Which Premier League player is the best in the air?
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 01/10/16 11:09am
Is Christian Benteke the best aerial attacker in the Premier League?
The Belgian nodded in Crystal Palace's equaliser against Everton on Friday night, taking his tally of headed goals to 19 since his September 2012 Premier League debut.
No player has scored more since the start of the 2012/13 season, with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud also on 19.
Benteke's opposing striker at Goodison Park, Everton's Romelu Lukaku - who opened the scoring with a fine free-kick - is third on the list with 14 headed goals to his name.
Benteke has scored 54 Premier League goals, meaning 35.2 per cent have come via his head. In comparison, Giroud (33.3 per cent) and Lukaku (21.5 per cent) are less reliant on the method.
However, West Ham's Michail Antonio has scored 11 of his 13 Premier League goals (84.6 per cent) with his head - including all five of his goals this season. He's headed in 10 times in 2016 in the Premier League - more than any other player and on average scores with his head every 2.9 games.
Antonio's team-mate Andy Carroll has scored more than half (12 of 23, 52.2 per cent) of his Premier League goals since the start of 2012/13 with his head, while Stoke City's Peter Crouch (10 of 23, 43.5 per cent) and Southampton's Shane Long (10 of 30, 33.3 per cent) have also proven their aerial threat.
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, Chelsea's John Terry, Crystal Palace's Scott Dann and Tottenham's Harry Kane are unsurprisingly not far behind, given their height, but Manchester City's 5ft 8in Sergio Aguero is also on eight headed goals since August 2012.
Headed Premier League goals since start of 2012/13
|Player||Headed goals||Total goals||Percentage of headed goals||Games/headed goal|
|Mame Biram Diouf||8||16||50%||8.1|
Other players feared in the air include Leicester's summer signing, Islam Slimani and West Brom's Salomon Rondon, who have both scored twice with their head this term.
Manchester United pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have also scored headers this season. But who is the best?
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Most headed PL goals in 2016/17 season
|Michail Antonio||West Ham||5|
|Christian Benteke||Crystal Palace||3|
|Salomon Rondon||West Brom||2|
|Scott Dann||Crystal Palace||2|