Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel had one of the longest goal droughts in recent memory in the Premier League, going 185 matches without a goal.
While is goalless streak is impressive, it does not stand up to Kenny Cunningham’s impressive record.
Cunningham - active from 1989-2007 - played for Millwall, Wimbledon, Birmingham City, and Sunderland only netting once during his time at Millwall.
With Mikel finally netting against Fulham, only four active players have goalless streaks longer than 55 matches. So, without further ado, here are the English top-flight's goalless wonders:
Tony Hibbert - 259 matches
Hibbert made his debut for Everton in 2001; since then he has become Everton’s current longest-serving player, and made more European appearances than any other player in a Toffee’s jersey, but has failed to score.
The defender is yet to feature in a Premier League match this season, so for now his streak remains at 259 matches.
Andy Wilkinson - 118 matches
Another defender who makes the unwanted list, Wilkinson has been with Stoke City on a full time basis since 2006. The defender has netted one goal in his time at Stoke; in a pre-season friendly against SV Thal in 2011.
In 118 league appearances, he has yet to find the back of the net. Like Hibbert, Wilkinson has yet to appear this season, meaning his woeful streak remains at 188 for now.
Leon Britton - 72 matches
The only midfielder on the list, Britton has been in the Premier League with Swansea City since their promotion in 2011. In a little over two full season in England’s top-flight, Britton has yet to score for the Swans.
Britton seems the most likely to end his drought, as he has scored 15 times for Swansea; albeit in the lower leagues. Britton also has the distinction of being one of a handful of players who has played in all four professional divisions of English football.
Fabian Delph - 55 matches
The youngest player on the list, Delph is only in his second full season in the top-flight. The England international has been with Aston Villa since 2009, but did not play regularly until last season.
Predominately used as a left-back, Delph has had limited opportunities to score, but has shown ability against lesser opponents in the League Cup.
He has already scored in the League Cup this season; in Villa’s 3-0 victory over League One side Rotherham United on August 28.
Undoubtedly, if any of these players do find the net, they should receive a similar ovation to Mikel, who was serenaded with a: “He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants” chant from the Chelsea faithful after his 81st minute strike at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Here’s hoping one of the four unlucky players are able to score this season!
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