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The 100 worst strikers in Premier League history… count down of biggest flops

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 fly through Nos 40 to 21 and close in on the top 20, with some names sure to spark a blast from the past…

40 – Diego Forlan
Diego Forlan had a magnificent career and became one of the most feared strikers in European football, but the version that played on these shores was a shadow of that player.

After Manchester United gazumped Middlesbrough to his signature in January 2002, the Uruguayan took an incredible 27 games to get off the mark.

Memorably he scored a brace in a 2-1 win at Anfield – one he can thank Jerzy Dudek for – and had to run around topless after netting against Southampton because he couldn’t get his shirt back on.

After 10 goals in 63 games he moved on to Villarreal and then to Atletico Madrid, and the rest is history.

39 – Savio
West Ham splurged £9m on German youth player Savio Nsereko in January 2009 after the departure of Craig Bellamy.

He was handed the No 10 shirt but managed only 10 Premier League appearances in half-a-season at Upton Park.

He was then sold to Fiorentina for a fraction of the initial cost.

38 – Albert Luque
Days before the signing of Michael Owen, Graeme Souness bought Spain international Albert Luque to Newcastle for £9m.

A hamstring injury suffered in just his second game was a sign of things to come for the former Deportivo La Coruna striker. He finally got off the mark in April 2006, but was then left without a squad No at the start of Sam Allardyce’s reign in 2007.

He eventually joined Ajax later in that window, having found the back of the net just that solitary time.

37 – Corrado Grabbi
Upon Blackburn’s return to the Premiership in 2001, Italian striker Grabbi arrived from Ternana in a record £6.75m move.

But he failed to fit into the team and the style of English football, scoring only once in his first season.

He returned to his homeland on loan before one final stab at making it at Ewood Park. He managed another goal before leaving permanently in 2004.

36 – Mario Jardel
Two-time winner of the European Golden Shoe, Mario Jardel was another exotic name who found himself at Bolton under Sam Allardyce.

But after terrific spells in Portugal and Turkey, the Brazilian couldn’t quite get the hang of England.

Problems with his weight defined his time at the Reebok Stadium and he lasted half-a-season, failing to score in the Premier League.

35 – Jonathan Calleri
Jonathan Calleri arrived at West Ham on a season-long loan in August 2016 but his time at the London Stadium was entirely forgettable.

He managed 17 league appearances and one goal, but did not start in the Premier League until April 2017.

He returned to Deportivo Maldonado at the end of his loan, though no one would have noticed if he’d stayed.

34 – Jeremie Aliadiere
Aliadiere was 16 when Arsene Wenger plucked him from Clairefontaine in 1999.

But in eight years at Arsenal he played 29 Premier League goals and scored just once, in August 2002.

After several loan spells away he wound up at Middlesbrough, where he scored seven times over two campaigns before relegation struck in 2009.

33 – Lee Dong-gook
Lee Dong-gook came to Middlesbrough in January 2007 from Pohang Steelers but struggled to make any impact at all in England.

Free-scoring back in South Korea, he was anything but for Gareth Southgate’s side.

After a grand total of zero goals in 23 Premier League appearances he was released, and ended up at Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

32 – Bernardo Corradi
After suffering the ignominy of a red card on debut, Bernardo Corradi’s Manchester City career never really took off.
He didn’t find the net until his 13th appearance of the season in November, and was then sent off in the Manchester derby.

He then lost his place to Emile Mpenza in a Stuart Pearce side that could not buy a goal, scoring only three all season, before departing on loan to Parma and eventually permanently to Reggina.

He may not have found the net often, but at least he knew how to celebrate when he did.

31 – Eder
Has there ever been a less likely matchwinner of a major international tournament?
Portugal shocked the whole of Europe when they triumphed over hosts France at Euro 2016, but even more so when it was Eder who struck the winner from distance.

He was just on the back of a season at Swansea where he failed to score in any of his 15 matches, and looked completely lost to the demands of the Premier League.

30 – Marco Boogers
Harry Redknapp spent £1m to bring the Dutch journeyman to West Ham in 1995, despite never having seen him play.

