The numbers behind Kieffer Moore’s rise to the top of the charts

Rotherham striker Kieffer Moore’s star continued to rise on Saturday as he scored his 13th goal of the season against Doncaster.

The 25-year-old, who seems certain to return to Ipswich in January, is the leading scorer in the top five tiers of English football.

Here, we look at some of the numbers behind Moore’s season.

Top of the charts

No one has scored more league goals than Moore in the top five tiers of English football. He is also beating world renowned names from a host of top leagues around Europe, such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.

So, who has scored more?

Only two players in the major European leagues have a bigger tally than Moore. Gornick Zabrze’s Igor Angulo has scored 16 goals in 14 games in Poland’s top division, while Ciro Immobile has bagged 14 in 11 games for Lazio in Serie A. Six other men, including Radamel Falcao and Edison Cavani, have 13.

Moore, Moore, Moore

Moore is already enjoying the most productive year of his career, with his previous best 10 goals for Forest Green last season. They all came before Christmas too, as he was sold to Ipswich in the January transfer window.

In going to 13 goals it has made him the highest scoring Millers player in a season since Kieran Agard in 2013-14, with his effort at Doncaster taking him past Danny Ward’s total last season.

However, it took Agard 33 games – and until March – to reach that tally, before he ended up on 21.

How important are Moore’s goals?

Moore is not just scoring goals for the Millers, he’s scoring important ones. Out of his 13 strikes, five of them have been ‘go-ahead’ goals, giving the Millers the lead in games. One of those turned out to be the winner, against Northampton, while another three gave his side leads that were not relinquished. He has also scored two goals that have earned the Millers a draw, completing comebacks at Oxford and Doncaster. That means Moore’s goals alone have helped earn 10 points this season.

Moore’s 13 goals equate to 43 per cent of the Millers’ total, some achievement considering they are the top goalscorers in League One. Brett Pitman has scored 50 per cent of Portsmouth’s 22 goals, with Jermain Beckford notching 44 per cent of Bury’s.

Efficiency of his goals

Moore’s goals have come at a ratio of one every 108 minutes, which is the tied best with Pitman. He has scored his 13 goals from 45 shots on goal, meaning he has a 29 per cent conversion rate. He works the goalkeeper more than most in the division, though, as 64 per cent of those 45 shots have been on target, with only Jermaine Beckford (65%) and Craig Davies (66%) bettering that from players who have had 20 shots or more.

Where have they been scored?

One of the best things about Moore is that he has proved a real all-rounder, scoring different types of goals. He has scored the poacher-type efforts, finished off brilliant team moves and has also been a danger at set-pieces. All of his strikes have come inside the penalty area, with two coming inside the six-yard box. He has scored three headers, knocked in eight with his right foot and two with his left.

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