Strikers these days have more of a fluid role than strikers of the past. In the past, the game demanded goals and teams were heavily reliant on their strikers to deliver every single game in the Premier League.
It is said scoring for strikers is easier now than in the past, however, this might not be true if you look at these five famous strikers who were the least productive forwards for their respective teams when it came to their goal output….
5. Emile Heskey
Emile Heskey‘s highest ever goal tally in a Premier League season was 13. That itself is enough for him to be one of the least productive strikers in the league’s history.
However, it can be argued that he spent his time feeding his striking partners than scoring himself. But still, when you go on to see his video compilations of misses, you’ll know why he eventually became a meme in the football world.
4. Craig Bellamy
Craig Bellamy was the epitome of energy, will-power and pace. His attitude towards the game was pretty incredible.
However, his return to his teams in terms of goals or even assists is not that impressive. In the 437 games he played in his career for nine different clubs, Bellamy’s goal return was 121.
3. Nwankwo Kanu
If Nwankwo Kanu had made more starts for Arsenal instead of being a substitute most of the time, he would have become a legend at the club.
However, his best tally in the Premier League was just 12 goals in the 2000-01 season. One can definitely argue that Kanu was a deputy to league legends like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal.
However, Kanu was incredible for Portsmouth, winning the FA Cup in 2008.
2. Peter Crouch
There are many reasons to call Peter Crouch a Premier League great but everything with regards to his stats do not support these claims.
Crouch’s best effort in the Premier League was 12 goals for Southampton, which led to his move to Liverpool.
However, Crouch was always a source for more goals for his teammates, who used his height to their advantage.
1. Eidur Gudjohnsen
Eidur Gudjohnsen fell one short of reaching the 15 league goals mark with Chelsea in 2001-02 and he still managed to keep his place in Jose Mourinho’s side which consisted of Adrian Mutu and Hernan Crespo being bought and sold during his stay the club.
The Iceland superstar played 210 games and scored 55 goals in his Premier League stint. He also netted 10 goals in 72 appearances in La Liga. Gudjohnsen retired in 2017.