Big Game Players is a ranking of which players score the most important goals for their teams. In traditional goal scorer rankings, every goal counts as the same, but not every goal scored is equal: some goals are more decisive than others or harder to score.
With Big Game Players, we recognise the players who score the goals that lead to points, and the goals scored against the bigger teams. We give less credit to late goals scored in big margin wins and consolation goals in heavy defeats. In doing so Big Game Players celebrates the true goalscoring stars of the game!
About Big Game Players
Christian Eriksen's 6 goals makes him the 11th-top scorer in the league, but the timing of his strikes makes him 4th-top for Premier League Big Game Players.
Southampton's Graziano Pellè has scored 6 goals in 10 games, but 0 in 3 against ESL top-40 opposition. So far, he's netted 2 of Southampton's 7 game-leading goals.
With 6 goals to take the lead, Jose Callejon has been Napoli's go-to man for big goals. He sits top of Big Game Players for 2014-15.
With 6 goals to either take the lead or equalise, Gignac has been crucial to Marseille's strong start to the season. He leads Big Game Players with 6.94 points added.
Diego Costa tops the Big Game Players charts, with his 8 goals of more worth to his team than Gignac or Ronaldo (8 and 10 goals respectively).