Jermain Defoe was one of the most dangerous Premier League strikers - and here's why

Jermain Defoe may have missed out on an England call-up for Euro 2016.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 10:01 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2016, 11:11 am
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe

But he can reflect on a job well done with Sunderland this season, with the 33-year-old scoring 18 goals including 15 in the top flight.

And new figures reveal Defoe and Leicester City's all-conquering Jamie Vardy were among the deadliest in the Premier League when it comes to late goals.

Vardy and Defoe were the most dangerous stoppage-time poachers with three goals apiece at the death.

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Vardy was even more potent early on with 12 of his goals the first of the match, while Defoe scored the last on seven occasions.

A thrilling campaign ended with Leicester as surprise champions and Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa heading into the Sky Bet Championship, but what else did we learn?

Here Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the other statistics.


Southampton's Ronald Koeman used 111 of his 114 possible substitutions while, at the other end of the scale, Villa opted to make just 85. Koeman's faith in his bench was rewarded with his replacements scoring nine goals, a figure bettered only by Liverpool with 15, six of which came from Christian Benteke.


Arsenal led the way with goals from inside the six-yard box with 16, while Villa scored the fewest, just five. Liverpool and Manchester City jointly topped the table for goals scored from outside the penalty area with 15 with Sergio Aguero alone managing five, three more than the entire Watford team.


Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez's return of nine left-footed goals from open play was the best, while no-one bettered Tottenham frontman Harry Kane's 14 with his right foot. Olivier Giroud was the most prolific in the air with seven headed goals for Arsenal.


Tottenham produced the most shots on goal with 661 at an average of 17.4 per match, while Villa were the least prolific with 378, or fewer than 10 a game. However, Leicester were the league's most clinical finishers, needing just 7.7 attempts to score with Villa the most wasteful at 14.