Season after season, clubs up and down the country will spend big on a new striker who they hope can fire them to glory, but some are less successful than others.

When a player arrives with the sole purpose of scoring goals, the pressure is immediately on, and some fail to live up to expectation, especially when they're accompanied by a hefty price tag.

While it's still early days for those recruited this summer, some clearly haven't settled as they would have liked yet and GMS Academy member, Chris Wyrntre, takes a look at the top 10.

10. Andy Carroll

Sustaining an injury that'll keep him out for between three weeks and six months is not the individual's fault, but that doesn't make his career any easier. After a rocky start to his Liverpool career, which made him seek out a loan move to West Ham which turned into a permanent deal, the English striker must recover quickly to get his season back on track.

9. Arouna Kone

A move that was considered a decent one until the arrival of Romelu Lukaku almost unexpectedly. Kone was signed from Roberto Martinez's former club Wigan Athletic for £6million, many of the Everton faithful would have expected him to easily oust Nikica Jelavic, particularly because of his impressive 11-goal tally under Martinez last season.

Enter Lukaku. Martinez does not hide his desire to play five midfielders behind a lone striker who can hold the ball and shield it whilst bringing others into play. Lukaku can do this very well, and by October, Kone has only received 58 minutes of playing time and it looks unlikely to change unless injury hinders the young Belgian's form and starting position.

8. Nicolas Anelka

A fun fact; Nicolas Anelka is the most caught offside player in the division, and with four league goals in 32 months, and three of them coming from China, signals a huge goal drought and a career coming to a close.

7. Danny Graham

Taking to account he's on loan, his wages probably aren't comparable to the likes of Van Persie or Giroud, but Hull City deserve some bang for their cash, and so far they've received no bang for their buck.

In fact, Graham has gone 1,481 minutes without a league goal, which is a huge goal drought for someone playing top flight football.

6. Andre Schurrle

£18 million worth of talent coming from Leverkusen always promises to pay back what you paid. He was a shining gem for Leverkusen throughout their season in the Bundesliga, but has failed to replicate any of that form at Premier League side Chelsea.

Ten shots on goal may allow some leway, but with a shot accuracy of only 20%, it's easily the worst in the Chelsea first team. Yes, this squad includes David Luiz, who was caught shooting from the halfway line against Norwich City.

5. Ricky Van Wolfswinkel

One shot on target in his last six Premier League games. As Norwich City's record signing, you would expect more from the Dutchman who previously played for Sporting in Portugal. Now in the relegation zone and misfiring in front of goal shows how much their "star signing" has been struggling and will need to pick up his form if Norwich are to evade the dangers of relegation.

4. Jozy Altidore

The American striker, signed by Paolo Di Canio during his short reign at Sunderland, showed promise at AZ before making a return to the Premier League, which has now vanished. The striker sits at 34 Premier League games and only one goal. When you spend £8million on an international striker, you would like to believe that it would take him a significantly shorter amount of time to take his goal tally above 10 for a season.

3. Roberto Soldado

Signed by Spurs for a whopping £26million, you'd expect better than two penalties by October. Since the departure of Gareth Bale, Tottenham needed to replace the threat of the Welsh international one way or another, and they did. But there is absolutely no doubt that Tottenham Hotspur are struggling offensively. Six goals in seven games is a total lower than thirteen Premier League teams, and Andre Villas Boas must be quick to find a solution before Daniel Levy finds one himself. 

After the shocking 3-0 defeat to West Ham, due to Ravel Morrison's stunning strike, an answer may lie in having two strikers sit up front and having a more patient midfield, but it remains now that Roberto Soldado must be labelled as an underwhelming signing for the London giants.

2. Pablo Osvaldo 

Osvaldo recently said: "I’m already thinking about moving back to Argentina. I want to play for Boca, that’s my dream. I have been dreaming about wearing Boca’s shirt during my entire life."


Playing for any football team professionally is my dream, Pablo, rest assured.

These comments made by Pablo Osvaldo came 49 days after he became Southampton's record signing. But one goal and four shots on target in his seven games haven't exactly justified the Italian international's £15million fee paid by the Saints.

1. Iago Aspas 

Six games, no goals, two shots and with Luis Suarez now comfortably back in the Liverpool side and developing a formidable partnership with Daniel Sturridge, Aspas' chances look limited to say the least.

Hopefully these striker's form pick up, it would be interesting to see them at the height of their games scoring goals for their respective teams, especially Roberto Soldado, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Jozy Altidore, three new exciting aspects brought to the Premier League this season. 

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