Top 10 Worst Strikers In The History Of Premier
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Who is the worst striker in the history of the Premier League?. Well there are certainly enough candidates to fight it out, but here is our lowdown of some of the most useless frontmen to ever grace the English top flight…Worst Strikers In The History Of Premier League
Portuguese forward Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, popularly known as Bebe, joined Premier League giants Manchester United in 2010 for a fee of £7.4 million. Having joined from Vitória de Guimarães, it was expected that the young striker would follow in the footsteps of compatriots Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani.
However, Bebe ended up being one of the Red Devils’ biggest flops. Not only could he not secure regular football, Bebe was also frequently blighted by injury issues. This led to him being shipped out on loan a number of times before finally permanently departing Old Trafford in 2014.
Bebe spent four years at Man United but his spell with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side was nothing to write home about. In fact, in a later interview, the Scottish gaffer admitted to never watching Bebe play before sanctioning his signing. It was that bad!
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Van Wolfswinkel actually scored on his Norwich debut in 2013 which, at the time, seemed to indicate that the fine form he’d shown in the Eredivisie and the Primeira Liga could be reproduced in England. In fact, the £8.5m Dutch striker would never score another goal in 24 further Premier League matches.
Maybe the most obvious point to make about him concerned his body shape; he just didn’t look like a player suited to British football. Neat enough on the ball but frail and willowy, he had natural red flags which Norwich would have done well to recognise. Maybe there’s a case for saying that he might have been better in a superior side, or at least one built vaguely around his strengths, but that seems awfully generous.
We are all still in shock when we remember how horrible Radamel Falcao was during his two-year stint in the Premier League. He scored goals for fun at Atletico Madrid and FC Porto but after that terrible knee injury, he lost his touch.
Manchester United paid £10 million to take him on loan for a season but he was another expensive mistake. He scored only 4 goals in 29 appearances. He was getting £250k-per-week for the entire season and you can see how costly he was for the Red Devils.
In the following season, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho blamed United boss Van Gaal for mismanaging the striker and he encouraged the Blues to get the striker on a season-long loan. He went from bad to worse at Stamford Bridge scoring only 1 goal in 12 matches. I don’t think the ‘Special One’ will like to talk about him anymore. However, he has rediscovered his scoring touch at AS Monaco. Worst Strikers In The History Of Premier League
This player never really lived up to expectations, and is remembered by few at Arsenal. Managing just one goal over a three-year period for the club just shows how ineffective the player was. Park left the London club in 2014 to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab.
Jo reportedly signed for Manchester City in 2009 for an estimated £19 million. However considering that he only managed to play 20 games for the club that works out at a staggering £950,000 per game. Considering he scored just five goals for the club … well you can do the math
Andriy Shevchenko arrived at Chelsea – much to the chagrin of Jose Mourinho – as a Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner. He was one of the hottest imports into the Premier League, and for good reason. The Ukrainian had won a plethora of individual honours during his time at Milan and Dynamo Kyiv and was one of the deadliest marksmen in the world, having scored over 250 goals during his time with the aforementioned clubs.
Chelsea had splashed an English record sum of nearly €44 million for the striker, but Shevchenko seemed to have already lost all the sharpness and pace that had made him a deadly marksman. He managed to score just nine goals in 47 appearances for the Blues in the league – which amounts to almost €5 million per goal – before he was loaned back to Milan, where he would again fail to score for a further 18 games. Worst Strikers In The History Of Premier League
While he will go down as one of the best strikers to have played the game, his time in the Premier League was a more than forgettable one.
Victor Anichebe’s longevity in the Premier League is the stuff of wonders. He spent 12 years with Everton, West Brom and Sunderland, but scored just 27 goals in 197 appearances. This equates to roughly one goal every seven or eight games over 12 years!
Mateja Kezman was a star in the Eredivisie, but completely flopped when he moved to Chelsea in 2004. He scored 105 goals in four years at PSV, but scored just four in his time in West London.
His most famous Chelsea moment came when he finished off a cross from a yard out against Liverpool in the League Cup final.
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9 –Andreas Cornelius
Premier League new boys Cardiff smashed their transfer record to bring in Andreas Cornelius for £8m in 2013. At just 20 and with only a year of goalscoring behind him at Copenhagen, the transition to England was steep. Injury problems hampered him, but in 11 games he failed to score and was shipped off back to Denmark in January 2014.
This summer club owner Vincent Tan launched a fresh investigation into his signing, believing the club paid too much, and instructed lawyers to take a detailed look into the transfer. Cardiff smashed their transfer record for Andreas Cornelius but he made no impact at all.
In 70 Premier League games for Hull and Sunderland, Jozy Altidore scored a grand total of two goals. He had all the attributes to be a good striker in the top division, but it just didn’t happen for him.
He was poor on the ball and terrible in front of goal, which is a bad combination when you’re supposed to be leading a side to battle against relegation. His strike rate of one goal every 35 games is unlikely to ever be broken.