Without Diego Costa's nine league goals this season Chelsea could be nine points worse off and in a real relegation fight.

We have taken away each Premier League side's top goalscorer's strikes away and calculated how many points the team would have won without them.

Costa has scored nine goals for Chelsea this season, without which they'd have nine fewer points and potentially be even further in the mire.

Only two other clubs' top scorers have had a bigger influence this season.

Jamie Vardy has been the biggest influence.

Taking his goals away from Leicester would leave Claudio Ranieri's side 18 points worse off than where they are now.

How many points are these strikers worth to their teams?

Jamie Vardy


Odion Ighalo


Diego Costa


Correct as of February 9, 2016

Removing Watford's Odion Ighalo's goals would leave the Hornets 15 points worse off this season. That's the second highest points difference for any other club's top scorer.

Harry Kane has 15 league goals to his name this season, the third highest in the division. However, removing those goals would only have influenced the outcome of one match this season - Spurs' 1-1 away draw with Arsenal in November. It means that Tottenham would only be one point worse off without the England forward's goals this season.

Removing the goals scored by the Premier League's second highest goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, would mean that Everton would be eight points fewer than what they have this season.

Scorer of less valuable goals: Harry Kane

Manchester City would be just five points behind this season without Sergio Aguero's goals, as would Manchester United without Wayne Rooney's goals and West Brom without Salomon Rondon's goals.

Liverpool have two top goalscorers this season - Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino.

Benteke's goals appear to have been more crucial though.

Jurgen Klopp's side would be five points down without Firmino's goals but seven points down without Benteke's.

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