting on eight for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
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He is joined in the top five by team-mate and fellow full-back Andrew Robertson, who has 13 for the year as Jurgen Klopp’s style of play relies heavily on their pair getting forward.
Sandwiched between the full-backs, however, with 14 Premier League assists is Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. An injury-hit second half of the 2018/19 campaign has quickly been forgotten with the Belgian recording 11 assists so far in 2019/20, though it was not enough to usurp Alexander-Arnold for the calendar year.
Two more players have managed over 10 assists for 2019, including De Bruyne’s Man City teammate David Silva. The Spaniard, who is enjoying his final season with the club, has 12 in total across the year one more than Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho.
Premier League 2019: Assist leaders…
- Trent Alexander-Arnold: 17
- Kevin De Bruyne: 14
- Andrew Robertson: 13
- David Silva: 12
- Joao Moutinho: 11