The longest Premier League goalscoring droughts by forwards

There were scenes of jubilation at St. James’ Park yesterday, as Newcastle scored late on to secure all three points to leapfrog Crystal Palace in the Premier League table.

However, there was as much pleasure taken from the scorer of the goal as the result itself.

Miguel Almiron smashed the ball home from an Andy Carroll knockdown to mark his 27th Premier League appearance with a goal, ending his drought.

The 25-year-old had gone 26 games without scoring for his new club.

Despite this, when the chance fell to him late on he finished like a forward full of confidence, before ripping his shirt off and running into the crowd.

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Almiron ending his long wait for a Premier League goal got us thinking? Just what is the longest Premier League goal drought?

The Paraguayan will be happy to know he gets nowhere near some of the people on this list.


The first name on the list is ex-Arsenal striker Aliadiere, who went nearly 40 games in the Premier League without finding the net.

It started promisingly for the Frenchman in Arsenal colours, scoring in the 5-2 victory against West Bromwich Albion at the start of the 2002 season but that was as good as it got.

The forward failed to find the back of the net in the league until 2007 for Middlesborough, in which time he played four seasons for Arsenal and had a stint on loan at West Ham.


Stewart arrived at Anfield for £2.3 million following successful goalscoring form at Blackpool, Manchester City, where he averaged a goal every two games, and Tottenham Hotspur.

It looked to be an inspired bit of business from the Merseyside club after the forward struck the winner on his home debut against Sheffield United.

Sadly for Stewart that was to be his first and last goal for the Reds in the league, failing to find the net in his remaining games for the club before being sold to Sunderland in 1996.


Another Liverpool man and another 40-game drought. El Hadji Diouf had an inflated opinion of himself but couldn’t back it up during his time at Anfield.

Diouf netted just three times in 55 league appearances for the Reds, two of which were on his home debut.

He also managed the remarkable feat of going an entire season without scoring in the league during his second campaign and was sold to Bolton in 2005.


The 40-game goal drought seems to be a trend. Dowie suffered his while playing for West Ham in 1996.

The forward, who netted 116 league goals across the divisions in his career, is probably best remembered by Hammers fans for a thumping header against Stockport in the League Cup.

Unfortunately for Dowie it was into his own net and he ended his playing days as a defender after he was shipped off to Queens Park Rangers.


It started oh so well for Rosenthal in England. The Israeli forward netted seven times in eight games for Liverpool while on loan from Standard Liege, helping to secure the Reds the title.

However, later in his career he transferred to Tottenham where he endured a torrid time, scoring just four times in 88 appearances in the Premier League.

He failed to find the target in his first full season for Spurs, but after finally doing so in his second campaign he then went two years without a league goal.


A somewhat surprising name on the list is McClair, who spent 11 seasons at Manchester United, scoring 88 goals.

In his first campaign the Scotsman scored 24 league goals, only beaten in the goal charts by Liverpool’s John Aldridge.

At the end of his career he appeared more frequently off the bench for United, leading to a 45-game drought to finish off his Premier League career.


Cresswell proved himself to be a potent finisher in the lower leagues, but he just couldn’t quite make the step up to the Premier League.

He managed 67 appearances in England’s top flight while at Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester and Stoke but found the net just twice.

His last goal came in the 1999/2000 season and his final top flight appearance was in the 2009/10 campaign, representing a 10-year Premier League drought.


Berahino enjoyed a prolific campaign for West Brom in the 2014/15 season, netting 14 goals in 38 games.

However, after a lengthy transfer saga Berahino fell out of favour at the Hawthornes and moved to Stoke City in 2017 where his barren run took place.

Only dropping down to the Championship stopped his Premier League drought and the 26-year-old is now plying his trade in Belgium for S.V. Zulte Waregem.


Boa Morte somehow managed to go an entire two seasons without finding the net after transferring to West Ham from Fulham.

It wasn’t due to a lack of appearances either, turning out 54 times for the Hammers over those two campaigns.

A serious knee injury kept him out of much of the following campaign, but he ended his drought by scoring on his return against Manchester City on the final day of the season.


Yes, somehow Smith managed to go 70 Premier League games without a goal. It really is unbelievable.

After moving from Leeds Smith scored just seven goals for Manchester United, the last of which in 2005 marks the start of his drought.

Even more remarkably, he then transferred to Newcastle and failed to find the target in his 52 Premier League outings for the Magpies.

While he did shift into more of a midfield role, going 70 games without a goal is truly woeful.

And there you have it, the Premier League’s biggest goal droughts by forwards.

Of course you have many defenders who have gone longer without scoring, most notably Premier League winner Danny Simpson who has managed to go 213 games in the top flight without a goal.

However, as it’s not his job we’ll let him off the hook. Some of the strikers on this list on the other hand, hang your head in shame.

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