The 100 worst strikers in Premier League history: 80-61

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The 100 worst strikers in Premier League history: 80-61
The 100 worst strikers in Premier League history: 80-61


After 25 years the Premier League has seen its fair share of great goalscorers. But it has also witnessed a fair amount of mediocrity in its time.

While its greatest players remain revered, some of its worst are equally heralded.

Here Sportsmail take the countdown from Nos 80 to 61, with some names sure to spark a blast from the past…

80 – Frederic Piquionne

So good he was relegated twice. So good he was relegated by Avram Grant, twice.

Portsmouth and West Ham fans were unfortunate enough to see their sides relegated in 2010 and 2011.

That they had the awkwardly lanky Frederic Piquionne fluffing his lines up top may go someway to explaining their fates.

Frederic Piquionne was relegated twice during spells with West Ham and Portsmouth

Frederic Piquionne was relegated twice during spells with West Ham and Portsmouth

Frederic Piquionne was relegated twice during spells with West Ham and Portsmouth

79 – Andreas Lund

Wimbledon paid Molde £2.8million for the services of the Norway striker as they battled relegation in 2000.

Lund may have found the back of the net against Chelsea and Arsenal, but nobody else.

He returned to his homeland on loan but was forced to retire in 2002 after failing to recover from a serious knee injury. 

Wimbledon paid £2.8m for Andreas Lund but he was unable to save them from relegation

Wimbledon paid £2.8m for Andreas Lund but he was unable to save them from relegation

Wimbledon paid £2.8m for Andreas Lund but he was unable to save them from relegation

78 – Modibo Maiga

The Mali international arrived at West Ham in the summer of 2012, and made a bright start by scoring on his full home debut in the League Cup and then against Southampton in October.

But it did not last, and he bore the brunt of criticism from home fans despite the best efforts of Sam Allardyce to protect him. 

He eventually left in August 2015 for Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, and continues to ply his trade on the gulf now.

Modibo Maiga spent three years at West Ham but scored only four times in 34 games

Modibo Maiga spent three years at West Ham but scored only four times in 34 games

Modibo Maiga spent three years at West Ham but scored only four times in 34 games

77 – Nile Ranger

Ranger, who has been arrested more times than he has scored in the Premier League, is certainly one of the more colourful characters to have graced the league.

As a youngster in the Newcastle academy, Ranger was handed plenty of opportunities after helping the club to promotion from the Championship in 2010.

But after no goals in 26 Premier League games, Ranger’s off-field problems eventually caught up with him and he departed by mutual consent in March 2013. 

Nile Ranger failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League in 26 games for Newcastle

Nile Ranger failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League in 26 games for Newcastle

Nile Ranger failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League in 26 games for Newcastle

76 – Emmanuel Emenike

Emenike spent just half-a-season at West Ham but managed to make no impact whatsoever in his short spell at the club.

His only goals for the club came from a brace in an FA Cup win over Blackburn in February 2016.

After failing to find the target in 13 Premier League games, he returned to Fenerbahce, though barely anyone noticed. 

Emmanuel Emenike spent half-a-season at West Ham and didn't score in 13 league games

Emmanuel Emenike spent half-a-season at West Ham and didn't score in 13 league games

Emmanuel Emenike spent half-a-season at West Ham and didn’t score in 13 league games

75 – Luuk de Jong

A prolific goalscorer at Twente who had lost his way at Borussia Monchengladbach, Newcastle were hoping to rejuvenate De Jong when he arrived in January 2014.

His loan spell turned out to be a disaster, as he failed to find the net once in 12 appearances under Alan Pardew.

He has since been racking up the goals for PSV back in Holland, with 54 in 97 games.

Luuk de Jong was a prolific goalscorer in the Eredivisie but didn't score a single goal in England

Luuk de Jong was a prolific goalscorer in the Eredivisie but didn't score a single goal in England

Luuk de Jong was a prolific goalscorer in the Eredivisie but didn’t score a single goal in England

74 – Vincent Pericard

So bad, he failed to score for two different clubs during two different spells in the Premier League.

After helping Portsmouth to promotion in 2003, the Cameroonian played just 12 times in three seasons before moving to Stoke.

When Tony Pulis’ side came up in 2008 he managed only a further four Premier League appearances before eventually finding solace at Carlisle. 

