The incredible statistic that cements Greg Draper as the Welsh Premier League’s top forward

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Greg Draper may be finding it hard to get a start for The New Saints, but that hasn’t affected his goal-scoring prowess…

He came off the bench for The New Saints last night to complete the rout for Scott Ruscoe’s side, scoring in the 80th minute to move ahead of Liam Thomas and Steven Tames as top goalscorer in the Welsh Premier League.

The BBC has worked out that Greg Draper averages a goal every 39 minutes. This comes from 695 minutes of football played.

Compare this to Bala Town’s Steven Tames who is averaging 111 minutes per goal, having played 1186 minutes more of football than Draper.

Liam Thomas who is also on 17 goals this season, averages 138 minutes per goal. He has played 2340 minutes this season. This means Greg Draper has played 1645 minutes less than the Old Gold forward but has scored a goal more.

Coming out of the league, Draper’s record compared to English Premier League forwards Mohamed Salih and Sergio Aguero, Greg Draper still has a higher minute per goal record than the Argentine and the Egyptian. Salah has scored 134 minutes per goal in 2286 minutes of action, whilst Aguero has 99 minutes per goal in 1678 minutes.

Greg Draper’s goals per minute ratio versus top scorers in Europe’s top five leagues

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Greg Draper – 18

New Saints

39  per goal

695  played

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Kylian Mbappé – 22

PSG

72 per goal

1592  played

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Lionel Messi – 25

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Barcelona

75  per goal

1887  played

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Luka Jovic – 15

Frankfurt

94 minutes per goal

1406 minutes played

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Sergio Agüero – 17

Man City

99  per goal

1678  played

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus

113  per goal

2149  played

The Kiwi-forward has had to take a backseat role with The New Saints, having been named as a substitute on numerous occasions by Scott Ruscoe. But that hasn’t stopped Draper from showcasing his ability.

He is on course for a second consecutive boot in the Welsh Premier League. He could be considered in the same ilk as forward Rhys Griffiths who won SEVEN back-to-back Golden Boots in the Welsh Premier League.

Draper is just four goals off of his tally of 22 goals last season, having played considerably less. There are also seven more league games for him to score in, which would see him beat his own tally.

Having been at The New Saints since 2011, the League Top Scorer was something that alluded him but after winning it last season, there is nothing that can stop Draper, not even being played in a bit part role.

This season Draper has started just six Welsh Premier League games for the reigning Champions. He has been substituted on a total of 17 times, whilst being an unused substitute twice.

Scott Ruscoe knows what he’s getting when he brings Draper on. He’s getting a striker that is the most clinical forward in this League. Against any defence in the league, he is able to break them down and take his chance when presented to him.

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One example is when he scored a brace, having come on as a substitute in the 65th minute against title contenders Barry Town United at the start of the season. He also scored a brace against Newtown in the New Saints first game of Phase Two, having only come on in the 67th minute.

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