But with a name like ‘Marco Boogers’, is it any wonder he wasn’t much cop? He was lucky to escape a red card on his debut against Manchester United, and made the last of his four league appearances in December that year.

When Redknapp brought in the veteran Iain Dowie later in the season it was a thoroughly non-eventful way for the Dutchman’s time in England to fizzle out.

29 – Kenny Miller
A Football League goal-getter and prolific north of the border, Kenny Miller just could not hack the Premier League.

Throughout his nomadic career the Scot has played only two seasons in England’s top-flight, and was relegated both times with Wolves in 2003 and Derby in 2008.

He scored six times in 55 Premier League games, but it was his long-range cracker which gave Derby their only win of the 2007-08 season.

28 – Martin Dahlin
Dahlin was a key part of the Sweden side which reached the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup, and arrived at Blackburn from Roma three years later.

He scored four times in 21 league appearances in his first season, but a serious injury in his second limited him to only six more games.

Blackburn later sued their insurance company who had refused to pay out over the injury, but in 2006 the High Court ruled against them, leaving Rovers £4m out of pocket.

27 – Marvin Emnes
Middlesbrough signed Marvin Emnes in the summer of 2008 for £3.2m, but it was only after they had been relegated at the end of that season that he finally found the net in the league.

He returned to the Premier League with Swansea in 2014, and finally broke his duck in the English top-flight.

That was it though for Emnes, who failed to find the back of the net in the next two seasons.

26 – Rolando Bianchi
Sven-Goran Eriksson kicked-off the Thaksin Shinawatra era at Manchester City with a raid on the continent in the summer of 2007.

Italian striker Bianchi came from Reggina for £8.8m, and despite scoring on his debut against West Ham he soon found that England did not agree with him.

He voiced criticism at English cuisine and alcohol culture, and was allowed to leave on loan to Lazio in January 2008 before a permanent move to Torino that summer.


25 – David Bellion
Sunderland procured David Bellion from Cannes in 2001 but he did little in two seasons at the Stadium of Light.

It was a surprise, then, that Manchester United came calling in 2003 when his contract expired.

He found first-team opportunities scarce at Old Trafford and after a fruitless loan spell at West Ham he departed England having scored five times in 52 Premier League games.

24 – Giorgios Samaras
Manchester City moved for Greek striker Giorgios Samaras in January 2006 for a fee of £6m after a goal-laden period in the Eredivisie.

Standing at 6ft 4in, City fans probably expected a different kind of striker than the one they got.

But he was neither dominant in the air nor physically strong enough to thrive in the Premier League.

He scored eight times in three seasons for City, before moving north of the border to Celtic.

23 – Conor Sammon
Irish striker Conor Sammon was a fish out of water in the Premier League. After banging in the goals for Kilmarnock, Wigan came knocking for a cut-price fee in January 2011.

He scored his one and only goal for the club in a dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham that sealed their survival, and sent the Hammers down.

But his one-and-only full campaign at the DW Stadium failed to yield a single goal, and he departed to the Championship. It was for the best.

22 – Radamel Falcao
Manchester United broke the bank for the loan signing of Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao on deadline day in September 2014.
A £6m fee for the year was agreed with Monaco, and he signed a £265,000-per-week deal.

He was supposedly worth the hassle, despite his advancing years and a serious knee injury that had curtailed his previous season.

His time in England proved a disaster. He lasted one year at Old Trafford, scoring four times in 29 games.

Chelsea were intrigued enough to have a go the next year, and he was even worse, scoring just once in 12 appearances, too slow and knackered to do his fearsome reputation any justice whatsoever.

21 – Helder Postiga
Porto had just won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2003, and Helder Postiga was hot property. Glenn Hoddle was reshaping Tottenham’s forward line and paid £6.25m for the Portuguese marksman.

But his time in England was an unhappy one, he failed to settle and deal with the pace of the top-flight.

His one and only Premier League goal came in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in February 2004 before he returned to Porto and struggled to get his faltering career back on track.

The 100 worst strikers in Premier League history… count down of biggest flops
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