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EPL stats: Which players have hit the woodwork the most in 2022-23 Premier League season?

There is nothing more painful for a player than to see a nicely struck shot hitting the woodwork instead of heading into the goal. Scoring goals is the most difficult thing in a game of football. Teams are prepared to not only find the back of the net but also deny the other team from scoring. In fact, some clubs place more emphasis on defending than attacking, hence it becomes even more difficult to score goals against them.

A lot of training goes into building attacking patterns on the pitch that can help club’s break through opponents’ defence. Not always these methods work but there are moments when teams move the ball swiftly and efficiently to drag the opposition defence apart. In some of those rare scenarios, players are expected to bury the chance. However, the sight of seeing the ball miss the goal by rattling against the post can be extremely painful for a footballer. Let us look at the players that have hit the woodwork the most number of times in the 2022-23 Premier League season.

Which player has hit the woodwork the most?

Multiple players top this unfortunate list. Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez, Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-Min and Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins have rattled the woodwork five times each. All five players have been in impressive form for their respective clubs this season. They are key components to their team’s attacking build-up.

Hence, it is not a surprise to see them on top of this unfortunate list. The only name that stands out among them is Bruno Fernandes. In that list of five players, he is the only midfielder, while the remaining four players are strikers. To see a striker consistently get into goal scoring positions is not a surprise. However, the same cannot be said for a midfielder. This shows how important a role the Portuguese attacking midfielder plays in Manchester United’s final third build up play.

Mohamed Salah also has a place in the list

The number of players who have hit the woodwork four times are even more higher in the league this season. That list has prominent names like Liverpool goalscoring machine Mohamed Salah, Brentford centre-forward Ivan Toney, Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson and Manchester United winger Antony among others. Check out the table below to find out more about the players that have hit the woodwork the maximum number of times in the 2022-23 Premier League season.

RankPlayerClubWoodwork
1Bruno FernandesManchester United5
1Erling HaalandManchester City5
1Darwin NunezLiverpool5
1Son Heung-MinTottenham Hotspur5
1Ollie WatkinsAston Villa5
6Brenden AaronsonLeeds United4
6JoelintonNewcastle United4
6Leon BaileyAston Villa4
6Saïd BenrahmaWest Ham United4
6Emiliano BuendíaAston Villa4
6AntonyManchester United4
6Andreas PereiraFulham4
6Mohamed SalahLiverpool4
6Ivan ToneyBrentford4
6Callum WilsonNewcastle United4

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