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15 Premier League Stars Who've Forgotten Where the Goal Is

Peter WebsterContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

15 Premier League Stars Who've Forgotten Where the Goal Is

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    Scoring goals by the bucket load can make you an instant hero for your club.

    On the flip side, not scoring them can make you the pantomime villain—so who'd be a striker?

    The best in the world seem to score every week, but nobody is impervious to the dreaded goal drought.

    Once the pressure of not scoring for a few games running starts to build, it can severely hamper a player's confidence.

    Here are 15 Premier League players who have forgotten where the back of the net is.

Fernando Torres

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    Chelsea's £50 million signing has to start us off on this list.

    Torres scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances when he was at Liverpool, which prompted Roman Abramovich to sanction the monster transfer deal for the Spaniard.

    Since arriving at Chelsea, Torres has scored three goals in 34 league games and has not been the missing piece of the puzzle that everyone expected him to be.

Andy Carroll

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    Liverpool had to replace Torres to satisfy the Kop so they shelled out £35 million on Andy Carroll from Newcastle United.

    Carroll has only fared marginally better than Torres since his move and has scored five league goals in 30 games for the Merseyside club.

    His performances of late have been much improved though.

Luis Suarez

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    Suarez brings a lot more than goals to the table when he plays football, but the Uruguayan should be scoring more than he has so far this season.

    Since October 1st, 2011, Suarez has scored just two league goals.

    Admittedly there was an eight-game ban in the midst of that period, but Suarez has played over 70 minutes 12 times within that period.

    Perhaps his recent strike against Manchester United is a sign that things are about to change.

Ivan Klasnic

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    Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic started the season like a man with a point to prove.

    Three goals in his first three league games was an impressive start and he had notched up seven by December 10th.

    Things have slipped a little for Klasnic since then and he hasn't managed a league goal since, although he was injured for a period.

    With Bolton currently in the relegation zone, manager Owen Coyle will want that statistic to change rapidly.

Gabriel Agbonlahor

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    Agbonlahor started the season in much the same way as Klasnic, netting five times in his first 11 league games.

    However, Agbonlahor has really gone off the boil and has not managed a league goal since November 5th.

    Aston Villa currently find themselves seven points clear of being a relegation candidate.

Kenwyne Jones

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    Kenwyne Jones netted seven league goals in the '07/08 season, followed by 10 in '08/09, nine in '09/10, and nine in '10/11.

    So far in this '11/12 season Jones has scored once.

    That's not good enough for a man of whom better things are expected.

Rafael van der Vaart

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    Despite being a midfielder, Rafael van der Vaart has scored seven times already this season—not bad, you might think.

    Van der Vaart is a victim of his own success unfortunately, as last season he notched 13 and was the club's top league goal scorer.

    Whilst seven goals this term is on its way to achieving a similar number, Van der Vaart has only found the back of the net once in the Premier League since October 30th, 2011.

    Harry Redknapp will want him to shake off his seemingly frequent hamstring problems and get back to scoring goals.

David Silva

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    David Silva has been the king of assists so far this season with 13, but more goals are still expected of him.

    Silva has scored five in the Premier League so far this term but only one has come since November 5th, 2011.

    If Manchester City want to win the title, they will be hoping for a little more of a contribution from the Spaniard.

Theo Walcott

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    The pace Theo Walcott possesses and the attacking fluidity in which Arsenal can create chances mean that Walcott should be scoring a lot more goals than he has been.

    His previous best of nine in last season's Premier League campaign is three times as many as he has managed so far this season.

    Walcott has scored once since October 29th, 2011.

    Arsenal need him to start helping out Robin van Persie.

Emile Heskey

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    I can hear you all sighing as you read his name.

    Once the first-choice target man for Michael Owen and England, Emile Heskey has scored one solitary league goal this season despite playing 934 minutes of football.

    That's a touch over 10 full matches if you were wondering.

Kevin Davies

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    Kevin Davies is reaching the twilight of his career but his game was never based on pace.

    The Bolton striker has scored just twice so far in the league this season in 1,247 minutes of football, with his last coming November 6th, 2011.

    Bolton expect more from their forward.

Hugo Rodallega

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    There are signs that Hugo Rodallega's goal-scoring touch is beginning to return as he has scored two in Wigan's last six games. However, those are the only goals he has scored all season long.

    Rodallega has played 1,104 minutes of football, so lack of pitch time is no excuse.

Dirk Kuyt

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    Argue all you like about whether Dirk Kuyt is a midfielder or a forward; it doesn't really matter.

    Kuyt was Liverpool's top league goal scorer last season despite playing in midfield.

    The Dutchman netted 13 times in the league during the '10/11 campaign but has found the net only once in the league this season despite playing over 1,300 minutes of football.

    Liverpool's goal-scoring problems are making a lot more sense looking at the players they have on this list.

Michael Owen

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    Michael Owen has had a horrific run of injuries over the past half decade, but even so his league goal scoring has been relatively poor.

    Owen has managed just five goals in the last three seasons in the Premier League and has yet to score this season.

    Step one has to be getting back on the pitch before he forgets what it looks like.

Andrei Arshavin

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    Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin seemed to be another astute purchase by Arsene Wenger when he signed him, but the Russian's form has been poor this season and he is nowhere near his best.

    Arshavin scored 22 goals in the previous three Premier League seasons combined but has hit just one so far this campaign. That was back on September 10th, 2011.

Afterthoughts

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    Unless you're Robin van Persie or Cristiano Ronaldo, goal scorers tend to be patchy.

    They will score goals for weeks running and then suddenly dry up for a spell before returning to the previous.

    The issues begin when those players can't get that goal they need to start a good run and the pressure-cooker effect begins.

    Fans are generally unforgiving, but if a player's performances show willing and effort, they are less likely to get on your back.

    Van Persie seems to have the golden boot wrapped up for this season already, and nobody on this list is likely to get anywhere near him this season.

    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out how each bottom-10 Premier League team can avoid the drop and the top 20 January transfer deals.

    On Twitter? Follow me @petercwebster where I post all my B/R content.

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