Premier League

Son and Kane are the most over-performing players in this season's Premier League

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have scored 22 goals 16 assists between them in the Premier League this season for Tottenham.

3:27pm on Monday 4th January 2021
Stefan Bienkowski

Tottenham Hotspur marched back towards the top of the Premier League table on Saturday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Leeds United.

As has become a hallmark of any good Spurs performance this season, the result was capped off with a wonderful goal and assist combo from Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

Both players have been in outstanding form this season with 12 and 10 goals respectively and have unquestionably been at the heart of Tottenham’s impressive turnaround under Jose Mourinho.

However, the Premier League data to date may suggest that while Kane and Son are undoubtedly showing their best form for Tottenham they are also undoubtedly the most over-performing players in the division.

Son and Kane going beyond expectation

When we take a look at the xA [expected assists] and xG [expected goals] of each player in the Premier League and compare it to their real-life goal and assist tally to date, we get a number that tells us the difference between how well they should be doing and well they’re actually performing in an attacking sense.

The graph above shows us the top 15 players in the Premier League that are out-performing their combined xA and xG to date. And, as we can see, Son and Kane sit top of the table, with Marcus Rashford and then Mohamed Salah in third and fourth place.

Indeed, the difference between Son’s actual goals and assists and his expected goals and assists stands at 8.79, while Kane’s is an equally impressive 7.43. What this means is that both players are picking out assists or finishing chances that most players simply couldn’t make. And, in some circumstances, ones that they’ve been fortunate to pull off themselves.

Whether this means both players are in a rare, purple patch of form and will see their numbers revert back to normal or that they’re simply playing at a much higher, clinical level than their peers in the Premier League remains to be seen. But right now it’s clear that both players are at their very best for Mourinho’s side.

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