Vincent Pericard did not score for either Portsmouth or Stoke in the Premier League

Vincent Pericard did not score for either Portsmouth or Stoke in the Premier League

Vincent Pericard did not score for either Portsmouth or Stoke in the Premier League

73 – Dong Fangzhuo

Was Fangzhuo ever talented? Or was he a cynical signing designed to tap into the Chinese market?

He became the first East Asian player to sign for Manchester United in January 2004, but made only one Premier League appearance, in May 2007.

Sir Alex Ferguson remarked that he had the ‘speed and physicality’ to play for the club, but his contract was terminated in 2008. 

Dong Fangzhuo made one substitute league appearance for Manchester United in four years

Dong Fangzhuo made one substitute league appearance for Manchester United in four years

Dong Fangzhuo made one substitute league appearance for Manchester United in four years

72 – Mauro Boselli

Voted the worst ever foreigner to play for Wigan by supporters, Boselli was a £6.5m signing from Estudiantes in 2010.

He was sent out on loan by Roberto Martinez more times than he found the back of the net in the Premier League during three miserable years in the north-west.

He eventually joined Mexican side Leon in 2013, where he has scored 78 times in 135 games. 

Mauro Boselli was voted the worst ever foreigner to play for Wigan by club supporters

Mauro Boselli was voted the worst ever foreigner to play for Wigan by club supporters

Mauro Boselli was voted the worst ever foreigner to play for Wigan by club supporters

71 – Michael Chopra

The Newcastle academy product famously pitched up at newly-promoted Sunderland in a £5m deal in 2007.

It was a high price at the time, but he failed to live up to the promise under Roy Keane, scoring eight in 39 after finding the net just once in the Premier League for his boyhood club.

He finally found success with Cardiff in the Championship but now turns out for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League.

Michael Chopra celebrates his one and only Premier League goal for Newcastle in 2006

Michael Chopra celebrates his one and only Premier League goal for Newcastle in 2006

Michael Chopra celebrates his one and only Premier League goal for Newcastle in 2006

70 – Sandor Torghelle

With Andy Johnson often playing as a lone striker, the Hungarian found starting opportunities hard to come by in his one season at Crystal Palace.

He scored only once, in the League Cup, and was sent off later in the game for diving.

The Hungarian finally left on a permanent basis to PAOK in 2006 after an abortive loan spell at Panathinaikos. 

Sandor Torghelle scored in the League Cup for Crystal Palace but was later sent off

Sandor Torghelle scored in the League Cup for Crystal Palace but was later sent off

Sandor Torghelle scored in the League Cup for Crystal Palace but was later sent off

69 – David Nugent

After years of banging in the goals at Championship level with Preston, Nugent finally got his break in the Premier League in 2007 when Portsmouth came calling.

But England’s infamous one-cap-one-goal wonder had to wait until January 2009 for his first Premier League goal.

He had relative loan success during a loan spell at Burnley in 2009-10 – scoring six times – and then scored five in Leicester’s first season back in 2014-15 before failing to find the target for Middlesbrough last year. 

David Nugent scored only 14 Premier League goals in five seasons with three clubs

David Nugent scored only 14 Premier League goals in five seasons with three clubs

David Nugent scored only 14 Premier League goals in five seasons with three clubs

68 – Nikola Kalinic

Kalinic was a £6m signing at Blackburn in 2009, but did not open his Premier League account until February 2010 despite helping Rovers to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

Sam Allardyce placed faith in him the following season, and was rewarded with five goals in 18 league games before he fell out of favour under Steve Kean.

Left for Ukrainian side Dnipro in 2011, where he enjoyed some success before finding himself at Fiorentina. He is now on loan at Italian giants AC Milan. 

Nikola Kalinic scored only seven goals in 44 Premier League games for Blackburn

Nikola Kalinic scored only seven goals in 44 Premier League games for Blackburn

Nikola Kalinic scored only seven goals in 44 Premier League games for Blackburn

67 – Shefki Kuqi

The Finland striker was something of a Football League journeyman, though his various forays into the Premier League brought little success.

Despite standing at 6ft 2in, the bulky hitman scored only seven times in his one season at Ewood Park, mostly finding himself on the bench.

Kuqi failed to find the net in 10 appearances on loan at Fulham in 2007, nor in six games for Newcastle when he was recruited to replace the Liverpool-bound Andy Carroll in 2011. 

