The Daily Mail's top 10 all-time worst EPL strikers will seriously test your memory


The Premier League is considered the best league in the world by many, but that doesn't mean it hasn't since it's fair share of duds too.

With all the high-profile, big money signings that have made heir way to England's top-flight down the years, there is always bound to be a few that don't quite live up to expectations.

Of course, the world is smaller now too. Chances are, fans will at least have a vague idea about a signing before they arrive and if they don't, Google is there to help.

But, back in the late 1990's when money was just starting to really take ahold of the game, there were some foreign imports and even some big-money British deals that are best forgotten about.

The Daily Mail has put together a list of the top 100 worst strikers in Premier League history and the top 10 is sure to test your knowledge. Check it out below:

10) Erik Meijer - Liverpool

The one-time Dutch international joined Liverpool on a free back in 1999 but only lasted one year at the club and failed to score a league goal. At 6'2", he had the physical tools and worked hard, but that's literally it.

Patrick Vieira of Arsenal and Eric Meijer of Liverpool

9) Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Norwich

When the Canaries made their way back to the Premier League in 2013, one thing they learned from their last relegation was that they needed to score more goals. Enter £8.5 million man Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the most promising young striker Holland had at the time. He would only score once in 25 games - on his debut - and Norwich were relegated again.

Norwich City v Everton - Premier League

8) Andreas Cornelius - Cardiff

Another example of a newly-promoted club hoping a promising striker would take to the Premier League, and another example of a club getting it wrong. The Bluebirds paid FC Copenhagen £8m for the then-20-year-old in 2013 and he failed to score in 11 appearances.

Cardiff City v Sunderland - Premier League

7) Konstantinos Mitroglou - Fulham

Fulham were in the thick of a relegation battle back in 2014 and during the transfer window, they decided to splash £12m on Greek striker Konstantionos Mitroglou. However, due to fitness issues, he only played three times, failed to score, Fulham were relegated, and then he went back to Olympiakos. Bizarre. Has since scored for Benfica in the Champions League, too.

West Bromwich Albion v Fulham - Barclays Premier League

6) Victor Anichebe - Everton, West Brom, Sunderland

Now, Victor Anichebe was never billed as a free-scoring forward. He was a powerhouse that could act as a fine foil for the right partner. But the fact that he was hardly ever fit did not help his cause to evade this list and the stats are damning. The Nigerian international scored 27 times in 197 appearances, which means he scored roughly once every seven or eight games. In 12 years.

Middlesbrough v Sunderland - Premier League

5) Afonso Alves - Middlesbrough

The Brazilian forward arrived on Teeside for a club record £12.5m and with a return of 10 goals in 42 games, that's not actually that bad. But, in 2009, that kind of money meant more than it does today and after bagging 34 goals in 31 games for Heerenveen the season prior, he was expected to lead Boro to safety. Which he did not.

Middlesborough's Afonso Alves (R) celebr

4) Stephane Guivarc'h - Newcastle

Signing a World Cup-winning striker is normally a pretty foolproof plan I think most of us can agree and hot on the heels of France's 1998 success, Kenny Dalglish brought Stephane Guivarc'h to Tyneside. He scored on his debut against Liverpool, but after Dalglish was sacked, the Frenchman only made three more goalless appearances before being shipped north of the border to Rangers. He only lasted three months.

Stephane Guivarc''h of Newcastle

3) Ade Akinbiyi - Leicester

Probably the most famous name on the list. When the Foxes sold Emile Heskey to Liverpool, their answer was a £5.5m Ade Akinbiyi. After managing nine goals in his first season, his 2001–02 campaign was horrible. He famously ripped off his shirt after breaking his barren spell against Sunderland and revealed a very impressive physique, but it didn't help him in front of goal. He'd only score once more that term to finish with two in 21 games.

Leicester v S''land X

2) Ali Dia - Southampton

This would never happen in today's football. Never. But back in 1996, somehow it did. A friend of Ali Dia's called then-Southampton boss Graham Souness pretending to be then-World Footballer of the Year, George Weah. He told Souness that Dia was his cousin and suggested he give him a chance. Somehow, Souness handed him a one-month deal and made his debut off the bench against Leeds. However, he was so bad that he was subbed back off again and released just days later.

1) Jozy Altidore - Sunderland & Hull City

The American international is another one where you think, he has some useful attributes, but they simply aren't conducive to goals. He has pace and power, but clumsy control and zero composure in front of goal led to two Premier League goals in 70 appearances. A strike rate of one goal every 35 games is literally insane.

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