How Murray Compares To England’s Striking Options

 • by Ryan Baldi
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With six goals in his last six games, the most recent of which in Brighton & Hove Albion‘s stunning 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the AmEx Stadium, Glenn Murray is in the form of his life.

The 34-year-old striker is enjoying the fourth Premier League campaign of his career, having experienced the top flight with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth in the past, and he has already eclipsed his previous highest goals return in the division.

With 11 strikes to his name for the Seagulls this term, Murray has, in fact, equalled his total from his previous three Premier League campaigns combined.

Such form has lead to calls for the journeyman striker, who hadn’t even tasted second-tier action until he was 27, to receive an England call-up.

Murray’s form will surely have caught Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate’s attention, and few could dispute the Brighton star’s worthiness of a first cap.

With this summer’s World Cup in Russia fast approaching, however, several of England’s more established hotshots will be vying for a spot in Southgate’s 23-man squad.

Here, we’ve taken a look at how Murray’s statistics for the season so far compare to three of the players he’ll be competing with for a place on the plane to Russia, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford.

Murray stats comparison

As the above graphic shows, Murray’s return of 11 Premier League goals ranks him third of the four players featured, with only Rashford, who tends to find most of his game time in a wide position, having hit the net fewer times.

However, Murray is also third when it comes to minutes played this season, having begun the campaign vying for a starting berth in the Brighton line-up with Tomer Hemed.

As such, Murray’s average of a goal every 150.36 minutes is better than that of Rashford and Vardy, who average a goal every 343.5 and 188.31 minutes respectively, with only the prolific Harry Kane a more regular scorer (once every 100.33 minutes).

While Murray is the only member of the quartet yet to register an assist this term, only Rashford has shown himself to be especially creative, laying on five goals for Red Devils colleagues – again, owing much to his position on the wing – with Vardy and Kane mustering just three assists between them.

Where Murray really comes into his own, though, is in his efficiency. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the Brighton striker boasts comfortably the best conversion rate, requiring almost half as many shots as Kane for every goal scored.

In an international tournament, when quality chances are at a premium, Murray’s ability to be clinical in front of goal could be an asset for England.