Revealed: The Premier League’s Best Long-Range Shooters
Long range shooting is an incredible art mastered by a few maestros mainly in the midfield, and yes as scrutinizing as it may be it sometimes saves the game. While European leagues cherish collective, cohesive interplay, and South America stars ignite the pitch with their individual mazy dribbles. English football fans seem to get speechless when footballers unleash a 30-yard rocket beyond the futile grasp of a well-beaten goalkeeper.
One is surely amazed by those beautiful ferocious shoots with pinpoint accuracy on the goal. Some of these shoots are sweetly curved to beat even the warrior goalkeeper. Other shoots are monsters whizzing with power and quite unstoppable.
But the beauty of a long-range goal is often underestimated. It`s considered the last minute option when attacking the opposition’s goal, with the right timing, flawless technique marries power and precision, producing few overwhelming breathtaking sights in football.
And, at present, the Premier League is home to some of the world’s foremost long-shot exponents, with Goal of the Month contests regularly featuring a handful of masterfully blasted strikes from outside the penalty area.
Here is a list compiled to see the Premier League’s most clinical and dangerous marksmen from outside the 18-yard box.
Manchester City, under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, upset the English league with the style of high pressing positional and possessional football, cruising to win back to back league titles.
But City also boast some of the division’s best distance-shooters, with players like De Bruyne rising up to the occasion outside the box with mesmerizing shoots
Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri (now a Liverpool player) has managed to match De Bruyne’s long-range return, with his left foot saving the potters once again.
The only other player with four Premier League outside-the-box goals to his name this season no longer even plays in the English top flight.
During his five-year Liverpool career, Philippe Coutinho ignited Anfield with some wondrous long-range goals from distance.
Joining La Liga leaders Barcelona for £140 million, the Brazilian playmaker still sits joint-top of the scoring charts when it comes to efforts from more than 18 yards. Manchester City De Bruyne has also taken the most shots from outside the penalty area in the Premier League (59), meaning he takes more of a volume approach to scoring from range.
Harry Kane the Spurs striker is second only to De Bruyne for attempts from more than 18 yards, and while he has scored three goals from outside the box this term, his conversion rate at this range is just 5.45 percent.
We analysed the conversion rate of every Premier League player to have taken 25 or more shots from outside the penalty area this season.
When it comes to efficiency, Shaqiri is leading the way, with 11.43 per cent of his shots from outside the box finding the net.
Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez (now in Man City), has been demonstrating his class from distance this term as well. The Algerian winger, who also featured for man city displaying his magisterial long range prowess when given the chance.