Top 5: Premier League striker flops

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The 2012/13 Premier League season is drawing to a conclusion. The fans have yet again been mesmerised by some of the big names in the league, with Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale leading the group of the top performers.

However, some players have failed to live up to the expectations set with them before the start of the season, making very little or no impact whatsoever for their respective teams. Here are the top five striker flops of the season: 

Andy Carroll

Carroll’s adherents have now surely run out of arguments as the striker has yet again failed to put up a noticeable display. Following his £35 million pounds move to Liverpool, the 24-year-old could not manage to justify his ostentatious price tag, managing only 11 goals in 58 appearances for the Reds.

Even though the former Newcastle United player was seen in good form in the dying stages of the previous term, that was not enough for Brendan Rodgers to keep him at Anfield. 

He was loaned out to West Ham United as the manager deemed his style to be at odds with his playing philosophy.Sam Allardyce, the boss at Upton Park, went through great pains to claim Carroll’s signature in the summer. Sam had, at that time, claimed that the whole system at West Ham would support Carroll’s game, though he may now have a different say on the matter. The striker has only managed to find the back of the net on three occasions in 16 appearances - a worrisome stat for his team but good enough to claim a position in our list.

Papiss Cisse

Demba Ba’s and Papiss Cisse’s combined impact at Newcastle United saw them finish at an astonishing fifth place last term. Cisse, who arrived at the Sports Direct Arena in the January window last year, took the entire football world by surprise, blasting 13 goals in 14 matches, which included a gravity-defying scalp against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The striker had set extraordinarily high standards for himself coming into this season, but failed to replicate the form which had earned him the reputation of being one of the most feared strikers in the league. The 27-year-old has hit some goals recently, but his overall impact this campaign has been minimal. Consequently, the Magpies now find themselves tottering in the worse half of the table and have been engaged in a survival battle.

Seven goals in 28 league appearances, definitely not what his manager had expected of him.

Nikica Jelavic

Like Cisse, Jelavic was dubbed by many as the signing of the previous season. The Croatian sensation smashed Everton’s 100 year record by becoming the fastest player to reach the 10-goal mark.

Hence, many had put their money on him to spearhead the Toffees attack yet again this season and to fire them to Champion League places.

Jelavic though has proved to be a shadow of the player we saw him last season. His innocuous presence upfront has compounded David Moyes problems in the final third, exposing the Toffees weakness. However, the striker scored a remarkable goal in Everton’s 2-0 over City last week. The Everton fans will be hoping that the goal would kick-start another spell of fine form for Jelavic, who, in this writer’s opinion, has been lacklustre and ordinary thus far.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur sealed a permanent deal for the Togolese international in view of his successful loan spell at White Hart Lane last season.

However, things have surely not gone according to plan for the North London club as far as Adebayor is concerned. The striker has claimed just two league goals in 18 league appearances and has not been able to traumatise the defenders for which he had become notorious. The 29-year-old can take heart from the fact that it was his goal last week against Inter Milan which saw his side through into the next round of Europa League. The negatives though overwhelmingly outweigh his positives this term.

Fernando Torres

Liverpool’s once high-flying goal scorer is Chelsea’s £50 million pounds malfunctioning weapon. It has been more than two years since the Spaniard made the switch from Anfield to Stamford Bridge. But there has been very little change in fortunes for the striker as he has consistently failed to make a mark at West London.

It was believed that the arrival of Rafa Benitez at Chelsea could mark the return of the Torres of the old as it was under Benitez’s management that the striker introduced his predatory skills to the football world. However, Torres’ goal droughts continue to keep showing and haunt him for leaving Liverpool when many had advised him not to.


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