Shefki Kuqi scored seven times for Blackburn but went goalless for Fulham and Newcastle

Shefki Kuqi scored seven times for Blackburn but went goalless for Fulham and Newcastle

Shefki Kuqi scored seven times for Blackburn but went goalless for Fulham and Newcastle

66 – Claudio Pizarro

A bosman signing after running down his contract at Bayern Munich, where he had scored 100 goals in 256 games, the Peruvian looked to be a shrewd signing by Jose Mourinho.

Things got off to an inauspicious start after he missed a penalty in the Community Shield, but then he scored on his debut against Birmingham. 

But barely a month into the new campaign Mourinho was gone, and with Nicolas Anelka on his way in January, he found himself surplus to requirements under Avram Grant. He ended the season with two goals in 21 games.

Claudio Pizarro scored twice for Chelsea in 21 Premier League games in his one season

Claudio Pizarro scored twice for Chelsea in 21 Premier League games in his one season

Claudio Pizarro scored twice for Chelsea in 21 Premier League games in his one season

65 – Florin Raducioiu

Signed for £2.4m by Harry Redknapp on the back of scoring Romania’s only goal at Euro 96, Raducioiu never quite settled at West Ham.

He scored against Manchester United, only after being criticised by the manager for shopping with his wife at Harvey Nichols on a previous match day, which he denied.

After just one season in east London, Raducioiu returned to Espanyol having been unable to keep up with the demands of English football.

Florin Raducioiu was criticised by Harry Redknapp for going to Harvey Nichols on match day

Florin Raducioiu was criticised by Harry Redknapp for going to Harvey Nichols on match day

Florin Raducioiu was criticised by Harry Redknapp for going to Harvey Nichols on match day

64 – Franco Di Santo

Though pipped by Khalid Boulahrouz as the most obscure No 9 in Chelsea’s Premier League history, Di Santo managed to make even less of an impact at Stamford Bridge.

A loan spell at Blackburn in 2009-10 brought only one goal before Wigan took a punt on the Argentine a year later.

He scored 13 times in three seasons at the DW Stadium, and unable to halt the slide to relegation in 2013 he was released before heading to Werder Bremen.

Franco Di Santo scored 13 times in three seasons Wigan after a fruitless spell at Chelsea

Franco Di Santo scored 13 times in three seasons Wigan after a fruitless spell at Chelsea

Franco Di Santo scored 13 times in three seasons Wigan after a fruitless spell at Chelsea

63 – Ibrahima Bakayoko

Walter Smith brought the Ivorian striker to Everton in 1998 for £4.5m after an impressive spell at Montpellier.

His time at Goodison Park was short and sweet. He lasted just the one season, and scored only four times in 23 appearances. 

Ibrahima Bakayoko lasted one season at Everton and scored four times in 23 games

Ibrahima Bakayoko lasted one season at Everton and scored four times in 23 games

Ibrahima Bakayoko lasted one season at Everton and scored four times in 23 games

62 – Viorel Moldovan

Before he became the vanquisher of English hopes at both World Cup 98 and Euro 2000, Moldovan enjoyed a brief spell with Coventry.

After two goal-laden years at Grasshoppers, the Romanian joined in December 1997 but was unable to settle at Highfield Road.

Though he scored a famous winning goal against Aston Villa, to end the Sky Blues’ Villa Park curse, he was soon on his way out after 10 games and just two goals.

Viorel Moldovan made a name for himself  scoring against England after his time at Coventry

Viorel Moldovan made a name for himself  scoring against England after his time at Coventry

Viorel Moldovan made a name for himself  scoring against England after his time at Coventry

61 – Andreas Andersson

Despite a failed spell at AC Milan in 1997-98, Newcastle decided Andersson’s impressive goalscoring record at Gothenburg was worth the risk.

But the Swede never really stood a chance with Alan Shearer in his way. 

He was meant to be Kenny Dalglish’s Tino Asprilla replacement, but he netted just twice in 18 matches before being shipped of to AIK Solna.

Andreas Andersson failed at AC Milan before netting only twice in 18 games for Newcastle

Andreas Andersson failed at AC Milan before netting only twice in 18 games for Newcastle

Andreas Andersson failed at AC Milan before netting only twice in 18 games for Newcastle



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